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The founders of Wolf Tooth Components in Minneapolis got started with the goal of shaking up the componentry offerings on the market currently using their shared engineering and manufacturing backgrounds. Small parts like the RoadLink define that mission pretty well; the oblong aluminum and steel bit was created specifically to offset the position of a rear derailleur to make space for a wider one-by mountain bike cassette.
No, the RoadLink doesn't aim to displace all order in favor of cobbled together Franken-bikes. It only works with road derailleurs, but 9-, 10-, and 11-speed one-by or double drivetrains from the major players are all fair game in terms of compatibility. Whether you want a wider gear range on your racing bike for the upcoming 'cross season or are seeking simplicity for your gravel adventure bike with a few extra granny gears, the RoadLink brings two opposing sides together to result in a win for everyone.
- The skeleton key for huge cassette ranges on skinny tire bikes
- Offsets rear derailleur to fit mountain bike cassette
- Ideal for 'cross or gravel bikes
- Compatible with doubles and one-by setups
- Item #WFC0006
- Q & A
Works well with an 11-40
I swapped the original 11-28 with an 11-40 and have turned my Jake into a more capable hill climber. No issues even at the small end of the cluster.
No more paperboy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I run this with ultegra di2, rotor 50/34 oval chain rings, and a sram 11-36 road cassette. It works perfect in every way . But...
If you run enough chain to go big/big, it loses tension for the smallest 3 gears in the 34. Keeping tension on the b-screw helps this. The best way to run it would be with a 46 or 48 big chainring and shorten the chain. Even better, but I don't know if this is possible, would be to program the di2 so it doesn't shift to big/big.
I have a steep hill to my house that I lovingly call Ruinit hill, cause no matter how good your ride was, paperboying up this hill ruins it. Now with the 36t, not a problem. Glad to see this at Competitive.