Thanks for taking the time to reply Tehan.
As before, the chainring grumble wasn't really aimed at Absolute Black it was more of a general observation for the narrow/ wide approach in general. It is really good you are so open as to possible limitations here on an open forum which is something I think a lot of companies could benefit from.
The limitations on the website are not obvious however (and there was no mention of mud issues on the website when I bought like there is now) as Scatterbug says...
The only bad point from a consumer point of view is that is has taken a little while for the mud discussion to surface properly in general (again not aimed directly at AB).
More disappointing was that the chainring is failing in "Summer mud" (i.e. dry for weeks then rain on the day of a ride only) here in the UK so it would seem Winter in completely out of the question. I mean if I am riding with Racing Ralphs front and rear then it isn't really that muddy
AB ring and chain watcher is also not an option since the chain still sits high on the ring and would lock up/ jam/ fall off. If you are using a chain watcher/ chain guide I think a normal ring is a better mud option. I have been riding in the South of the UK in a variety of soil types and still the same problems, not just clay based mud. Anything other than Surrey Hills/ Gorrick style terrain will always cause issue I think which for a MTB (where mud is unavoidable). Wales has actually been kindest to me with not too much deep much and more rock/ root based terrain that dries well.
So I guess my main question is do you see an opportunity for a new design of chainring to be used with clutch mechs which is mud proof? Perhaps along the lines of the FSA megatooth long, hooked profile, and with a more traditional triangle cross section to allow the mud to be pushed off? I think there is sufficient demand for this not just MTB, and not just in the UK since I notice a lot of interest from Cyclocross riders in your rings. I can't imagine they are going to be super happy on the narrow/ wide design when the muddy, winter racing start, especially without a clutch mech. Is there any possibility of a second tooth profile? It would really set AB apart from the millions of narrow/ wide designs now coming to market.. I would be happy to test this out