I've been using my shimano LX and XT cranks for a while now, and the rings are starting to look pretty tired. I've tried a few random rings on the Shimano cranks before and have had mixed results. For example, the Blackspire 24t plays better with the stock 32t ring than the Vuelta 24t, because the centerline of the teeth on the Blackspire is flush with the mounting flange, where as the vuelta's teeth sit a hair further inboard. In other cases, I've had aftermarket rings that were too tight to mount on the shimano arms; specifically, the shoulders on the crank arm flanges were interfering, so I had use a file on the new rings to get them to mount up properly. This slight difference (in this case, between TruShift rings and Shimano rings) seems like perhaps a way for Shimano to keep their customers stuck with their proprietary stuff
At any rate, I'm curious about which aftermarket rings, when used in combination, work well on the HT II crank arms. Who's using what non-shimano rings on their arms successfully?
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