WickWërks chainrings have multiple ramps spread out every three, four or five teeth, providing a fast positive engagement of the chain no matter where in the crankset revolution you’re shifting.
WickWërks chainrings have low profile teeth off of each ramp and an angled area above the top portion of each ramp that allow the chain to lean in and mesh smoothly into the next ring during an upshift.
The low profile teeth around the WickWërks chainrings allow the front derailleur cage to physically move the chain past a cut tooth allowing for faster downshifts, especially under load
Strengths: These do just as they say. Shift every time and fast. They love to be shifted fast and agressively. No need to 'baby the shifter'. I bought their 2X conversion and mated them to SRAM X7 cranks. Flawless install and function.
Weaknesses: None that I have found.
My first time posting a review, so I hope this meets the criteria. For the 2x conversion, don't let anyone tell you that your existing 3x front shifter and derailure will work. Just do it right the first time and get the correct shifter and derailure and you will love the WickWerks chain rings. As noted previously, they do as advertised and shift when you want and expect them to.
Bike Setup: Yeti ASR-7, XT- Shifters, XT-Shadow RD, Command Dropper Post.
a Cross Country Rider
from Sisters OR
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2010
Strengths: shifts beautifully, lightweight, lighter and less $$$ than XTR
Weaknesses: none that I am aware of
Several months of flawless use, then I bent the middle ring (lost the chain, went off the bike, etc.) Got home to find that the spider bolts had come loose, ring wandered off line, then bent under heavy load on a standing climb.
I e-mailed Chris for advice, can I straighten, can I get another, what to do? I made it clear it was about loose bolts, and no fault of his product and still today two new rings appeared in the mail, gratis.
Great product, and customer service to match. WOW
Bike Setup: ti titus rx 29er, reba team, full xtr except for rings and brakes (much less trouble with bb7)
a Cross Country Rider
from Orem, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2010
Strengths: Front shifts happen as fast as rear shifts now. Just push it and go, no babying the chain while you wait for it to catch so you can pedal hard again. Hard anodized coating keeps these looking new even after 6 months of hard riding. I have both the MTB triple and the Cyclcross double and they both work great.
Fantastic products, fantastic company. Chris Wicks owns it and runs the show. He takes care of his customers. If you're tired of poor shifting through your front chain rings then this will fix it.
Similar Products Used: FSA chain rings, they're both chain rings, but the WickWërks chain rings work a whole lot better
Bike Setup: K2 Lithium, Stevens Carbon Cross.
a Cross Country Rider
from Boston area, MA
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2010
Strengths: Fast, clean shifting. Shifting under load. No more waiting.
Weaknesses: None yet.
I haven't ridden these chainrings for very long, but I wanted to write a review while the memory of my old rings is still somewhat fresh.
These chainrings are absolutely brilliant! (no, I'm not British, just hear me out...).
You know how a good, well-tuned rear derailer just works on the rear cassette? You shift, it changes gears, and it does it quickly and cleanly, with no fuss. Now imagine having that up front. THAT is the WickWerks chainrings. These chainrings dramatically reduce the time you have to wait for a shift. It almost always feels instant, clean, and quiet. All in all, these are FAR better than any other chainrings I have ridden.
I'd also like to say that this company deserves your business. I ordered a set directly from their site, and it promptly arrived in the mail. About a month later, I received another set in the mail. To my complete surprise, Chris (from WickWerks) tells me that he just finished production on his next refinement, and he wanted me to have the latest version! Where have you ever heard of service like that before?!?!
I will be spreading the word about these WickWerks chainrings to all of my riding friends...
When I first used these rings I thought they were just as good as Shimano (my highest praise for chainrings) but I am beginning to think that perhaps they are even better. There is never any complaint from the front derailleur during a shift - it just happens.
I can't remember a single missed shift nor a single overshift incident (which does happen with Shimano rings on occasion).
Bike Setup: 08 Zaskar carbon, x.9, Juicy Ultimates, Sid Team, FSA Carbon Team cranks
a Weekend Warrior
from Salt Lake City, UT
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2009
Strengths: Look well engineered, w/ 7075-T6 & Mil Hard Coat anodizing should make for good wear life. Mounted on crank fine, though derailleur setup forced the issue of worn out stock deore cage so I upgraded to XT at same time. Chain is new PC991 at time of install. Shifts are quick and solid. No need to baby/sneak up on your up shifts. So far 27 mi RT each day to work for last month, plus the "Death Ride" (129 mi/5 mtn passes & 15K climbing), 5 or 6 trail rides- Looking good so far.
Weaknesses: Sometimes shift ups are noisy, dropping to smallest ring sometimes falls off (never had a bike that didn't do that sometimes). Mil. Hard Coat Anodizing is "natural" color, not the black seen on the lovely web site pictures- they would look better in black on my bike. One time, chain jammed and twisted cage on mounting tube (no apparent damage). I've now tightened derailleur clamp beyond normal spec'ed torque, and have not experienced any further problems. Not sure why chain jammed in the first place.
I'm a 135 lb light-weight hill climber- and I use my gears a lot, shift constantly as load/conditions change- So I expect a lot of my drive train. So far, they do what they advertise- Fast, reliable shifts. Note: these rings want you to "Jam and Go"- don't baby the up-shifts. Hit the shifter and keep on pedaling. I paid maybe $10-15 more than a set of Race Face rings (online price), which didn't have as much life as I would have hoped (5-7Kish street miles, though I did let a chain stretch too much, which forced the issue sooner). But with the high grade materials, I expect these to last longer. -1 chili for the anomalous jam, otherwise it would be 5.
Strengths: The Rings shift incredibly fast. Low profile teeth make the rolling resistance really low. They also feel a lot stiffer than my previous rings which is also a huge plus. The ring set is lighter than xtr.
These rings are easily the best rings on the market without a doubt. lighter faster and stiffer than anything else out there. definately the ringset for those who are looking for the maximum competetive edge and even for those that seek maximum performance out of their machine
from Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2008
Strengths: Shifts quickly, shifts well under load, strong, and light.
Weaknesses: No weaknesses, just wish I found these rings earlier.
I would recommend these rings to the most dedicated riders. These chainrings hold up in the the worst of conditions. This product has given me the ability to predict when and how my bike will shift no matter what the trail condition.
Wick Werks Radically Ramped Chainrings: Strong, light, reliable, and effective.
Similar Products Used: Specialized OEM crank/rings, Shimano XT, and XTR crankset and rings (the Wickwerks are the best). New chain with each set-up.
Bike Setup: Started with '97 Stumpjumper (broke that) now Specialized RockHopper Pro with Marathon SL shock and Full XTR 965 componet set. Oh, changed out to XT Rear D after tangle with rocks and spokes. XTR dual control shifters Rapid Rise.