Step 12: Renthal R3-2 Chain & RC-1 Works Brake Pads

When you look a little deeper into the drive line of a dirt bike a lot of components are involved and all have a specific role to play in putting the power to the ground. In turn your front tire is pawing at the air as you exit the corners and tearing knobs off your freshly installed rear tire. Let’s break down the clutch system which includes the clutch basket, inner hub, pressure plate, and clutch drive & friction plates with springs, I almost forgot the push rod and actuator arm as nothing happens without them. The clutch system transfers the engine power into the gear box while letting you control that power but from there it needs to get from the front counter shaft sprocket to the rear wheel sprocket via a chain. The chain can be one of the most improper components in the drive line as it ties everything together from the power output on the counter shaft sprocket and transfers it to rotation of the rear wheel. The chain being such an important component is why I decided to go with a Renthal R3-2 o-ring off road chain. Think about what a chain goes through while you’re out riding or racing. All the mud, dirt, and water it’s exposed to are only half of the concerns. What about the loads placed on it as the rear suspension travels through its full stroke? The mud and dirt that grinds away as the chain and sprockets rotate and the heat generated from the chain and sprocket contact, are just a few things going on with your external drive line.

Renthal understands the requirements for an off road chain to be durable and reliable. Renthal uses the finest materials and manufacturing processes to produce the ultimate chain that will exceed our entire off road needs. The R3-2 chain is only available in the 520 pitch and has been designed for the extreme rigours of off road use. Renthal uses Nitrile o-rings that help extend chain life by retaining the vacuum injected grease in the chain joints. Each side plate is shot-peened for high tensile strength and maximum shock and load resistance. Renthal offers the R1 Works Chain that is a non o-ring chain and is available in 420, 428, and 520 pitches.

Renthal jumped into the brake pad market not long ago and has developed the RC-1 Works Brake Pads. You will find that the RC-1 pads were designed for motocross and off-road racing applications where maximum stopping power is required even in the driest and wettest conditions. Brake pads are subject to a lot of the same elements as the chain. Riding in wet or muddy conditions increases the wear and demand on your brake pads. Looking for a brake pad that is made with high performance sintered material coupled with a ceramic heat shield backing for reduced heat that will ensure you have braking power through the entire race? Well Renthal has the brakes pads you have been looking for. Before I even started this bike build I had been using Renthal brake pads already and performed a Hammer Tested review. Click HERE for a complete review of the brake pads and see what I really think.

About Renthal

Renthal is a global leader in the manufacturing, design and sales of motorcycle and ATV accessories, including but not limited to, handlebars, grips, chainwheels and chain. Our products are sold globally, but the manufacturing heart is in Manchester England.

Renthal is the leader in handlebars for the motorcycle and ATV markets and currently, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM spec their motocross models with our handlebars as stock.

Renthal sponsors racers from all over the world and 153 World Titles and 132 US Titles have been won using Renthal products.

Renthal History

Renthal was formed in 1969 by motorcycle enthusiasts Andrew Renshaw and Henry Rosenthal to make handlebars for trials bikes. The name is a combination – REN from Renshaw and the THAL from Rosenthal.

In 1975 the company entered the motocross market with full time production in Manchester, England, the very same place where the company resides today. The company had steady growth through the 70’s and 80’s and finally broke into the US market in the early 90s. Renthal currently employs over 60 production staff and its products are sold in 42 countries worldwide.

In October 2000 Renthal’s factory was destroyed by a massive fire. What replaced the original factory was a completely new, state of the art manufacturing and design facility. Renthal’s 41,000 sq. ft. factory now uses the most state of the art equipment available for manufacturing, quality control, R&D, and storage. This includes five Yamazaki two and three axis CNC turning centers, seven Kitamura machining centers, one Kardex Shuttle 500NT automated vertical storage system, and a number of other custom specification machines. These custom spec machines include bar bending machines, a fatigue tester and drop test rig created to fatigue aluminum handlebars.

In 2004 Renthal added to its list of records, becoming the first aluminium handlebar to be fitted as OE on a Japanese off-road motorcycle, possibly one of the highest accolades of quality a company in this industry could receive. Now in 2010, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM choose Renthal handlebars for their performance motocross models.