Dropping Granny and Outter Ring, What Ring To Get?
I want to TRY going to a 38t on the front but don't even know where to start. I want something cheap so if I don't like it, I'm not out a significant amount of coin. I run Shimano XT. Could someone point in me the right direction. Thanks.
I'm using a Race Face 38T ring on one of my bikes. I don't recall how much it was, or even where I got it, but any LBS should be able to get it from QBP. It doesn't have ramps, so that's a plus. Surly makes some nice stainless rings, but I think they only go up to 36T.
Vuelta makes a cheap flat ring with no ramps or pins.
You might look at the Salsa chainrings they have 32,34,36,42,46,44 (but no 38).
The 36t Salsa 4 on 104 Chainring weight is 50g
They do not have ramps and pins for shifting, and that should help keep the chain on for your 1 X 9 set up. Also look at a front chain guide to help keep the chain on, I have had great luck with the Rohloff Chain guide
The XT cranks should have a 4 on 104mm bolt circle. You will need some shorter chainring bolts for the single chainring also.
Rohloff Chain Guide
I put my 38 in place of the middle ring (behind the spider) on some old LX cranks and did not need shorter bolts.
^Genius. Thanks. Finding an inexpensive 38t is proving difficult, especailly in 64/104. Wonder if I should goto a 36t instead.
Shimano makes a 38t Saint ring. They are listed in the BTI catalog; they are probably in other catalogs, too, but I have seen it in BTI. It might not be inexpensive, but it is one possibility.
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Mine is a Race Face DH ring - about $40 through your LBS or online.