Te mortuo heres tibi sim?
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East coast
Bikes: hardtail, squishy, fixed roadie, fixed crosser
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Well, since an LG1+ will only work with one ring, yeah, then it's dumb if you want to run more than one ring...
For a single ring, you can run the upper bits off of it though, and it'll basically act like a XCX guide with the ability to add the lower taco bash/roller on if you want, or if you swap frames.
This is what I'm doing on my hardtail right now. Already had the LG1+ guide anyhow, so why buy a separate XCX? Wasn't using it on the bike I'd originally bought it for, so... This bike gets thrown and bounced all frickin' over the place, and the guide works beautifully. Quiet, simple. Using a 31t front ring - so far things have been good without a bash. If I find myself destoying rings and chains, I'll go back to my bash/Jump-Stop setup.
Anyhow, it comes down to this: do you want or need some sort of bash protection or not. If not, something simple like the XCX, MRP 1x, Paul Components guide, or Rohloff guides work very well. If you do, a bashring and Jump-Stop (or something like) works great. Combine with as short a chain as you can. When your current chainring dies, replace with an unramped version. When your derailleur dies, replace witha s hort cage version, if it isn't already.
Last edited by scrublover; 10-08-11 at 04:38 AM.