Victories help quell doubts about elliptical chainrings

Rotor's winning streak continues

Any doubts in the professional ranks about Rotor’s elliptical Q-Rings seem to be quickly fading thanks to a string of top-level victories.

Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank) used a pair to capture his first Tour de France in July, Marianne Vos was Q-equipped when she won the 2006 UCI cyclo-cross World Championship and now Daphny van den Brand has captured this year’s cyclo-cross World Cup opener in Kalmthout, Belgium.

Rotor claims its Q-Rings deliver a 4.1 percent power increase at a similar level of effort when compared with round rings, as well as a 9.1 percent decrease in lactic acid production and a two percent reduction in heart rate.  

Whether or not these numbers pass muster in the real world is still debatable but the proliferation of non-round rings in the professional ranks is certainly one that we will continue to watch closely. 

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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