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Absolute Black > Road chainrings > Absolute Black 110/4&5 BCD 2X Chainring FSA Gossamer, SL-K & K-Force
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Absolute Black 110/4&5 BCD 2X Chainring FSA Gossamer, SL-K & K-Force

Item#PriceStock
34T black
#: FSOV34/4BK
Price: $83.99
Stock: In stock
FSOV34/4BK$83.99In stock
36T black
#: FSOV36/4BK
Price: $83.99
Stock: In stock
FSOV36/4BK$83.99In stock
38T black
#: FSOV38/4BK
Price: $83.99
Stock: In stock
FSOV38/4BK$83.99In stock
39T black
#: FSOV39/4BK
Price: $83.99
Stock: In stock
FSOV39/4BK$83.99In stock
50T black
#: FSOV50/4BK
Price: $169.99
Stock: In stock
FSOV50/4BK$169.99In stock
52T black
#: FSOV52/4BK
Price: $169.99
Stock: In stock
FSOV52/4BK$169.99In stock
53T black
#: FSOV53/4BK
Price: $169.99
Stock: In stock
FSOV53/4BK$169.99In stock

Options/Parts

Long, 4 bolts + nuts
#: BOLT4L
Price: $29.99
Stock: In stock
BOLT4L$29.99In stock


Overview
 
These Premium Shimano 110/4 bcd compatible oval chainrings are designed for Shimano cranks like Dura-Ace 9000, Ultegra 6800, 105- 5800 and others. These are finest oval chainrings on the market in terms of shifting, smoothness of pedaling and manufacturing quality. Not compatible with FSA cranks.
*Cranks visible on the photos are not included to the purchased chainrings.
 
Advantages of Absolute Black Road Oval chainrings:
  • One of a kind special oval shape that helps you climb easier and faster (Patent Pending)
  • Over 15% stiffer than Rotor Qrings due to thicker, 5mm construction 
  • Bespoke Absolute Black 6 point ramp and recess shifting design shifts better than any other brand and model of oval chainring
  • Finest design that provides excellent strength to weight ratio 
  • You will not "feel" the oval shape while pedaling 
  • Your pedaling action will feel smoother 
  • Helps reduce stress on knees and helping your legs remain fresher for longer
  • You will be able to maintain better cadence while climbing
  • Reduces possibility of leg cramps
  • You will reduce chainring/cog shifts by at least 15%
The most advanced, Patent Pending narrow/wide tooth profile currently produced, guarantee minimum 12 months of excellent chain retention capabilities! We mean it. Always use a new chain with a new chainring.
Specs
 
  • Size (Mass +/-1g): 34T (31g), 36T (37g), 38T (41g), 50T (120g), 52T (137g), (53T - go to 9100 model)
  • Color Black, Racing Red, Grey (inner ring in black only)
  • Compatibility Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, Ultegra 6800, Shimano 105 5800, Tiagra 4700. Compatible with Di2 & Pioneer, SRM and other power meters
  • BOLTS For Outer chainring please order Long bolts OR Bolt Covers
  • Changing Inner chainring to oval only? use original bolts
  • Material & Finish cnc machined 7075 Txxx Aluminum. Long-lasting construction. Type II anodizing
  • Ovality Optimized to each size separately. 34T- 6.5% ; 36T- 11.4%, 38T- 11.4%, 50/52 - 10.3% ; Timing of 108 -109.5° after TDC (top dead center) - Ideal for road climbing. Patent Pending​
Designed in United Kingdom, manufactured in Poland using German materials. Truly European products.
 
Why Oval

Why our oval chainrings work
Our traction Oval chainrings work because a rider does not produce power evenly through a pedal stroke; they maximize the part of the stroke where power is produced and minimize resistance where it isn't. Oval rings make the spin cycle a lot smoother and are easier on legs while climbing. Believe it (or not), but a round chainring doesn't transfer torque to your rear wheel as smoothly as an Oval one. You will actually feel your stroke to be more "round" with an Oval shape than with a round chainring.

Why it matters
Traction, Traction and Traction. With oval rings rear tire traction improves greatly on loose and slippery terrain. Smoother power delivery to your rear wheel means that you will be able to maintain better, constant cadence; get less stress on the joints (knees) and therefore be able to keep certain level of effort for longer. This results in higher average speed. Moreover, 11 studies made by various Universities in the World show that using oval chainrings human legs utilize more muscle groups (compared to round one), but each of them to lesser degree. Load from pedaling an oval chainring is spread over greater muscle mass which in effect gives you the feeling of fresher and more relaxed legs. It is world's finest oval chainring backed by tens of thousands of customers.
 
Technology
 
Word on BIOPACE
Please understand that this is not Biopace technology. Shimano created Biopace with the completely wrong orientation of the biggest radius of the oval. Instead of positioning it in power zone which is slightly below the level of the crank, they clocked it to the dead zone where human generates least power. The result was that in power zone pedaling was too easy and in dead zone very difficult. Exactly opposite to how it should be.

Round rings do not optimize the way humans produce power

Other elliptical chainrings
Clocking (timing) and shape of the oval are the most crucial parts of the design. Ride quality of Absoluteblack Oval ring will be different to ovals from brand X or Y. 2 years of development of our ovals resulted in commercially most successful product of its kind. AbsoluteBlack is the First company who managed to successfully popularize ovals in mountainbike sport. Please note: Other manufacturers offer one timing and ovality setting for all chainring sizes, but pedaling behavior changes with each size considerably. To optimize for this, every chainring size needs to be a bit different. For example the smaller the chainring size the bigger the ovality has to be to help climb steeper hills more effectively. This is where we specialize in and optimize every size to particular pedaling style. This is also why we do not provide information about timing and exact ovality of the chainring as each one is different.

