Inexpensive aluminum bash...has to be good, thick, and tough.
e.13 bash rings suck the life out of anything sacred when it comes to drivetrains. They are fragile. I tagged mine on a log when I wasn't even on the bike...(hike'a'bike)...when I lost my footing. Now it's got spiderweb cracks all up'n'down that schizzle! This is the new style e.13 a'la Dannihilator's ride.
I always use a torque wrench. My old clear poly bash had spiderweb cracks that originated at the bolt holes. I always use a torque wrench. They look like over tightening cracks because I never even smacked that daggum thing on squat. I always use a torque wrench.
I'm sick of disposable crap produced from companies relying on their earned reputation...and then producing crap to save money.
I need a decent aluminum bash at a decent price. I'd prefer it to be thicker than some silly chain-keeper singlespeed POS. I still want it to serve the purpose of a bash...though I rarely bash.
They aren't cheap-cheap but they are super-durable. Syncros store (http://store.syncros.com/products/ca...184.108.40.206.0.0.0) has their zoot-capri-bling chromed alus still for a little over 50. Ed, you know what a hack I am and how much stuff I've cased/creamed/smacked with mine and it still found its way to my new rig over the brand new one that came with my MRP.
Of the two, go with the FSA. I've had one before (on the AS-X) that I also beat mercilessly. IIRC, it's extra-wide (5mm?); plus it has those directional, rounded 'saw-teeth' to give it a little bit of bite going over logs and stuff.