Wolf Tooth Components 104 BCD Elliptical Chainring for Shimano HG+ 12-speed Chains - black/32 tooth

Wolf Tooth Components 104 BCD Elliptical Chainring for Shimano HG+ 12-speed Chains

Item number: 74372

Wolf Tooth Components Elliptical 104 BCD chainring - perfect for Shimano HG+ 12-speed

The Wolf Tooth Components Elliptical 104 BCD chainring for Shimano HG+ 12-speed chains has an oval design and a bolt circle diameter of 104 mm. It is specially designed for use with Shimano XTR, XT and SLX 12-speed Hyperglide+ chains. These interact with the chainring in a very different way than a traditional wide narrow design. Wolf Tooth has therefore invested a lot of time to understand how the HG+ system works and to design an optimal tooth profile. The result is a chainring that combines the quiet and smooth performance of the Hyperglide Plus drivetrain with the legendary Wolf Tooth chain retention. This also counteracts premature wear, which can occur when using a non-optimised product. With its elliptical shape, the chainring accommodates the biomechanics of pedalling and also enhances traction.


Cross Country, All Mountain, Enduro
104 mm bolt circle diameter, 4-arm
32 T, 34 T
oval 10%

Technical Information:

aluminium (7075-T6)


  • all cranks with 104 mm bolt circle diameters
  • Shimano 12-speed HG + (Hyperglide+) chains
  • M8 chainring bolts (nuts not required)


  • optimised tooth profile for HG+ 12-speed chains, PowerTrac Elliptical design
  • excellent chain retention
  • increased and more even pedalling performance, more efficiency in the recovery zone and more traction thanks to constant torque
  • timing: 112° to TDC (Top Dead Center)
  • Made in the USA

Note from the manufacturer:
It is best to use a clutch rear derailleur. For very muddy conditions a chain guide in combination with clutch rear derailleur is recommended.


PowerTrac Elliptical™ (PTE)
Wolf Tooth's PowerTrac Elliptical chainrings feature 10% ovality, in combination with 112° timing, which is measured according to the Top Dead Center (TDC). This means that the wider diameter chainring section engages the chain at the optimum point in the downward movement, the power zone. In this way the natural biomechanics of the body are taken into account.

PTE is like having two chain rings in one. This is because your pedal stroke is biomechanically weakest when your pedals are at the upper and lower positions of the circle (at 11 to 1 o'clock and 5 to 7 o'clock on a dial), also known as the " recovery zone" . Thanks to the oval shape of the chainrings, the narrower section grips at this stage, which makes it seem as if you have two chainring teeth less. It's as if you were instantly shifting to a smaller chainring, for example from 34 to 32 tooth.
The reverse is true for the power zone of your pedal stroke - when your front pedal is at 1 to 5 o'clock. Here, when your legs are at their strongest and most efficient, the PowerTrac elliptical has a wide diameter and works as if you have two extra chainring teeth, about 36 instead of 34.

The whole thing also benefits traction. The torque on the rear wheel is more even, so the probability of you overpowering and slipping in the power zone is reduced. It also makes pedalling easier in the recovery zone and maintains momentum. This " 2 chainrings-in-1" effect keeps the pedal stroke smooth and the torque constant at every stroke.

Drop-Stop® ST
Wolf Tooth has invested countless hours in the design, prototyping and testing of their Wide-Narrow chainrings and has developed a highly innovative tooth profile. Test riders around the world have confirmed that this design brings unparalleled performance.
The right side of the chainring tooth has a different shape than the left side. The right side transmits the power to the chain and the left side opens a free space for cleaning off mud and dirt. Since the two sides have completely different functions, it makes sense to design them differently, true to the motto: extra reinforcement where you need it, less material where you don't.
The right side of the Drop-Stop tooth is as wide as possible to distribute the load over a larger area, which also minimises wear. The left side of the Drop-Stop tooth helps to guide the chain, but it does not transmit any load. Therefore the left side is narrower than the chain roller. Wear is not an issue on this side, so Wolf Tooth was able to save material and create a better mud clearance channel. More free space means less friction and less change of the chain being dropped due to mud.
In the ST version, the Drop-Stop tread is optimised for use on mountain bikes with Shimano Hyperglide+ 12-speed gears. The teeth are somewhat narrower overall. The wide teeth have a symmetrical trapezoidal shape (Symmetric Trapezoidal = ST) to accommodate the more extended inner edges of HG+ chains and thus guide them. The outsides do not touch the chain, unlike the narrow teeth and unlike Drop-Stop A and B.

Manufacturer Numbers:

32 tooth:
34 tooth:


  • 1 x Wolf Tooth Components 104 BCD Elliptical Shimano HG+ 12-speed chainring

  • 100 day return period
  • Online since 1998
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  • black/34 tooth, in stock

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