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    What's A Bashgaurd?

    Hey guys,
    Kinda new to this forum. I just got back inot riding and purchased a Specialized Enduro SL Comp. Love the bike! Awesome!
    I have heard of guys putting FSA Bashgaurds on them. What is a bashgaurd?
    Anyone have any pictures of one?
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    Helps prevent you from bashing your chain rings (i.e. going over logs, rocks, coyotes, etc.). In my case, I replaced my 44T with one. And as Loverboy says, lovin' every minute of it.




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    P.S. Here's one installed (pulled from Google image search):


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    Only picture I have on my computer rigth now. you can barely see it in my picture but it is were the pedals are the black ring that is it

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    i order'd the sleeker, lighter RaceFace one from my lbs. My 2nd ring is 32t so i got a 34t one. Nest stop will probably be a chain guide (thats what those things attached to the crank are right?) hah i'm a noob.

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    Hey,
    You guys are great! Thanks alot for the photos! DAM YOU GUYS ARE GOING OVER STUFF THAT TALL? SHEESH!
    I got alot of practicing to do though! Well, I am averaging 15 mph though according to my Cat Eye wireless computer! I am getting back in shape!
    I have about 70 miles on my rig so far and she's performing flawlessly! I think htis is the forum for me!! Everyone is great!
    I would take a AM bike ANYDAY over a cross country! I think the AM bikes are only going to get lighter and better as time goes on. Seems to me they are evolving nicely!
    Have you guys Checked out the new 08 Specialized Enduro on cyclingnews.com?
    Pretty sweet!
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    bashring

    My local ride is pretty stoney, so I after killing a couple of chainrings I fitted a bashguard and tensioner. I thought I would miss the big ring but thats only needed on tarmac and ive even dopped my granny ring and I dont miss them in the trials.

    I wish there was something similar for the rear disk too. I still kill those. Maybe I should get off and walk round this area. This is where I killed it last weekend..





    Gotta love the views round here though and the trail leads out of my back garden.




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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    My local ride is pretty stoney, so I after killing a couple of chainrings I fitted a bashguard and tensioner. I thought I would miss the big ring but thats only needed on tarmac and ive even dopped my granny ring and I dont miss them in the trials.

    I wish there was something similar for the rear disk too. I still kill those. Maybe I should get off and walk round this area. This is where I killed it last weekend..





    Gotta love the views round here though and the trail leads out of my back garden.



    dude nice slayer
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    Wait... if you use a bashguard, you have to get rid of gears 19-27? (the highest gears?) Really? Is it worth changing your bike from a 27 speed to an 18? Yikes...

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    Yes and no.

    Quote Originally Posted by s62
    Wait... if you use a bashguard, you have to get rid of gears 19-27? (the highest gears?) Really? Is it worth changing your bike from a 27 speed to an 18? Yikes...
    You would be getting rid of the three highest gears. The other six fall somewhere within the range of the remaining eighteen.

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    This is a bashguard.


    And this is the terrain it's made for.

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    My outer ring IS my bash-guard.....and it still works on my old bike after 10 years (minus a dozen teeth or so). I like to call it my "sacrificial" ring.

    My thought is, if you're going to dump your outer ring anyway....why not use it for bashing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawseman
    My outer ring IS my bash-guard.....and it still works on my old bike after 10 years (minus a dozen teeth or so). I like to call it my "sacrificial" ring.

    My thought is, if you're going to dump your outer ring anyway....why not use it for bashing?
    yeah thats great til you bend it bad enough you cant get your chain on your middle ring.

    heres a pic of mine on my 05 hardrock. haven't transfered it over to my new bike yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHertz
    yeah thats great til you bend it bad enough you cant get your chain on your middle ring.

    heres a pic of mine on my 05 hardrock. haven't transfered it over to my new bike yet.

    hmmm...good point. Maybe it's time I get me-self one, before I'm stuck grannying downhills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdude
    Only picture I have on my computer rigth now. you can barely see it in my picture but it is were the pedals are the black ring that is it
    now THAT is a good looking bike. or maybe im just partial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawseman
    My outer ring IS my bash-guard.....and it still works on my old bike after 10 years (minus a dozen teeth or so). I like to call it my "sacrificial" ring.

    My thought is, if you're going to dump your outer ring anyway....why not use it for bashing?
    Im with you on that one. Mine works as a bash guard that I pedal on ocasionally. Its worked for the last 8 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wylyman
    Im with you on that one. Mine works as a bash guard that I pedal on ocasionally. Its worked for the last 8 years.
    One caveat is that your big ring has teeth that can dig into a log and hang up the bike. Bash guards, on the other hand, are smooth and will slide right over. Bash guards are also smaller in diameter than the big ring and will give you additional clearance. Just food for thought.

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    Because it may have your chain on it as you're pedaling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawseman
    My thought is, if you're going to dump your outer ring anyway....why not use it for bashing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin G
    Because it may have your chain on it as you're pedaling?
    How often are you pedaling the big ring and bashing into things?

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    Bashing quite often; I ride trails with lots o large rocks.

    Use the big ring never which is why I tossed it for a useful piece of metal that protects my useful innards. I don't think a flimsy 44T does much protection if that's what you think you're using it for.

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    Large rocks, fallen trees, baled comrades....it's nice to have some traction when going up and over them. I don't know how well I'd handle those obstacles without the 3rd wheel push of my seasoned outer ring.

