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Old 10-06-11, 03:50 PM   #1
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Chainguide necessary for hardtail?

I bought one, but now having the doubt if it's worth it or not for my hardtail. I looked at the picture thread and looks like out of 95 bikes there is 1 bike with a chain guide.
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I bought one, but now having the doubt if it's worth it or not for my hardtail. I looked at the picture thread and looks like out of 95 bikes there is 1 bike with a chain guide.
There are two bikes with chainguides in the first four posts. Maybe three out of five - I can't tell what OSB has got going on there.

If you are running a single ring up front and multiple gears in the rear, it's pretty much mandatory to have some sort of chain retention device.
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If you are running a single ring up front and multiple gears in the rear, it's pretty much mandatory to have some sort of chain retention device.
+1. It need not be elaborate though; it can be something as simple as simple as a bash guard and some form of innner jump-stop:

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what if I had 3 gears and I decided to get a chainguide, is it dumb of me to purchase one still?
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but yeah I bought e13 lg1+ and it cost me $130. I don't know if I can justify that much if a derailleur can do the same with light trailing and zippin down single trails.
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Do you ride trails where you're constantly dropping your chain?

$130 is a lot for something a cheaper alternative can do the same in the "light trailing and zippin down single trails" you say you do. If you have a 3 ring cranskset a NGear jumpstop works well in this application and it's way cheaper.
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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.

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