 

The importance of timing and shape with oval chainrings
The oval chainring movement across all cycling disciplines is growing rapidly, led by absoluteBLACK, the world leaders in this important product category.

However, not all oval chainrings share the same performance characteristics as absoluteBLACK. The 'clocking' (timing) and shape of the oval are the most crucial parts of any oval chainring design, absoluteBLACK spent three years in design development and have perfected both timing and shape design elements - ensuring the ride quality of absoluteBLACK oval ring will be different and superior to ovals from other brands (as many abosluteBLACK customers already realised).

Where most other brands retain the same timing (position of the crank arm relative to the oval) and shape of the oval across all their sizes - because it's cheaper and less time consuming. absoluteBLACK believe that each different size ring requires a bespoke, optimised, perfect pedalling solution. So that is what we do - for every chainring absoluteBLACK make. For example, the smaller the chainring size, the bigger the ovality has to be to help climb steeper hills more effectively. We keep our exact Patent Pending data a secret, to ensure we get the best possible absoluteBLACK advantage over other brands, and you get the best possible ride experience.
 
Shifting quality and technology
Both, inner and outer oval chainrings are optimized with smooth shifting in mind. This is why the back of the Absolute Black Oval road chainring does not feature cutouts, like other oval products on the market. Instead, we design smooth angled surfaces, to help chain to slide quickly and precisely between chainrings. Absolute Black outer oval chainrings have 6 up-shifting ramps, for easy and quick gear change, even under load. Each outer chainring also features 12 down-shifting points. Instead of steel shifting pins we use a CNC machined "ramp and recess" solution. Special raised ramps work in conjunction with the tooth recesses to stabilize the chain when shifting. Our oval chainrings DO NOT require any modification to the front dérailleur in order to work properly (apart from small standard adjustment)
 
Installation
 
How to mount 110/4 Oval chainring:
First, you need to remove your crank from your bike. Once removed, unscrew the 4 bolts that hold two chainrings together with a T-30 torx key. Remove both original rings. Locate the new oval inner chainring with the triangular timing indicator positioned behind crank arm. The bolt holes on the small chainring are recessed – so the nut heads will sit flush with the surface of the chainring - these recesses should face you when mounting the bolts. Absolute Black outer chainrings have a specific recess to accommodate the rear edge of the crank arm - position the outer ring to line up that recess with the crank arm. If you are only switching the inner chainring to oval - use the original bolts that came with your crank. If you are switching to a pair of oval rings, you will need a set of regular ‘double' chainring bolts. Tighten all four bolts with force of about 5-7Nm. Mount your crank back to the bike. You may also need to adjust the front derailleur upwards by 2-3mm.
FAQ
 
​What size should I choose?
* 34T inner chainring should be used with 50T outer ring. It has 6.5% ovality. Use a 34T to help with spinning higher cadence and hilly terrain.
* 36T inner chainring can be used with 50 or 52T outer ring. It has 11.4% ovality. Use a 36T if you're a strong rider or for rolling terrain.
* 50T outer chainring – Choose this size if you ride for pleasure or sportive events. This is the most versatile and comfortable size.
* 52T outer chainring - if you race and feel strong, it's the classic outer chainring size and a great option for experienced riders.

Remember when selecting your chainring sizes - it's not about what others use, but about ensuring YOUR ability to maintain a comfortable and effective cadence across the terrain you ride most often. If you ride chainrings that are too large (round or oval), your cadence will be lower. This can affect your performance by prematurely tiring your legs and possibly lead to stress injury in your knee joints.
 
Can I use only small oval chainring and keep big one round? (and vice versa) Or should I use both oval rings?
There is no problem using two different shaped chainrings mounted to one crank from mechanical and biomechanical point of view. However, please remember that oval chainrings are most effective in two situations; when you pedal uphill and if you don't have perfect pedalling action. We recommend using small oval ring as a starting point. Many professional riders switch to using an oval inner chainring for races with hard climbing – even when their equipment sponsors do not make an oval ring – knowing that it cannot be seen tucked behind their sponsors outer round chainring. When it comes to the style of outer chainring you need to answer two questions:
 
* Do I have a perfect pedal spin?
This is an important one. Professionals and semi pro cyclists spin perfect "circles". The rest of us often struggle with our pedalling action, simply because we don't spend every day of every week on the bike, to master this skill. Switching to oval rings effectively correct an imperfect pedalling action – delivering the smooth power delivery the pros developed through thousands of hours of training. One of the key reasons the benefits of oval chainrings have historically proven hard to prove in lab tests, is because they were nearly always done using Professional riders – as a user group they are the least likely to gain a performance increase from a switch to oval, as their pedalling is already close to perfection. Where ovals shine however is with rest of us, who ride for pleasure and not for a job. Simply 99% of road cyclists will benefit from having oval chainrings on their bikes.
 
*How often do I keep riding on big ring over smaller, less demanding climbs? 
If the answer is "often" then fitting an Absolute Black outer chainring is advised to gain the maximum benefit. However, if the answer is "very rarely" then keeping your existing round outer ring is a way to save some money.
 
Why our Oval chainrings do not have adjustable timing
At Absolute Black we have extensively studied the relevant performance data regarding the optimum percentage of ovality, shape and, critically, the timing of the oval – the positioning of the high and low points of the oval, in relation to the position of the crank arm and focus this into one single mounting position – this is the really important part of what makes Absolute Black Oval chainrings so effective. By simplifying our oval chainring design, to reflect a single high performance ‘sweet-spot', we are able to make the process of fitting Absolute Black oval chainrings faster and easier, as well as making our rings even lighter.
 
 
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