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    Shimano M442 22/32/44T crank, where can I buy a 36T chainring for it?

    I have a Shimano M442 22/32/44T crank, (175mm, Octalink) on my Gary Fisher Piranha. I recently purchased a BBG 32T bashguard, but now I'm worried I'm going to have to upgrade down the line to maybe a 36T chainring and equivalent BBG bashguard.

    I've maybe used the 44T chainring a few times on pavement so I'm not too sad to see it go, but is my M442 crank capable of accepting a Shimano 36T chainring? Which model should I be looking for?

    I've found a Shimano M443 crank that runs 48/36/26T chainrings, so can I just buy that middle chainring and swap over to mine? According to Shimano's tech doc, it's not interchangeable unfortunately (http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830647958.pdf)

    Also if I'm able to do this, would I need to upgrade my current rear cassette (9-speed, 11 - 32 teeth) as well for it to work with the 36/22T up front?

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    I had the same M442 Octalink (44/32/22) crank set that came on a 2009 Specialized FSR XC Comp. I switched it out to a 36 tooth Race Face bash and a 36 tooth Blackspire middle ring and the stock 22 tooth granny without any issues. Shifting from the 22 up to the 36 can be a little slower and deliberate when compared to 22 up to the 32, but you get use to it.

    And you don't need to upgrade your rear cassette as long as it's not worn.
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