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    i have a bashguard and I rarely ever use it (I ride a hardtail). I usually bash my pedals, crank, or foot before
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    this is the one I use; mines a bit more mangled looking, though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarney
    this is the one I use; mines a bit more mangled looking, though.


    jc,

    Post up some info on this beast (manufacturer, distro, etc.). Looks like a "pedallers" bashguard....the third wheel of sorts.

    Thanks

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    a pic of my FSA bash guard... they're the cheapest among others (e13,blackspire,etc)...

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    rocks are one thing, but this is the main reason i'm getting a bashguard...






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    This one is nice if you don't need a chain tensioner:
    Last edited by All Mountain; 09-20-2007 at 10:32 PM.

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    thats the one i just ordered for my bike. Cant wait to get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by wacopacco
    thats the one i just ordered for my bike. Cant wait to get it
    I dig it ... it replaced an e13 and is much lighter

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    I'm just revisiting this thread to recant my posts here....

    I've purchased an FSA bashguard to replace my now bent....yes, bent....44t outer. This 7075 aluminum is a little more pliable than my old 6000. Not only have teeth bent over, but the ring itself is warping toward my middle ring. My old outer ring would just bust off teeth, but remain quite true.

    That's it...I was wrong....spank me.

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    So what are the advantages of a bash guard? I have been toying with getting one for my 5 spot ever since I built it up.

    Does it make it THAT much easier to get over big logs? Was curious as I have never used one. I always struggle with big logs and my buddies with bash guards make it over much easier. So do they have an advantage, or do I just plain suck at clearing big logs? Or is it somewhere in between.

    How do you guys like that race face bash guard posted above? I like it and my get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbcyclist
    Does it make it THAT much easier to get over big logs? Was curious as I have never used one. I always struggle with big logs and my buddies with bash guards make it over much easier. So do they have an advantage, or do I just plain suck at clearing big logs? Or is it somewhere in between.
    Yeah I'd say somewhere in between! I used to be really bad at clearing logs but due to a combination of bad technique, non-commitment and lack of conditioning. Since I got a bashguard, logs are not a problem... large obstacles are fun again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawseman
    jc,

    Post up some info on this beast (manufacturer, distro, etc.). Looks like a "pedallers" bashguard....the third wheel of sorts.

    Thanks
    Sorry, didn't see this way back when...

    It's made by AXIOM and I got it from a local shop. I believe he just went through a catalog looking for different bash guards and found it. I specified a saw-tooth and that's what he found. You might be able to find it somewhere by doing a google search for 'saw-tooth bash guard' or 'bash ring'. They really aren't too common, which is another reason I like it.

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    I wouldn`t go as far to say I get over logs any better but I dont have to worry about killing teeth anymore.... Its the rocks that get me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarney
    Sorry, didn't see this way back when...

    It's made by AXIOM and I got it from a local shop. I believe he just went through a catalog looking for different bash guards and found it. I specified a saw-tooth and that's what he found. You might be able to find it somewhere by doing a google search for 'saw-tooth bash guard' or 'bash ring'. They really aren't too common, which is another reason I like it.
    NP....I ended up buying the FSA CNC bash. It has more of a sharktooth design. I think it will slide over obstacles, yet bite-in if I need that 3rd wheel push.

    Thanks anyway, jc

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    Nice Pretty Bashies! Here is mine before use....

    I think the shark fin is a good design..good choice.
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    hmmm i find myself on the big ring ALL the time except for clearing hills, Ive only got one bike so my AM hardtail sees alot of road and trail use, does anyone know of a bashring that can still work while keeping the 3rd ring??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Blue
    hmmm i find myself on the big ring ALL the time...
    You must be a very fast rider.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Blue
    ...does anyone know of a bashring that can still work while keeping the 3rd ring??
    Yup, this one.



    Pricepoint has them.

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    thank you very much, I wouldnt call myself fast but Ive only got one bike and during monday-wednesday Im always on the road thats why I prefer to have my big ring up front. Does this come in different sizes or is this a one size fits all kinda thing??

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    I've had the 32t-max bashie on for a half dozen rides or so without a strike. Excellent clearance, which is something to consider. Adding larger diameter will protect the outer ring at the cost of clearance.

    Here's a couple shots of the FSA bashie....and yes, I left a little dirt on the trails for others to enjoy....




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    For a "sawtooth" design check out....and a question for Hawseman...

    I use a Threshold Bashring and currently run a 1 X 9 setup using an N-Gear Jumpstop.

    Sorry. No photo of the Threshold (They're local to me. They're located in Quarryville, PA) but Webcyclery carries them. www.webcyclery.com
    Threshold does a lot of trials products but their bashrings are absolutely bombproof.

    Hawseman. Looks like you have your chain "sandwiched". Is that a RonnieRing on the inside?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastcoaster
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    Hawseman. Looks like you have your chain "sandwiched". Is that a RonnieRing on the inside?
    Yes, EC....it is. I doubt that I'll have any problems now with my 2x9 arrangement and the shorter chain length. I'm going to leave it in because I've never had any issues with it. It's been more of a piece-o-mind for me....at least I think. Never really rode hard without it on this bike.

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    warning- spam!!
    this is a bashguard!!!!!!!


    i would have to say everyone needs one
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