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OneUp granted patent for extra-low sprocket, says other brands are infringing

Published April 22, 2015
Updated: Company says it believes several companies are infringing on its patent.

SQUAMISH, British Columbia (BRAIN) —  The Canadian components maker OneUp Components has been granted a U.S. patent that applies to its 42-tooth sprocket, which can be used on 10-speed cassettes to create a single-chainring drivetrain with an acceptable low gear. The company said it is now accepting applications from those who want to license the patent. 

While there are several other companies offering 42-tooth sprockets for similar applications, it's not clear whether they would be violating OneUp's new patent. OneUp also said a Canadian patent is pending.

"It's our belief and understanding that there are several companies who infringe on our claims as granted," said OneUp's Sam Richards. "We'd like to give these parties an opportunity to evaluate their designs against our patent. We would be happy to discuss a mutually beneficial licensing agreement with any company that does deem their design to be covered by our claims."

OneUp Components is actively trying to open up new shops in the U.S. The brand sells to about 500 shops worldwide and also sells consumer direct. Besides the 42-tooth cog, OneUp offers rear derailleur upgrades, a 7-speed cassette adapter for downhillers and narrow-wide chainrings. 

More information: U.S. Patent Office listing.

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