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Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback 39

Chainless suspension performance with your chain installed?! Vital MTB is super intrigued by this clever Italian spider concept and will be testing the Ochain soon. Full details on how it deals with chain growth in the press release, below.

Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback

Ochain is a new brand born to let you experience new riding possibilities. We want you to have a chainless feeling while descending but with your chain on.

Ochain with e*thirteen direct-mount setup

"It was September 2014 when everything started. I was staring at the monitor watching the UCI World Championship in Hafjell, just like a typical downhill rider and fan. When Neko Mulally had his incredible chainless ride, my inner nerd and engineer started to ruminate: 'What sort of advantage could come from this situation for the rider or for his bike?' One year later, nearly the same thing happened again with Aaron Gwin winning in Leogang, chainless." - Fabrizio Dragoni, Ochain CEO and Engineer

 

Ochain is an active spider, fully mechanical, and fits most cranksets on the market thanks to the use of the most commonly used direct-mount chain ring standards.

Ochain automatically isolates your transmission from your suspension when needed, resulting in the absence of pedal kickback. This allows smoother and more comfortable riding, great braking performance, tire and rim preservation, and much more. Our device engages the chainring steadily while pedaling, thus making transmission exactly like you're used to.

"Compromise must be expected as contemporary mountain bikes are inevitably a byproduct: pedal kickback is one of the consequences, affecting rear suspension performance, despite the best engineering efforts. Considering the setup possibilities, there is no 'right' or 'wrong,' but the need for a real understanding of what makes things flow at their best." 

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Ochain has been developed with the help of UCI World Cup downhill riders like Loris Revelli (@lorikid27) and Simone Medici and is currently being tested by some other big names in MTB, although we can't reveal who they are... 

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Finally free from chain limitations, your bike can now seamlessly transfer bumps and shocks from your pedals to your suspension.

Use & Performance

Just throw your fancy hub with 120-points of engagement out the window? Absolutely not, on the contrary. All the degrees from the freewheel are available and engagement results in a hard steel-on-steel feel.

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With Ochain you can decide between 6, 9, or 12-degrees of movement to combat kickback by replacing the internal elastomers while always maintaining smooth and silent pedal engagement. 

Ochain is a new component in mountain bike setup. One can decide whether to use it in its different configurations or not; we are eager to see how the MTB world will receive it.

Ochain can be used from your downhill machine to your short-travel trail bike, or your enduro race bike to XC race rig:

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Compatibility

Ochain is located in a formerly unoccupied area of the bike where there isn't tons of space available. We strived to reduce the component size to fit most standard frames, including the biggest carbon frames with a BB30 press-fit standard.

As for downhill chain guides, there are some products which have to be adjusted to be used with Ochain.

Our device has a 52mm chain line for bikes with Boost rear axles (we are working on a Superboost version) and requires a 104 BCD chainring. It fits from 30 to 36-tooth chainrings. 

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SRAM, Race Face, e*thirteen, and Ingrid direct-mount versions are available for both models. We are working to add other standards that will be available soon on our web store.

Pricing & Availability

Ochain Nero is offered at 298€ (including Titanium Nuts +VAT). We are offering our customers the opportunity to purchase Ochain as well as Ochain Titanium Nut and Carbon-Ti chainrings as a ready-to-ride kit. 

Ochain should have been available on our website in Europe starting March 2020, but, unfortunately, the coronavirus has forced us to temporarily stop production. We plan to reopen the store in June 2020. Pre-orders are available on our web store.

For more info, visit:

Ochain kit with Titanium nuts and Carbon-Ti chainring

Doubtful? We suggest you do a quick test and remove your chain! 

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