Stiff 4mm plate thickness and I-beam construction transfer loads without flexing
Reversible laser etched graphics
Burly enough for DH Racers and Dirt Jumpers, yet light enough for XC/single speed. Tested in some of the most punishing riding terrain are built to last.
104mm 30T 9/10/11 Speed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really wanted to try a 1x10 drivetrain. My bike is a 2011 Trek Fuel 9.0 26'' with 3x10 11-36t cassette and Shimano XT cranks. I never liked having 3 chain rings. Very hard to clean the middle chain ring (If I got a nickel for every time I nicked my knuckles cleaning them) which I used 98% of the time. I hated having to adjust the front derailleur. And sometimes I got confused as to which gear I was in. I went to the LBS and asked them about changing to a 1x10 drivetrain. They wanted me to change cranks, get a new chain ring, chain guide, cassette, and a clutch derailleur (I must have looked really confused). Well thank goodness for Youtube and all the helpful Youtubers. I rode my bike on my favorite trails to determine which gears I could live without. I settled on the Race Face NW 30T to go with my current 11-36T cassette. I took off the front derailleur (Free at last) and removed the chain rings along with a few chain links. I installed the RF chain ring with...
Don't get put off by 4-stars. I believe that 5-stars should be for live-changing products.
That said, I like this chain ring about as much as you could like any chain ring. I am an avid mountain biker of 20 years and I do all of my own work. I recently picked up a Giant Faith 0 with a 1x9, but the 36T it had in the front wouldn't cut it for the rolling hill rides of SoCal.
The quality on this ring is nice. It fells thick an well made and I suspect it will last about as long or longer than any of the aluminum rings out there. The wide/narrow tooth pattern seems to be working as I've had it on for several weeks now and haven't dropped a chain yet (I am an aggressive rider.) I like the fact that Race Face offers several color patterns to choose from, so I was able to match my green frame with style. I don't normally worry much about that sort of thing, but it was a nice touch.
There is something that you need to be aware of if you are ordering the 30T...
My wifes new bike came with this same chain ring in a 32T as a 1x11(10-42) setup. The bike has a 27.5" wheel so the 32T was a little too tall of a gear for her since she is just starting out. Basically, with a 32T front, 42T rear and 27.5" tires, her first gear was equivalent to somewhere between 3 and 4 on her old 26" bike. I grabbed this 30T which dropped the 1st gear down to be about equivalent to 2nd gear on her old bike. The cool part is that with the 11 speed cassette and 27.5 wheels, her 11th gear is still taller than her old bike was on the middle chain ring.
The only thing to be aware of is that the 32T was able to slide off of the crank without needing to remove it however, the 30T has a smaller inner diameter and required that the crank be pulled to get it on from the back side. This meant I needed to buy the Park Tool CCP-44 since Raceface's cranks are press fit on and do not self extract like the FSA crank on my bike. Just make sure you have the...
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