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Old 01-15-06, 06:09 PM   #1
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Thinking about going to single chainring...

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Just got back rom riding around at a local school, doing stairs and what not. Then it hit me, I never shift out of my middle chainring. NOt just just for urban but even on trails. I rarely if ever go out of it. My GI in the 2nd ring is 26-76 which is perfect. But I have never ventured into the world of single chainrings and bashguards and what have you, so I your guy's help. Do I have to buy a new crankset? Or do I just take off the 1st and 3rd ring, and put on a bashguard? If so any reccemondations? If I have to buy a new crank set, any reccomendations? I ride a little urban, mainly trails, more technical than XC. Drops no more than 4 ft. The crankset I have now is what came stock on the bike, Truvativ FiveD w/ ISIS.

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Old 01-15-06, 06:19 PM   #2
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I smell a SS comming on. Seriously though. I saw cranksets at jensonusa a while back for like $59(Truvative). It was one 34t chainring and a serious bash guard. Then again nothing wrong with carting around those extra chainrings as long as you don't mind.
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Or do I just take off the 1st and 3rd ring, and put on a bashguard?
Yep, ditch the inner and outer rings, front derailleur, front shifter and cable. You will need a chain guide of some sort (MRP and E.13 are two of the most popular and bashrings are included with both).

You can keep your existing crank.
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i would keep the cranks just to try it out, since you aren't sure if you really want it yet. just take the others off and put the bash guard on (as said) the only difference (as far as i know) is that the cranks will have the extra spots to bolt on the smallest chainring, which aren't even visable from the outside of the crank.
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just take em off, when i went single, my RaceFace crank came with all 3, so i took em off and put ont he e.13 SRS and vouala
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Question: If I take on the biggest ring and put a bashguard there, but keep the smallest ring where it is, do I still need a chain guide? Cause I have found some deals on bashguards, but not chainguides. What are the benefits of chainguides anyway when running 9 in the back (if that even matters)?

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hmm, I can see my post, but It doesnt say I posted it on the actual forum...

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Old 01-16-06, 06:34 AM   #8
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Question: If I take on the biggest ring and put a bashguard there, but keep the smallest ring where it is, do I still need a chain guide? Cause I have found some deals on bashguards, but not chainguides. What are the benefits of chainguides anyway when running 9 in the back (if that even matters)?
Your chain will not fall off the chainrings if you use a guide or tensioner.
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Question: If I take on the biggest ring and put a bashguard there, but keep the smallest ring where it is, do I still need a chain guide? Cause I have found some deals on bashguards, but not chainguides. What are the benefits of chainguides anyway when running 9 in the back (if that even matters)?
You can replace the big ring with a bashring, and retain everything else, and adjust the limit screws on your front derailleur so it doesn't try and shift into the bashring. The only benefit to this setup is it will save your big ring when you smash into stuff. However, if you're not using your big ring anyway, it doesn't really matter.

Benefits of chainguides include quieter operation, less clutter in the cockpit, and the fact that you'll never drop a chain again.
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You can replace the big ring with a bashring and set your front derailleur limit screws so it doesn't want to shift into the bashring. This will give you the ability to slam into stuff without destroying your big ring, but since you never use the big ring anyhow, it doesn't really matter.

Benefits of chainguides include quieter operation, a cleaner cockpit, and never throwing a chain again.

WTF MATE... why put exactly the same twice!! haha
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Now that we're on topic... is the Truvativ Boxguide made for a dual ring setup?
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WTF MATE... why put exactly the same twice!! haha
My first post didn't show for me because the board was boogered so I reposted later that afternoon.

Besides, it was a very important message, and worth posting twice. Had any of those lately?
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My first post didn't show for me because the board was boogered so I reposted later that afternoon.

Besides, it was a very important message, and worth posting twice. Had any of those lately?
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don't forget you can shorten the length of your chain too.

i use the TruVativ crankset from jenson for like 69 bucks that comes with a nice bashgaurd too.
(it seems great so far! it is my second one...but only Gastro knows why )

on my commuter bike i don't even have a chain guide. just a shortened chain...never had problems...but it is only on smooth surfaces. i did put a clear e.thirteen guard on so that i didn't have to tuck my right pant leg into my sock like on the 40 yr old virgin.

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Old 01-17-06, 09:23 PM   #15
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That is always the first step in becoming a singlespeed mtb'r. They always ditch the front rings first. Then after a few months to a year kiss the rear deraillieur and and gears goodbye and say hello to a dedicated ss mtb. Happened to me, happened to a few people here. I'll never go with gears on a ht mtb again.
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