Superstar Components UK made narrow-wide style chainring – first look

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Superstar Components have just launched a UK made narrow-wide style chainring that undercuts all competition

Direct-sale firm Superstar Components is best known for offering what other manufacturers are selling, but at a fraction of the price. And the company has done it again, this time offering UK-made narrow/wide style chainrings for just £25.99.

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The new rings, officially badged the I/O Chainrings, are produced from 7075 T6 aluminium in the common four-bolt/104BCD standard and, for now at least, are offered in 32, 34 and 36 tooth sizes. There’s a whole array of anodised colours, each with distinctive but not garish laser-etched graphics.

These rings sit alongside Superstar’s new £22.99 Trident alloy bashguard, as part of the company’s long-awaited first generation of UK-made components. BikeRadar first heard details of this range last year after Superstar discovered that a sharp rise in costs associated with Taiwanese manufacturing made the UK a viable manufacturing location. Since then the firm has invested heavily in new machinery with the goal of expanding its British component line to eventually include pedals, headsets and bottom brackets.

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At this price Superstar is undercutting the competition by a big chunk. In fact the Superstar narrow/wide rings’ closest competition comes in the form of the £34.99 thick/thin ring from Works Components and Hope’s £45 Retainer ring. Should these prove as durable and effective as the competition then these will undoubtedly be one of the best value drivetrain upgrades out there.