First Look: Wolf Tooth Components DropStop Chainrings, Rotor Truing Bottle Opener

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Wolf Tooth Components may not be a household name, but they get referenced frequently in Mtbr’s forums as a go-to source of drop-resistant narrow-wide chainrings for 1x setups. They recently sent us a care package with a pair of their made-in-the-USA DropStop single chainrings–one 32-tooth 104BCD, another 32-tooth direct-mount for SRAM GXP–as well as sets of their tidy chainring bolts, and a bottle opener that doubles as a rotor truing tool. We’ll be putting it all through the paces in the next few months, but suffice it to say our initial impressions are quite good–the CNC machining and anodizing looks top notch.

Wolf Tooth’s direct mount chainrings work on removable-spider cranks and replace both the stock chainring and spider for a lighter, stronger setup. Ours is for SRAM GXP cranks, but they make specific versions for SRAM BB30 cranks, as well as a Specialized S-works and Lightning crankset version.

Wolf Tooth’s 7076-T5 aluminum chainring fasteners eschew the less-than-ideal slotted nut for a system that combines a 5mm front-side allen bolt with a 6mm back-side allen nut. This system ensures tight installation and helps prevent shredded knuckles.

We rarely meet a bottle opener we don’t like, but Wolf Tooth’s is something special. In addition to liberating beverages from their vessels, the opener includes a clever slot for truing disc brake rotors. Wolf Tooth recommends using caution when using the functions in close succession, and discourages employing the opener on what they call “crap beer.”

Wolf Tooth offers their wares in anodized black, silver, red, blue and green. Chainrings are available in two-tooth increments from 30-38 teeth in a number of bolt patterns for mountain bike and cyclocross use.

Not to be outdone for mega-low gearing, Woolf Tooth will be offering a 42-tooth rear cog retrofit in February.

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About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • rynoman03 says:

    The rotor truing bottle opener is a great idea! Their products look really well made too!

  • Jay says:

    Hrm… their direct-mount GXP rings are $78, the North Shore Billet direct-mount only costs $65… I wonder if their 42t rear cog will cost more than the recently announced OneUp 42T for $100? Don’t get me wrong – the Wolftooth stuff looks pretty and should be high quality, but I wonder what these offer over the other two companies to warrant the higher pricing?

  • Motivated says:

    North Shore Billet rings are not narrow/wide and shipping is a few bucks extra. WTC pricing includes shipping – even international. The price for these 1x rings is high due to a cult-level popularity, not yet mainstream mass-production popularity (except for RaceFace – which has the lowest price for what they offer).

  • Dave $auvageau says:

    Can’t explain the price difference for North Shore Billet but OneUp cogs are made in Taiwan, Wolf Tooth is made in USA. I would guess the Wolf Tooth cog will be more expensive. I would be willing to pay the difference but I can see how a lot of riders would opt for the cheaper option.

  • Andrej says:

    The WT 42 is going to be less than $100.00, based on what WT said somewhere here on the forums…

  • MP says:

    This could be a good alternative to OneUp’s lack of other color offerings. I’m not a fan of their green and would love to have this red one from WT.

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