Absolute Black/PowerMatch


#1

I switched to absolute black oval rings this year to try and take some stress off knees. Will they and power match work well or just use H2 power source numbers?


#2

Oval rings should not have any major effect on your ability to use power match :slight_smile: . In fact, if they smooth your pedal stroke out, PowerMatch may work even better with the oval rings :+1:


#3

Ok thanks. I remembered a podcast where the ovals read higher then round rings didnt know if that would mess things up.


#4

I think it was in relation to Chris Froome


#5

Wasn’t it coach @chad having inflated readings ?


#6

Slightly off topic but I just bought my first absolute black rings … and they are ROUND !!

They look so nice on quarq dfour91 crank.

Going to get some sub compact ovals when I go climbing.


#7

Same here, going to get some for the gravel bike 46/30 ovals on a 110 BCD crank, awesome!


#8

#9

That’s my recollection. I am tempted to try Absolute Black Oval rings but I am worried it will bump up my power artificially and then if I move back to round, my FTP will drop, effecting history etc. Am I over thinking it? :smile:


#10

My new absolute black sub compact rings arrived today 46/30 on a 110 BCD crank!

Will be perfect for gravel and CX stuff that I do, and I can swap back to normal rings quick enough.

The front mech needs a bit of fettling when you fit them, mainly due to the rings sitting slightly onboard of their ‘usual’ position.

Did a workout with them tonight, the major thing was that peddling did not feel different at all. I could not notice ‘any’ difference when using them on a turbo.

The next big thing was that whilst RPE was the same on a tough workout I could sustain a much higher cadence than usual, a good 7-10 rpm higher which is great news for longer rides.

I like the industrial look as well