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    Is it necessary to have chain guide on a trail bike?

    Is it necessary to have chain guide on a trail bike?

    which is a high quality chain guide?

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    If you don't have trouble with dropping chains you don't need a chain guide.

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    Its not necessary but it is really nice to have zero to very little chain noise.
    Pair the chain guide with a clutch rear der and you have a noise free setup!

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    does the chain guide affect gear shifting ?

    what is the best one in the market? I read so many reviews that I just become more confused.

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    Ride the Pivot M5.7 you've ordered as-is (once you get it) and see. If you have chain drop issues, get one. If you have no chain drop issues, don't get one.

    Then, it'll depend on if you are running one or two rings, do you want bash protection or not, and what's your budget. What kind of trails you ride, and how you ride comes into play quite a bit as well.

    Asking which is "best" will just get you a ton of answers based on what people like for themselves.
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    If you are getting the pivot 5.7
    I also have a 5.7 and I run the pivot iscg adapter with the mrp lopes chain guide

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    Yes!!! You could die without one!! HEED THIS WARNING!

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    I just went to 1x10 with a WolfTooth Chainring 30T on my trail bike and so far 2 days of riding through some rough terrain it has not even fallen off once. No chain guide, just a rear Shimano XTR Shadow Plus derailleur. So it is possible

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    I'm running a SS front chainring with a short cage rear derailleur and the chain has never come off.

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    My experience with three bikes set up 1x is I dropped chain without a guide. One bike went many rides before dropping the chain, but once is one time too many for me so I got a chainguide.

    I used Pauls on two and MRP on one and they both were easy to mount and have worked flawlessly.

    I like the idea of a clutch rear D and the wolftooth chainring, and may try that when it comes time to replace a rear D. The price of replacement chainrings is the only drawback I can see to that system.

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