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    What Chain Guide to Buy .... or Make

    Hi Forum,

    Just picked up a SURLY Pugsley from a friend who built it with a single ring on the front. Anyone have suggestions on which cheap chain keeper may work to keep from skipping off the ring?

    Also open to DIY or suggestions on how to re use older front derailleurs.

    Thank you
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    I use the Origin8 Torqlite UL Chain Guide on my Niner RLT since shimano 105 isn't a clutch derailleur. So far I haven't had a chain drop even on rougher singletrack

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    Did your friend ever have trouble with the chain coming off?
    Clutch-type rear derailleur and N/W chain ring have been pretty fool proof for me.
    Add a bash ring in the outer position if you want a little extra.

    I think that there are some BB-Etype guides out there.

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    Yeah he kept saying that his chain popped off after hitting some bumps. Just ordered the mini clamp on Origin8 Torqlite UL Chain Guide. saw they had the bb version of it too but just figured the mini clamp may work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCBiker84 View Post
    .... Just ordered the mini clamp on Origin8 Torqlite UL Chain Guide. saw they had the bb version of it too but just figured the mini clamp may work.
    My only thought is if the extension arm is long enough to reach out from the seat tube to the wide fat bike chain line?

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    Or put that money towards a clutch type rear derailleur ?

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    yeah orderedit off prime so if its a no go ill return and try another method

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    I bought Dartmoor Keeper and it was obviously too short but since it is adjustable i simply put a 2cm longer screw and 15 spacers and now it works fine.

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    i went through this same predicament when i converted my Surly Wednesday to 1x. after fiddling around with front der modifications, i ended up just getting a clutch type rear der and a narrow/wide front sprocket. brilliant solution that has no ill effects, short of cost.

    if i could do it over again, i would just go with the clutch rear der and n/w front sprocket to start...

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    I've raced DH many times and never had the chain come off with a clutch derailleur.
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