Deckas Narrow-Wide Chainring — Review
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Narrow-Wide chainrings are the hot stuff right now, and everyone seems to be moving onto 1 by setups. With the arrival of 11-speed and 12-speed wide range cassettes, a single narrow-wide chainring setup makes sense. Nowadays you can even get wide range 10-speed cassettes which mean you don’t necessarily need to upgrade to a newer drivetrain. Manufacturers like RaceFace offer quality Narrow-Wide chainrings for a decent price, but what if you want to go cheaper? Like a lot cheaper.
Deckas Narrow-Wide Chainring at quick glance
Deckas chainrings arrive packed in a nice cardboard sleeve, just like many other Narrow-Wide chainrings. At a quick glance, the quality seems just fine and there doesn’t seem to be anything to complain about. The paint job is decent, the decals are where they are supposed to be and the teeth profile is well machined. Keep in mind that a chainring like this costs you at best less than 15$, which is not a whole lot. The shipping takes a long while, but other than that, there’s nothing to complain about.
So far I have tested two Deckas chainrings, one is oval with 36-teeth and the other is round with 34-teeth. The oval ring has been in use for a few months now and after over 500 kilometers it doesn’t show any significant wear. The ovality causes some interesting characteristics to the feel of the bike. It’s not anything mind-blowing, but for the first few rides, you can definitely notice the pedaling getting easier or harder depending on the position of the crank arms. The more you ride with it the less you notice it, until you stop paying attention to it altogether.
There are no instructions included in the packaging, so you have to guess which way to mount the chainring. For round chainrings, it doesn’t matter but for oval chainrings, you may end up getting it all wrong. I tried it both ways and ended up running it parallel to the crank arms. So the higher tips of the ring facing towards/outwards the pedals. It felt most natural and efficient that way, and I assume it’s the right way to install it. A quick google search seems to agree with my conclusion.
The chainrings themselves are very decent quality and the nicely machined teeth profile works very well. It really grips onto the chain and keeps it in place. When paired with a clutch-equipped rear derailleur, dropping the chain requires some extremely bumpy ground. Impressive quality and functionality for less than 20€!
With over 1000 kilometers ridden on the round Deckas Narrow-Wide chainring and it still doesn’t show any significant wear, I must say I’m very impressed. I still haven’t managed to drop the chain despite riding in rooty and rocky trails. For less than 20€ these chainrings are awesome, I can totally recommend them!
For the price the Deckas Narrow-Wide chainrings are excellent. Quality is good and they don’t seem to wear any quicker than your average chainrings. The teeth profile works well and keeps the chain from falling off easily. I can highly recommend these!
- Great value for money
- Great quality for the price
- Teeth profile keeps the chain in place well
- Shipping from China takes a while.