Spy shots are coming in from Jack Cannan’s Trek Remedy 29 of what could only be described as a new Prototype Enduro Specific chainring setup. It looks like it combines both a 32 tooth Wide/Narrow Chain ring and a new 24 tooth Enduro ring. Jack has to manually shift the chain from one chainring to the other, but has the benefits of making the bike lighter and getting rid of the front derailleur which clutters things up.
In the Enduro format where your uphill leg isn't timed, it would give riders an option to have a granny gear and save valuable energy between stages. It would also give the riders an option of having more gears and easier ratios. I’m excited about an innovation like this because it would have some real world applications. When riding with your buddies (where it’s not timed and it’s about fun) you could put the chain on that Enduro gear and cruise up the hill. Perfect for longer climbs, like on Nelsons steep forestry roads or on the ski access road in Craigieburn.
Spotted on the Kiwi amateur’s bike during the past weekend on a very wet and muddy Saturday, we can only say that the testing looked to be very successful. He was able to quickly and easily shift the chain from the big wide/narrow chainring to the smaller Enduro ring and cruise up the hill faster than his mates that were walking; since their single wide/narrow rings were too big. From our rough timing Jack looked to be about three or four minutes faster than his walking mates over an eight minute climb.
When questioned about the chainring setup Jack only had to say "Im getting pretty sick of the term "Enduro Specific", don't you websites have any other way of getting attention without using buzzwords? You'll probably be mentioning that Im riding a 29er as well… so boring."
Either way we can see the benefits of running the two chainrings. It’s definitely going to be the first wireless chainring set up, and hopefully they are working on a hands-free model.