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    Can I use a normal chain ring up front?

    Hi friends. I just bought a new crankset for my SS. A nice carbon FSA SL-K. Of course, in my stupidity I didn't notice that it uses 3-bolt rings instead of the normal (I guess) 104 BCD 4-bolt rings. This means that I cant use my Race Face narrow wide chain ring which I was planning too.

    Is is an option to use a regular geared chain ring up front or will I have issues with dropped chains?

    I'm using a White Industries Eccentric hub in the rear if that makes any difference.

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    a ramped- and pinned chainring is going to drop the chain on a pretty regular basis and drive you insane. i looks like FSA has you covered with a SS ring though. FSA SL-K COMPACT 386 SINGLE (2014 GRAPHIC) - FSA

    I understand if you like that crankset, but if I was in that situation, I would return the cranks and get something with a standard 104 BCD just to avoid future problems with chainring availability.

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    Thanks for your answer. Your right, it kind of sucks. I only paid around $110 for the cranks (slightly used) so its not the end of the world. It's for a project bike so I'll have some time to find a FSA n/w ring.

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    I will say from experience in my early days of SS you'll probably be fine with a ramped ring so long as you have a non-ramped cog in back (give it a shot what is the harm?). you will have to pay more attention to chain tension. It is not ideal BUT it wouldn't keep me off the trials.

    I also know from experience that using a ramped cog in back will lead to MANY dropped chains.

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    I'll give it a try. Using a singlespeed freewheel in the back so that should be OK.

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    Installing a JumpStop is a cheap fix too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    Installing a JumpStop is a cheap fix too.
    Seems like a good idea. Do you think I'll have any problems with the chain dropping off to the right side of the ring? I plan to not use a bash guard.

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    I don't this is a problem with good chain tension. I haven't mountain biked with this but I do it on my fixed gear road bike and I have descended many long steep canyons at crazy rpm without issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matw View Post
    Seems like a good idea. Do you think I'll have any problems with the chain dropping off to the right side of the ring? I plan to not use a bash guard.
    Don't know. I always used a bash guard. BBG has one for your crank for $12 if you decide to go that route.

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    No problem w/ramp

    Quote Originally Posted by matw View Post
    Thanks for your answer. Your right, it kind of sucks. I only paid around $110 for the cranks (slightly used) so its not the end of the world. It's for a project bike so I'll have some time to find a FSA n/w ring.


    I have been riding SS for 15yrs and have used and continue to use ramped chain rings. Absolutely NO problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo View Post
    I have been riding SS for 15yrs and have used and continue to use ramped chain rings. Absolutely NO problem!
    Interesting. I'll definitely try it out.

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    You should be fine as since there is no derailleur, the tension will be fixed..

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    With correct chainline and chain tension it works fine.

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    I used a "normal" Deore chainring for a year or two. No particular problems. Good chainline and tension - but I also had (and have) a bashring.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Good chain line and proper chain tension and you should be golden.

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