AbsoluteBlack brings its rainbow-coated oval chainrings to the road

AbsoluteBlack PVD Rainbow oval chainrings
(Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

We loved AbsoluteBlack's oil-slick-look MTB chainrings. Aaron Borrill, our tech ed, waxed lyrical about their aesthetics in his 2020 Gear of the Year round-up and now the British-based company has brought the PDV rainbow look to its range of road-specific oval rings.

The physical vapour deposition (PVD) process deposits an incredibly thin material layer, atom by atom. This enables the material reaction that gives these AbsoluteBlack chainrings their colour signature without adding a notable mass burden.

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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.