Absolute Black’s narrow/wide singlespeed Cog

by Marc Basiliere 6

Brit/Pole CNC wizards at it again…

Bright and early this morning, the British-based Marcin, of Absolute Black, was in touch with news of the company’s latest creation:  a narrow/wide singlespeed cog.  Why the alternating tooth profile?  Much as on the agricultural equipment for which the concept was initially patented, singlespeed drivetrains have a fixed length.  The arrangement is great when things are properly adjusted and there is no flex in the system- but as the chain stretches and angry legs do their worst, the consequences of derailment can be unpleasant.

mala zebatka_1_3000Using the tooth profile developed for their own Spiderless Chainrings, Absolute Black claim that their Cogs help to keep a stretched chain in place on rough terrain- probably not a bad idea for the sort of maintenance-averse riders singlespeeds tend to attract.  The company also notes that the narrow/wide profile makes for a cog sprocket that “should outlast any other one made from aluminum.”   Faint praise, perhaps, but a steel version is on its way.  To take full advantage of those fancy teeth, a 9/10/11s chain is recommended- though anything designed for 1s-8s will work as well.  Half-links will make for a very sad drivetrain- so don’t use ’em.

mala zebatka_1_3000 featuredOf course, the Cogs also make for a great an excuse to show off Absolute Black’s mastery of both CNC and camera.  Being alloy, weights are impressive: 23g, 24g, and 29g for 16t, 18t, and 20t variants.  Perhaps the best part is the pricing: £29/$40 seems quite reasonable for such a unique, lightweight, and attractive piece of kit- especially one made in the EU (Poland, to be exact).  18t cogs are shipping today, the other two can be ordered now for shipment in three weeks’ time.

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Comments (6)

  1. Nice, run a thick thin chainring on the single speed already think this could replace the bmx sprocket when i have the need for some new shiny…. or matt blacky

  2. *Insert ‘it’s a sprocket, not a cog’ rant here*

  3. That looks fabulous and given the work involved is a bargain at that price.

  4. Kinda pointless? 2x as expensive for something that’ll last a fraction of the time. And an expensive mechanical solution for a niche of singlespeeders who are adverse to spending money maintaining the only maintenance task on their bike?

    The only niche it’d work on is non SS frames and not using a tensioner and only then in the minority where the ‘magic ratio’ falls on an even number and didnt need a half link!

  5. TINAS – You’re forgetting those with a chain tug, this will save those people seconds of turning an allen bolt, or wingnut a couple of degrees clockwise.

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