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More power, better traction, less shifting. Wolf Tooth oval chainrings use our proprietary PowerTrac design that has all the benefits of oval, but without the funky, uneven pedal stroke. Ride one once and you’ll wonder why you waited so long to try oval.

Think of an oval chainring as two chainrings in one. A major benefit of oval is how the shape of the chainring alters your gearing in two important phases of your pedal stroke by harnessing your body’s natural biomechanics. Here’s how it works. The area of the chainring with the larger diameter engages with the chain at the optimal point on the downstroke, which is what’s known as the Power Zone. If you were to look at a clock, the Power Zone would be between 1-5 and 7-11. Conversely, the Recovery Zone – back to the clock face, between 11-1 and 5-7 – is the weakest part of the pedal stroke, when the oval maximizes your efficiency. A 34T oval chainring behaves like a 36T chainring when you want power, while behaving like a 32T chainring when you’re climbing.

We’ve also engineered our oval chainrings to provide smoother, more efficient pedal rotation. This equates to better traction because of steadier torque on the rear wheel. With a Wolf Tooth oval chainring, you can harness more of your strength in the Power Zone, while having easier pedaling in the Recovery Zone.


These chainrings are for Shimano GRX cranks. They feature our patented Drop-Stop® design for the best wear life, chain retention, and mud clearance. Drop-Stop ST is specifically for the Shimano 12-speed Hyperglide+ chain, which is used by GRX 12-speed. Drop Stop-B works with all  other 9, 10, 11, and 12-spd chains, including SRAM Flattop.

Compatibility

  • Aero chainring available in 46T. Sizes 38T and 42T are non-aero.
  • Shimano GRX cranksets including RX600 and RX810
  • Drop-Stop ST is designed for Shimano 12-speed Hyperglide+ chains
  • Drop-Stop B tooth profile is compatible with SRAM Flattop chain 
  • Wolf Tooth’s patented Drop-Stop wide/narrow tooth profile provides the ultimate chain retention and mud-shedding ability

Recommendations

  • If you plan to ride in very muddy conditions, we recommend a chainguide or chainkeeper in addition to a clutch-type rear derailleur. Without these precautions, you may experience chaindrops and/or chainsuck.

 

Related Products

10mm Chainring Bolts

Tanpan - allows Shimano mountain bike rear derailleurs to be used with Shimano road shifters

RoadLink - allows for wide range cassettes to be used with Shimano road rear derailleurs

Tech Specs

Weight:  3 8t • 72g  |  42t • 92g  |  46t • 102g  |  46t (Aero) • 119g
Material: 7075-T6 aluminum
Chainline: 50mm (same as Shimano GRX chainrings)
Made in the USA Patent and trademark information

Wolf Tooth is committed to provide the most precision components possible and has three different tooth profiles for optimal performance based on your chain type.


Tooth Profile

Tooth Profile

Drop-Stop® B

Drop-Stop® A

Drop-Stop® ST

Chain Compatibility

Chain Compatibility

All 9s, 10s, and 11s Chains

12s Chains:

  • Connex
  • Wipperman
  • Campagnolo
  • SRAM Eagle
  • SRAM Road and Transmission (T-type) Flattop chains

Not compatible with 12s Shimano HG+, KMC, or 13s Campagnolo chains

All 9s, 10s, and 11s Chains

12s Chains:

  • SRAM® Eagle
  • Connex
  • Wippermann

You can use Drop-Stop B when Drop-Stop A is not available*

Not compatible with 12s SRAM Transmission (T-Type) and Road Flattop, 12s Shimano HG+, 12s KMC, 12s Campagnolo, or 13s Campagnolo chains

12s Chains:

  • Shimano HG+
  • 12s KMC

Not compatible with all other chains

Details

Details

Tooth shape is nearly identical to Drop-Stop A, but has narrower teeth. Valley between teeth is deeper to accommodate larger rollers on Flattop chain. Outside faces of narrow and wide teeth touch chain to guide alignment.

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The original Drop-Stop tooth profile. The wide teeth are wider than Drop-Stop B. Outside faces of narrow and wide teeth guide chain alignment.

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Narrower teeth than Drop-Stop A. Wide teeth use Symmetric Trapezoidal (ST) profile to match extended inner edge on chain to create alignment (outside faces of wide teeth do not touch). Interaction of narrow teeth and chain are similar to Drop-Stop A and B.

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*We are in the process of migrating most Drop-Stop A to Drop-Stop B to make them compatible with  SRAM Road and Transmission (T-type) Flattop chains.