Upon kitting out my long distance touring bike I knew from past experience that I tended to wear out middle chainrings faster. A worn chainring had proved to be problematic even causing the chain to slip once it had completely worn out. I considered ways I could mitigate this. I wanted something that would be light but also tough. A steel chainring would potentially add weight but be more durable whereas an aluminium chainring would perhaps be lighter but wear out more quickly. Step in the Middleburn Coated Chainring...
- Teflon impregnated ceramic coating.
- Aluminium 7075T6
- Industry standard fitments
- Coating claimed to offer 10 times less friction and 4 times the wear resistance of a standard ring.
Stainless steel pick-up pins and machined shifting aids on the middle and outer rings provide the smoothest changes possible on 8 and 9 speed systems, even under power!
The Middleburn Hardcoat chainring is light, well engineering and looks cool with the laser-etched Middleburn logo.
My thoughts / experience
The chainring offered a good compromise between weight and durability whilst long distance adventure cycle touring. Shifting performed well using the ring in combination with Shimano chainrings on an FSA X-Drive crankset.
How I used the Product
I used the ring to ride 15,000km and then continued to use it for around 50 further mountain biking rides.
The hardcoat version of this chainring is a decent investment.
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