WickWerks has more in-depth info on their website (http://wickwerks.com/technology/chainrings/) about the specifics of the BRIDGE Technology, but in a nutshell, it uses a “bridge” or “ramp” instead of pins for lifting the chain from the small ring to the big ring (as shown in the illustration above). More points of contact equate to faster and “crisper” shifting.
WickWerks shift ramps/bridges.
On Bike Performance
So how did the WickWerks chainrings perform? When shifting up (from the small ring to the big ring) we did notice a faster, more positive shift compared to the stock X7 setup. As recommended on their website, WickWerks says that the rings respond better with a “fast, deliberate shifter motion” vs. “babying” the shift and we agree that this method yields the best results. There are quite a few reviews on our site for the WickWerks chainrings and the most common words used to describe the front shifting action is “fast, crisp and smooth” and we agree.
One thing we noticed was that there was not as big a performance difference when shifting from the big ring to the small ring. Naturally, the shifting mechanism when going from big ring to small ring is a “release” and not a lifting up, so this does not come as a surprise.
For you weight weenies out there, there is also some weight to be saved by upgrading to WickWerks rings. The stock X7 Truvativ/SRAM rings came in at 122 grams and the WickWerks came in at 94 on our postal scale. Not a huge difference, but since the real upgrade here is the improvement in shifting action and speed, the weight savings is an added bonus.
Left: Stock Truvativ 2×10 rings weight (122g). Right: WickWerks rings weight (94g).
The WickWerks chainrings are a worthy upgrade that offer improved small ring to big ring shifting action and speed. Compared to the top of the line Shimano XTR or SRAM X.0 rings, WickWerks rings are also less expensive. If you have a less than top of the line drivetrain (like the SRAM X7 we upgraded from), you will definitely notice an improvement in shifting. You will also save about 30 grams and as an added bonus, you have the satisfaction of knowing that WickWerks chainrings are made in the USA.
For those cutting edge road cyclists out there wondering about 11-speed options, WickWerks has been doing testing and the unofficial word is that they have models that will work with 11-speed. Contact them for more info.
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From the manufacturer
“WickWërks chainring technology is shifting — fast, stable, precise front shifting. We accomplish this with our “Bridge Technology” (some call it “Radical Ramps”) which is integrated within all the chainrings we make. Bridge Technology makes front shifting Fast, Stable and Dependable so you can shift in conditions where the competition cannot.”
For more info: http://www.wickwerks.com/
“WickWërks is the source of the best, and fastest shifting bicycle chainrings for road, mountain and cx bikes.”
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