With a steel chain and steel cogs, why wouldn’t you want to use a steel chainring? Most chainrings on the market are made from aluminum, which is 35% softer than stainless steel. A softer metal means a shorter lifespan. Enter the Surly Stainless Steel chainring, made from 304-grade stainless. Stainless is a rust and corrosion-resistant alloy steel that is known for its toughness. Like all things mechanical, it will eventually wear out. When it does, simply flip the chainring around and you’ll get another lifespan out of it.