MRP Wave ring review£70.00

Chain-retaining ring that stands out from the crowd

BikeRadar score4.5/5

MRP’s new Wave ring is the brand's answer to the chain-retaining chainring. But unlike the narrow/wide herd, it uses a distinctive design to keep the chain on.

Rather than just using teeth of an interchanging shape and width, the Wave Ring also uses a unique pattern that offsets the teeth in a similarly alternating pattern. MRP claims that as it comes into contact with the chain, the design forces the links down against the ring, with each link receiving equal force but from opposing sides.

This process not only helps shed mud – because there’s additional space between each tooth – but also delivers one of the quietest chainrings we’ve so far tried.

Another significant advantage of this direct-mount chainring is its weight, or more accurately, the lack of it. Weighing 60g (32t tested), it represents a significant weight saving of 70g over a 32t SRAM X-Sync ring and spider that it replaced. Which can only be applauded.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Olly Forster

Staff Writer, UK
Olly started riding in '94 after reading Mountain Biking UK as a teenager, and by '97 he'd done his first downhill race. Having worked in the bike industry since 2000 in a range of roles, he's still as hungry as ever to test new kit and explore fresh trails.
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Downhill and trail
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada IPA

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