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Middleburn Components Mono TT thick/thin chainring - just in

Here's a name you probably haven't heard for a while – Middleburn Components. Yes, the British manufacturer, best known for its RS series of cranks, got in touch with BikeRadar last week. 

Just like a call from a long-lost friend, hearing the Middleburn name brought back all sorts of memories, but at the same time we realised how the brand has slipped out of view for today's mountain bikers. Luckily the Hampshire-based firm have been grafting away on a host of new projects to push the Middleburn name back out there.

Mono TT thick/thin chainring

The mono tt is the middleburn take on a thick/thin chainring: the mono tt is the middleburn take on a thick/thin chainring

Narrow-wide, thick-thin, whatever you want to call them, this latest generation of chainrings have taken transmissions another leap forward since their introduction. Now Middleburn have joined the chain retention game with the Mono TT.

Machined from 7075 T6 alloy, the rings are available in a four-arm 104BCD format in 32t, 34t and 36t sizes. There's also the choice of two finishes – a regular anodised black or a hardcoat finish that Middleburn claims is up to four times more resistant to wear than a regular anodised ring. The hardcoat rings are also said to provide better lubrication due to their super slick surface.

Pricing sits at £45 for a black ring or £47.50 for a hardcoat version, that's directly in line with Hope's £45 Retainer Narrow/Wide Chainring, which is also UK-made. Our 32t hardcoat sample tipped the BikeRadar scales at 55g – not the lightest but it feels reassuringly substantial.

Thru-axle bottom bracket

The middleburn thru-axle bottom bracket retails for £80: the middleburn thru-axle bottom bracket retails for £80

Middleburn also produce an outboard bottom bracket, once again it's 100 percent British made. As well as being compatible with Middleburn's own X-TYPE cranks, it also works as an upgrade for Shimano Hollowtech II chainsets or any other cranks that use a 24mm axle. The machined alloy cups are fitted with pre-greased sealed bearings that are shielded for longevity.

These are also fully serviceable, meaning they could save you dosh in the long run. Our sample bottom bracket matched the claimed weight of 90g .

In the pipeline…

We've been told to expect new cranks, hubs and even wheels from Middleburn in the not-too-distant future. We'll bring you more info as soon as we get it, as well as reviews of the products above.








8/19/2014 7:00:00 PM
BikeRadar
SRAM X01 crankset review

SRAM’s carbon crankset has the best single ring around, but it can’t match the best alloy cranks for stiffness and toughness.

The broad carbon arms have alloy inserts for the pedals and SRAM-specific BB axle connections. SRAM’s X-Sync design has revolutionised single-ring chain security and runs more smoothly than the competition. The rings are expensive though, and XX1 arms are slightly pricier yet 70g lighter.

The X01 arms are compatible with X0 spiders if a single ring up front turns out not to be your thing, and some (cheaper) aftermarket rings will fit too. There’s more flex underfoot than with similar weight alloy cranks though, and the hybrid carbon construction isn’t as impact-tough.

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








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MBA
New Red Bull Rampage Course Unveiled
Since 2008, Red Bull Rampage: The Evolution has taken place on a series of cliffs outside of Virgin, Utah whose big obstacles have catapulted athletes into the record books. In the spirit of progression and always moving forward, the event is going in a new direction – literally – off the back cliffs of the previous course. Often the fodder for speculation on what mysterious ridges lay in the shadows, now the whole world will find out what happens when the best 42 mountain bikers in the world traverse this never-before-used course.
8/18/2014 9:21:16 PM
MBA
“Rubber Side Down” – Talking Tires At Mont Sainte Anne and Windham
In this episode of Rubber Side Down, we catch up with the Santa Cruz Syndicate, where Ratboy (Josh Bryceland) has been on a tear after his first World Cup win in Leogang. We also spend some time with Matt Walker of the Banshee Bikes Factory Team and Geoff Kabush of Scott-3Rox Racing.
8/18/2014 9:18:46 PM
MBA
Video: Inside Specialized Racing – EP 8 Windham
-courtesy of Specialized Bikes With only a few races left in the 2014 World Cup season, the team reflects on the hard work it took to get them to the top of the elite field. Aaron Gwin and Troy Brosnan sit atop the World Cup standings entering the Windham, New York, race with fellow competitors poised to take advantage of the slightest error and capture theleader’s jersey.Featuring:Aaron GwinTroy BrosnanEric CarterSpecialized Racing2015 Specialized S-Works Demo
8/18/2014 4:23:52 PM
PinkBike
Fest Series At Retallack This Weekend
Fest Series At Retallack This Weekend

Retallack to host Fest series freeride mountain biking event.
( Photos: 4, Comments: 18 )
8/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
PinkBike
4X ProTour Round 7 – Pamporovo, Bulgaria - Preview
4X ProTour Round 7 – Pamporovo, Bulgaria - Preview

On Saturday 23rd August, the final round of the 2014 4X ProTour will take place in the stunning resort of Pamporovo in Bulgaria.
( Photos: 3, Comments: 4 )
8/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

  

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