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Old 09-07-10, 07:23 PM   #1
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Blackspire vs All-City

I need/want a 1/8" 43t 144 bcd chain ring in black.

Blackspire and All-City seem my only choices.

http://www.blackspire.com/qs/product/83/5948/263229/0/0

http://allcitycycles.com/products/co...2_track_rings/

Who has experience with either or both of these chain rings?

Accurate roundness and low noise mean the most to me; more than aesthetics.

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Old 09-07-10, 07:51 PM   #2
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I have had good luck with the Sugino Zen Messenger, which is available in 144 bcd 43T x 1/8 black >>> http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...2&currency=USD
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I have had good luck with the Sugino Zen Messenger, which is available in 144 bcd 43T x 1/8 black >>> http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...2&currency=USD
+1. It doesn't seem as perfectly round as my Sugino Zen ring, but very close. Mine is silent when used with a KMC Z610HX chain. Good luck!
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Blackspire is local to me. Everything is made on-shore. A good CNC machine is the same as the next. They are both hardened and anodised.

I would politely ask that you spend money in my neighbourhood. Plus I like having components that others don't have. Blackspire is that.
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I have the 130bcd version and it has served me well. It is round as far as I know nor does it make any horrible noise when I pedal.
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Thanks for pointing out the Zen Messenger chain ring.

I have a Sugino 75 crank, and this would keep everything in family.

Someday, though, I want to try a Blackspire product, but not now that I have the option of staying with Suginol

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