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    Shimano M970 Crankset with bashguard?

    Hey All,

    I was thinking of buying a set of 970's for my Nomad and replacing the big ring with a bash guard... has anyone done this yet? Photos?

    Thanks in advance,

    Shep

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    Why ????

    The new XTR stuff is optimized for racing>>> light weight , etc etc .
    Seems like a total waste of money if youre putting a bash on it. Might as well get 3 XT cranks for the same money , I dare anyone to tell the diff.
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    I've got a saint bash ring on mine. fit great and looks awesome. XTR is not only for XC racing anymore. Shimano even makes a 20mm thru axle hub for the new group. there is no problem freeriding the new group. give it a try.

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    thanks Dover, exactly what I was going to say about the the new. DH racers use XTR... I wouldn't be surprised if you see most of the top racers running those for the weight advantage. The old 952 crankset was a staple for every DH'er back in the day...

    Dover, can you post some pics??

    thanks!
    Shep

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    XTR FC-M970 w/ Saint bashguard

    Quote Originally Posted by philshep
    thanks Dover, exactly what I was going to say about the the new. DH racers use XTR... I wouldn't be surprised if you see most of the top racers running those for the weight advantage. The old 952 crankset was a staple for every DH'er back in the day...

    Dover, can you post some pics??

    thanks!
    Shep

    here's the picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dover
    here's the picture
    That looks sweet!

    It says prototype on the NDS crankarm... are you a tester?

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    Dover, that looks awesome! Thanks for posting!

    Shep

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    not a tester,

    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    That looks sweet!

    It says prototype on the NDS crankarm... are you a tester?
    Nope, I wish.

    I've just got friends in high places.

    you noticed that quickly. i took that pic off-line instantly.
    you get the gold star for detective work

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dover
    Nope, I wish.

    I've just got friends in high places.

    you noticed that quickly. i took that pic off-line instantly.
    you get the gold star for detective work

    Ben
    Thanks for the gold star!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dover
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    So it looks like you had to modify the bashgaurd to make it fit. Is this true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soslow
    So it looks like you had to modify the bashgaurd to make it fit. Is this true?
    the xtr 970 has a "standard" bolt diameter, not like the previous 960, so "normal" bashguards should fit fine

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    yes, slightly

    Quote Originally Posted by soslow
    So it looks like you had to modify the bashgaurd to make it fit. Is this true?
    the Saint cranks arm and the XTR crank arm have slightly different profiles. if you look closely you can see where I filed the bash guarda bit. just where the bash guard and the crank arm meet, took me about 3 minutes to file the extra material away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dover
    the Saint cranks arm and the XTR crank arm have slightly different profiles. if you look closely you can see where I filed the bash guarda bit. just where the bash guard and the crank arm meet, took me about 3 minutes to file the extra material away.

    That's what I thought. I bought one and it wouldn't fit so I figured you had to file it some. I'll give it a go. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dover
    the Saint cranks arm and the XTR crank arm have slightly different profiles. if you look closely you can see where I filed the bash guarda bit. just where the bash guard and the crank arm meet, took me about 3 minutes to file the extra material away.


    ah.. I see it now... cool!

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    So did you also have to change the chainring bolts out? My existing ones don't fit with the bashguard.

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    yeah,

    Quote Originally Posted by soslow
    So did you also have to change the chainring bolts out? My existing ones don't fit with the bashguard.
    The saint bashguard uses its own bolt. they have a larger head to offset the stress of an impact.

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    I just fit a Gamut bashring to my M970 this evening. It required some minor dremeling in the same spot as Dovers.

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    I tried the same thing but the bashguard attach bolts pull right through the bashguard. Did they change the size of the Saint bolts this year or what ?
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    Anyone else have any success putting other bashguards on their XTR Cranks?
    Maverick Durance Ano-DUC32/C KING/XTR
    Mav ML8 Ano-DUC32/X0
    Mav ML8-DUC32/I9/XTR
    09 Spec. Demo-Totem-Ti DHX
    Norco Team DH

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    Ya, I would like to see what other installations look like and decide what to go with because the Shimano one is not very durable and too much of a pain in the as* to put on and the Race Face one I have looks ghey (too thin, just not proportional). Anyone have some pics of say an MRP or E thirteen installation???

    Bob
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    I run the Shimano bashguard for light duty XC stuff, but the E13 when I'm going to do some bashing. I wish my E13 still looked this good! It's since been pretty well bashed to hell.
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    I like the look of the E13.
    Maverick Durance Ano-DUC32/C KING/XTR
    Mav ML8 Ano-DUC32/X0
    Mav ML8-DUC32/I9/XTR
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    Norco Team DH

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    my brother just killed my xtr crank by putting the pedals on the wrong fu**in sides.

    any ideas where to get replacement arms

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    Both arms will cost you enough that you might as well just replace the cranks (and your brother apparently).
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