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    Chain guide if going 1x

    Do i need a chain guide if I'm switching to a 1x on the front? My rear right now is 7 but may upgrade to 9 few months down the line.

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    You might try the All Mountain forum. Pretty sure I've seen it discussed there. I think the only peeps getting away without a guide have a clutch in the rear, and even then some need one.
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    Depends. If you use a ring like the Race Face Wide Narrow, you may not need a guide or bash. It also depends on your rear derailleur. Check the drivetrain forum. There's a few threads about 1x setups.

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    Chain guide if going 1x

    Quote Originally Posted by BigSteve in CO View Post
    You might try the All Mountain forum. Pretty sure I've seen it discussed there. I think the only peeps getting away without a guide have a clutch in the rear, and even then some need one.
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    Re: Chain guide if going 1x

    Thank u

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    Not with your present chain ring. If you use a single speed chainring or one of these new wide-narrow rings and shorten your chain, there is a good chance it will work. Depends on how rough the trails are that you ride. I've got a couple of bikes that are working fine this way.
    Otherwise you can setup a BBG bashwich for a cheap solution.

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