From $160 per set, Praxiscycles.com
The draw: Shift performance with few rivals
Shimano Dura-Ace chainrings have long been the benchmark for shift performance for good reason–everything else on the market simply doesn’t match them. Well, everything other than Praxis Works. Like Shimano, Praxis Works cold forges their rings (most everyone else machines) to maximize stiffness. The result? Black chainrings that shift as well as Dura-Ace at a lower price. They make a great upgrade for most any five-bolt crank.