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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-04-09, 05:38 PM   #1
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Which is more important...?

A chainring or a bottom bracket? Or should I say, which takes priority?

I have the means to only upgrade one of the two. Right now, at least. I'm leaning towards chainring because I'm figuring one should only replace the bottom bracket if it has run its course and needs to be replaced. Without the bottom bracket being TOTAL CRAP, it's tough to notice any major difference, right? Or am I all wrong about this?

In the case of the chainring, I'd be upping to the Zen Racing from a FSA ring. Noticeable upgrade, no?

What do you guys suggest I do? Which would be the wiser choice.
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Old 01-04-09, 05:39 PM   #2
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If the BB is working, there's no reason to upgrade it
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Old 01-04-09, 05:41 PM   #3
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i have the zen chainring and it is of high quality. went from using standard road rings to using the 1/8" ring, and i noticed less noise.

if the bottom bracket is shot, by all means replace it. if it still spins, then leave it be. i have seen more problems from improperly adjusted bb's than incorrectly installed chainrings- you'd have to be pretty dense to improperly install a chainring, barring over-tightening or under tightening.
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Old 01-07-09, 08:09 PM   #4
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Well, and my question is...if both are in good working order & you're not changing your gearing, what's the purpose (beyond aesthetic) to swap chainring? Surely the few oz you might save in rotating weight won't make a lick of a diff. ... or am I missing something?
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Old 01-07-09, 08:32 PM   #5
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It's just the desire to buy something new and pretty for a bike, I get that all the time.
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