Colorful bling is the only reliable way to get noticed. Shiny and polished can do it too but you have to do a whole lot more before it crosses the threshold. Go for red or purple or gold if you want compliments. Us people who think it's tacky will keep to ourselves while the image-conscious people high-five each otherand I go for some bling NINER rings front and rear 32/20. Very sweet looking setup. Do you know how many times on the trail people say " awesome chainrings, I like how they match the frame!" Zero. Zero people ever even notice. HaHAHa. I like it though. I probably have 300 hrs on these and they are about ready to flip. I CLIMB alot, so these are subjected to as much stress as any, outside of a pro rider. They have held up well for aluminum. My stamped steel $5 cog on other 29er look new after almost same # of rides. Steel is cost efficient for sure.