I’ve been running my Hope Retainer Ring for over a year now so thought it was time to give my thoughts.
What are narrow wide chain rings?
The technology was originally developed by SRAM and alternates narrow and wide teeth around the chain ring to ‘grip’ the alternate narrow and wide links in the chain. When used in conjunction with a rear mech that incorporates a clutch, it eliminates the need for a chain device in all but the gnarliest conditions.
Hope versus the rest
The chain rings come in a 30, 32, 34 & 36 (104 pcd version only – what’s pcd? <click here>) tooth versions and they’re designed to run with 9, 10 or 11 speed rear cassettes. Made from CNC machined 7075-T6 aluminium they weigh in around 41g (weight of my 32 tooth ring) making them competitive with comparable retainer rings on the market. Something they offer over other retainer rings is UK proof design with gutters to clear mud more effectively.
What the others say…..
The Hope ring has had a positive review on Pinkbike, 4.8 out of 5 on Chain Reaction over 61 reviews and 4.9 out of 5 over 36 reviews on Wiggle. Across the board everyone’s in agreement.
I’ve been running this for over a year now and, as you’d expect from Hope, performance has been faultless. Going from a double and bash to a single chain ring took a bit of getting used to but I’m a bit fitter now and a retainer ring convert.
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