Product Review - WickWerks 2 x 10 Conversion Chainrings
Written by: Jen Hanks
Have you been considering upgrading your triple ring crank to
a double but donít want to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new crankset? The folks at WickWerks just may have an
affordable and high quality solution for you.
WickWerks is a Utah based company that specializes in
making chainrings for mountain, road, and cyclocross bikes. Wickwerks chainrings are not just any old
chainring. They are high tech rings that
use a novel approach resulting in fast precise shifting no matter where you are
in your pedal stroke. BRIDGE shift technology produces faster and more reliable
shifting using CNCíd ramps every 3 to 5 teeth that literally lift the chain
from the lower ring (see photo above). In addition, every fourth tooth on the
chainring is cut to roughly half the height of the uncut teeth allowing the
chain to smoothly move onto the ring and engage.
What also makes WickWerks chainrings unique and highly
appealing is that you can easily convert a triple ring crank to a double by
purchasing new rings and WickWerks conversion adapter tabs to fill in the space
vacated by the old big ring.
The rings are constructed with 7075-T6 aluminum and available in 104/64 and 120/80 BCD options making them compatible with most mountain cranksets on the market.
But does it work well? In short, yes. Very well. We had the opportunity to test out some
WickWerks rings for the past six months. We converted an XTR triple to a 38/24 double. The conversion rings are compatible with 9, 10, or 11-speed cassettes. We chose a 2x10 arrangement with a Shimano chain, XTR 11-34 rear cassette, and XTR
front derailleur. If the 38/24 ratio
isnít your thing, rings are also available in 40/26, 42/28, and for those mountain
Set up is as easy as changing out your chainrings. Once the
crank is removed, take off the old triple rings and replace the granny and
middle ring with 24 and 38-tooth ring respectively. Place the conversion
adapter tabs on the outside of each arm on the spider and tighten bolts accordingly.
Done. Your front derailleur shifter will need to be turned to double from
Once installed, performance was exceptional. Over six months of intense, high-alpine riding and racing the chainrings worked
perfectly, 100% of the time. No babying of the shift was necessary as these
chainrings excel at fast, deliberate shifting even under load. The gear ratios were excellent. I never felt
like I needed a bigger top end gear and never wished to have my granny back
even when climbing mountains around Utah and Colorado.
Cost for the chainrings ranges from $99.50-139.50 which is
significantly less than the cost of buying a 2 x 10 specific crank. Check out WickWerks website for more