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    Good chain, cog & chain ring setup for SS?

    Been out of the SS game for a while. Converting my krampus to SS and search fatigue has set in.

    I ride 32f 19r. Please give me some hints on what to buy and where. Tell me what you've had luck with. Thanks!

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    Cog: Endless cog (from endless)
    Chain: kmc x10.93 chain (amazon, also order another bag of matching quicklinks)
    Chaining: depends on your cranks bcd, I currently have a raceface narrow wide

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Should have mentioned that my cranks are slx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edge View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. Should have mentioned that my cranks are slx.
    Again.....it depends on the BCD.

    I had an older set of SLX triples that I used on my SS, so I was able to find rings left and right for the 104 BCD. Broke those cranks and bought new SLX 1x cranks with the funky offset 96 BCD.......rings are more difficult to find.

    All that being said:

    Renthal 1X N/W ring
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Again.....it depends on the BCD.

    I had an older set of SLX triples that I used on my SS, so I was able to find rings left and right for the 104 BCD. Broke those cranks and bought new SLX 1x cranks with the funky offset 96 BCD.......rings are more difficult to find.

    All that being said:

    Renthal 1X N/W ring
    Niner RDO Ti cog
    KMC 10.93 chain
    Ah, didn't know that. These are the newer FC-M670. 104 BCD I believe.

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    I wouldn't put too much thought into it. Most companies are making quality products. Personally, I'm a Wolftooth fan. They make nice well thought products and their customer service is second to none. I ordered a chainring from them and it got lost in the mail, USPS said they delivered it, but I never recieved it. Wolftooth sent a second chainring at no charge no questions asked.

    I've also had good luck with Chris King cogs. These things seem to last forever.

    Surly also supplies nice inexpensive stainless chainrings. I've used these on my commuter bike.

    I use Sram 9 speed chains. They're reasonably priced and the powerlink is a nice feature.

    I'd avoid 1 speed chains, most that I have used are garbage.

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    Absolute Black oval chainrings are my favorite but I've used RF, Wolftooth with no complaints. Surly stainless would be my pick for non NW.

    Surly and Endless cogs are great.

    KMC 8 speed chains are simple and cheap. I used to use Sram 8 speed chains but they stretch too much. I agree with avoiding SS specific chains.
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    Surly Cogs

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    SRAM 11sp chain so I can keep 1 type of chain as backup that fits all our bikes. And they're under $20.


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    All that stuff is secondary, a good high POE hub and done. Just laced up an Onyx Ss hub, should qualify as a mind expanding drug.
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    King cogs have held up the best for me. Endless are quality too.

    I've run all sorts of chains; 8 or 9 speed are my preference (along with a dialed in chain line).

    I run all sorts of "traditional toothed" rings- Blackspire mono veloce's and MRP's are the two I like most.
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    Another vote for CK cogs. Also using a wolf tooth ring and a Wipperman connex chain.

    When I built my drivetrain for the Sir I bought three of those chains and have only needed one. I check it pretty often and is showing no sign of stretch or wear. Since I've sold the Sir I moved the drive train to my Ros and have had zero issues.
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    I have never had a problem with Surly cogs. they are round, thick, and seem to last forever. kinda heavy but worth the durability of a durable product.

    I feel like all these chainrings are the same. Raceface are cheap for a name-brand ring. I just put a "USA Made" ring on my bike. $20 from Amazon and it looks pretty good. it's nice and round and has an interesting "shark tooth" profile. only one ride on it so far.

    I also just took my Absolute Black 34t oval ring off and replaced it with a 32t ring, changing my gearing from 34/21 to 32/19. I don't know that I felt a huge difference between the oval and the round ring, to be honest.

    I have always used whatever 8-10 speed chain is available, with a quick link on it for easy removal for cleaning.
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    King cogs, KMC chains, Absolute Black round for direct mount, Wolftooth for 104 and 110 BCD spiders.

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    Absolute Black oval or Race Face Single narrow wide
    SRAM 8 speed chain
    Surly cogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal_jack View Post
    All that stuff is secondary, a good high POE hub and done. Just laced up an Onyx Ss hub, should qualify as a mind expanding drug.
    Wheewee, that's a pricey hub. Bet it's nice.

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    Thanks for all the great info. So far I ordered the kmc 10.93. Used to run and stretch sram 8 speeds, Just want to see the difference. Next is a surly cog because surly never lets me down. My last SS wheel had a surly flip flop and white freewheel. Bomber.

    Not set on a front ring yet. What is the benefit of narrow wide with SS?

    And Oval? Haven't seen that since biopace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edge View Post
    Not set on a front ring yet. What is the benefit of narrow wide with SS?

    And Oval? Haven't seen that since biopace.
    I don't see a real benefit of n-w on SS. most SS rings are being made with n-w design, so you don't have much choice unless you really want a ring with an odd number of teeth.

    Biopace... you're being facetious, right? or have you been living under a rock for the past two years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I don't see a real benefit of n-w on SS. most SS rings are being made with n-w design, so you don't have much choice unless you really want a ring with an odd number of teeth.

    Biopace... you're being facetious, right? or have you been living under a rock for the past two years?
    Ha, yeah. Pretty much under a rock of work. All this is new to me. Put it this way, my thru axle is a 20mm. Still scratching my head about why they're moving to 15.

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    time to start catching up- http://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/o...ed-932469.html

    basically, it's exactly like putting a 450cc engine on your mountain bike.

    "moving to 15mm"? that standard is half a decade old now. I don't know what to tell you about thru axles, but that's the way things are at present. you'll lose that battle if you fight it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Absolute Black oval chainrings are my favorite but I've used RF, Wolftooth with no complaints. Surly stainless would be my pick for non NW.

    KMC 8 speed chains are simple and cheap. I used to use Sram 8 speed chains but they stretch too much. I agree with avoiding SS specific chains.
    I agree, but no experience to recommend a cog, WI freewheel for me.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edge View Post
    Wheewee, that's a pricey hub. Bet it's nice.
    Not as much $ as CK though. Amazing stuff really, didn't think I'd notice the difference over my Hope SS/Trials or Hadley but it really stands out.
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    Really depends on how much you want to spend. For cogs I would suggest going steel or titanium, aluminum just wears too fast. Surly are cheap and heavy, King and Wolftooth make nice steel cogs for a reasonable price, and Niner makes a nice blingy titanium cog if you want to spend $$$. As for rings, lots of good options out there. And yes most will be narrow-wide these days, it's actually hard to find rings without that feature these days. No huge advantage for singlespeed, but it may last a bit longer. Wolftooth and Absolute black make good stuff for a reasonable price, both make oval rings as well if you want to give them a shot. If you are a big or abusive rider you could consider a steel chainring as well. You can even get oval steel from Wolftooth. Pricier up front, but cheaper in the long run as they will last many times longer than an aluminum ring. For chains, I've always used cheap SRAM 8 speed chains without issue.

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    I use a Dimension chainring. Made by QBP, aluminum, black, NOT n/w. Surly cogs forever. KMC z610 I believe. With a non narrow wide ring you can use one of them there fancy half links and slam that back wheel.

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    Niner Ti 20T cog
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    Surly chain ring and Chris King cog.
    CK cogs last longer than Surlys.

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    Renthal SR4
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    Chris king(long lasting $$$$)Have also used surly(great&cheep) wolftooth aluminum short lived.

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