Simple, stiff, light.

Of all the recent innovations in mountain biking, the Narrow Wide tooth profile featured on the Narrow Wide Cinch Direct Mount Chainring is arguably the most understated progression. Race Face has designed a tighter interface between the inner and outer links to prevent the chain from jumping. The Narrow Wide Cinch Direct Mount Chainring eliminates the weakness of four-bolt interfaces, and its 7075-T6, 4mm-thick, aerospace-grade aluminum transfers pedal loads without flexing, offering the lightest and stiffest interface between Race Face cranks.

  • Narrow Wide tooth profile
  • 7075-T6, 4mm-thick, aerospace-grade aluminum
  • Cinch-compatible works with 9-,10-,11-speed drivetrains
  • Cinch spline found on the Narrow Wide Cinch Direct Mount Chainring uses a standard Park BBT-22 bottom bracket tool for installation
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Price but wears faster than others

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the Race Face rings quite a bit. The Cinch system makes swapping out chain rings very quick and easy, however, I think they tend to wear a bit faster than other rings I have used in the past.

Unanswered Question

is this the 6mm offset version? I've got a spider on my x01 sram crankset.

'Bout time!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Race Face Narrow Wide Chainrings have excellent chain retention. I have been using them with eagle drivetrains, and wear has been excellent.

Lightweight, Rad Look

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been thrashing with this thing for a while and it has been super durable. The lightweight build is probably my favorite thing about it, no chain dropping whatsoever. Can't beat the price either.

What took so long

    Race Face was the first company to reveal the narrow wide concept on chain rings. It's such a simple concept it makes you wonder what took the bike industry so long to come up with this solution. It's amazingly simple, and sometimes simple designs work the best. I've had great lucking running these rings on everything from my trail bike to my downhill bike.
    If you're racing and absolutely do not want to drop a chain, a simple chain guide is still your best bet. But outside of that I've never had any trouble in my day to day riding.

    No Dropped Chain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I really like this chain ring, it keeps the chain securely on the bike, not too mention quite lightweight with the aluminum material. The cinch direct mount system also successfully eliminates the potential for creaking that comes with chainring bolts.

    Great pair with the Next SL

      Works great no chain drops, easy install with the right cinch ring tool

      Good Chain Ring

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Gives a good gear ratio for descending. Bought it for the downhill and it works really well.

      Never an issue

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've never had an issue with any of these chain rings, other than me buying too many to try and find the perfect combo. The cinch style is easy to use, and the construction is high quality. At around 1500 miles a summer I've never replaced one due to wear, but RF offers a steel ring if longevity is more your concern. I usually replace them due to changing my setup.

      Unanswered Question

      Is this chainring compatible with Race Face Aeffect crankset??

      Keep your chains tucked!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Holds the chain on tight, i will echo the wear comment below and that after one season I find I want to replace the ring. This is why a light and small chainguide like the one from MRP is an awesome accessory to prevent headache, especially if you are racing.

      Great Chainring!

        Bought this as a replacement that came on my bike after the old one it a rock quite hard and bent. It will last you at least a season and always holds the chain on. Highly recommend this!

        Better wear would be nice.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is my third RF Clinch Direct Mount Front Chain Ring. They really don't last quite as long as I thought, (photo attached of worn ring with hooked teeth) but that's kinda' okay because they work great. Go on without a hitch and I have never, ever once dropped a chain. Plus, the ease of changing sizes makes you more willing to experiment.



        I've run a 32, a 30 and now a 28. For all the climbing in Salt Lake, the 28t makes me (and my knee's) really happy. I can spin out on fast descents, but thats a freaction of the time I spend climbing puke hill or Pinecone or any number of other steep pitches we have to get up along the Wasatch Front.

        Better wear would be nice.

        Awesome rings!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These rings are great. I haven't worn one out yet, but I did downsize for early season riding from 32 to 30 tooth, and added some anodized flare to the bike while I was at it. These rings install easily with an older Shimano bb tool, I use TL-UN52. I run this chainring with a Shimano XT M8000 group, works great!

        A colorful chainring

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Need to swap to a different size front ring? Easy. These work great with any Race Face cinch crankset so I can swap my ring out as my legs get stronger with the season. Plus the color options are a great way to add some flair. They don't wear too quickly so I can run one for at least a whole season without worn down rings or dropped chains

        How do I know what the chainline will be with this? I want to change my xtr di2 from a 2x11 to a 1x11. my bike has boost spacing and my understanding is that I need a chainline that is 51-53mm. If I use this chainring, what will my chainline be?

        Hey Brad!



        Chainline on these is 51mm. They work great on most boost bikes. Feel free to get in touch directly if you have any more questions!

        Great color options and durability

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Nice hard alloy, lasts a lot longer than stock SRAM offerings. Great color options to add a bit of bling to your bike (I love that they do purple ano). No dropped chains for me so far!

        Is the chainring compatible with Shimano XT 1x11 rear mech and chain?

        Hey Tor,



        This will be compatible with a Shimano 1x11 chain/cassette/rear derailleur (compatible with Sram & Shimano 9, 10 , 11 speed drivetrains), but you will need to use the RaceFace Cranks that use the direct mount with it. Let me know if you have any other questions and i'd be happy to help, feel free to give a shout at 801.204.4547 or cojohnson@backcountry.com. Cheers, Connor

        Works great. Looks great.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        For the riding I do, this ring works great. Easy to install and the chain hasn't dropped once. And the color is perfect!

        great system

          no dropped chains, easy install and removal