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    RaceFace No Longer Makes SS Specific Rings?

    I could not for the life of me find a Raceface SS ring chain ring to replace my current one. All the seem to make is NW ones now. NW is superfluous IMO for SS.

    I did find a non NW ring on eBay that I bought. Its says "Single" on it, but not single speed. It actually stamped 9,10 sp and is no way as burly as my old one. its 20 grams lighter. Too bad.

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    nope, I tried looking for one last summer and came up empty. The good news is Absolute Black ovals are excellent for SS. I quickly forgot about my desire for a RF SS chainring.
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    Why does it have to be Race Face? And what's wrong with running a narrow-wide chainring?

    There are still plenty of single speed options out there if you want a 104BCD by 32 teeth. Blackspire, for instance.

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    I'll second AB. Oval rules. Wolftooth makes a spider / CR that's very nice too.

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    Narrow/wide FTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Narrow/wide FTW.
    just another "reason" to charge more for rings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmctav23 View Post
    just another "reason" to charge more for rings...
    Funny thing is, my first narrow/wide ring purchase was actually much cheaper than buying a replacement ring for the crankset I had at the time. Now 3 of the 5 mtb's in my garage have N/W rings on them and I'm happy to pay for them, because I've compared them to other rings, and frankly, there's not that much cost difference in it.

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    I agree there are alternatives. Blackspire, Surly stainless, Renthal? none of those come in blingy colors though.

    Edit: also Sugino, Dimension
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    Blackspire mono veloce rings are great.

    That said, with the prevalence of narrow wide rings now, you can't be afraid of using them. People need to adapt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkers View Post
    Blackspire mono veloce rings are great.

    That said, with the prevalence of narrow wide rings now, you can't be afraid of using them. People need to adapt.
    I have them on my geared bike. Seems pointless for SS. I wanted something stronger. I'll look into other brands next time around.
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    If you want strong get a stainless ring from Wolftooth. Elliptical rings are much better than round for singlespeed, as the power distribution is more even and there's less chance of spinning the rear tire when standing. Narrow wide is better even if unnecessary because the teeth wear better (aluminum) and they tend to push more grime out of the chain and keep things slightly cleaner. Embrace the now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Widgeontrail View Post
    I have them on my geared bike. Seems pointless for SS. I wanted something stronger. I'll look into other brands next time around.
    They are indeed pointless for ss in my opinion. However since that's where the industry has gone, that's where the good stuff will be (strength, weight, quality, etc.) Since that's where manufacturers are investing their time.

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    I just ordered up a Dimension 32t 104bcd dedicated single speed chainring from the local shop. We will see how it stands up. It sucks everything is N/W these days. I like the option of running a half link to slam the back wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Widgeontrail View Post
    I could not for the life of me find a Raceface SS ring chain ring to replace my current one. All the seem to make is NW ones now. NW is superfluous IMO for SS.

    I did find a non NW ring on eBay that I bought. Its says "Single" on it, but not single speed. It actually stamped 9,10 sp and is no way as burly as my old one. its 20 grams lighter. Too bad.

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    I use the Raceface N/Ws on mine, I think they wear better but I have this older Raceface 104/32t wierd thing is not completely anodized to the teeth. I was going to throw on ebay PM if you're interested for cheaps.
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    if it holds the chain on, who cares if it says SS or NW.
    I run AB on my SS
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    Pretty much. I used non-ramped SS rings when I started but now I just get NW and really haven't noticed a difference. I have the new Wolf Tooth oval ring and will try that next.
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    No experience with Race Face rings, but I've been super happy with the Chromag Clocker on both my single speed and 1x10 geared bikes. Chromag lists them as being for SS, and 1x10/11 applications. They're also reasonably inexpensive compared with other options out there.

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    What's wrong with a NW ring? I have not had a "regular" SS ring on my bike for years. If anything, they are probably more likely to hold your chain in the event of your chain tesion loosening up.

    Chains made from all half-links SUCK but i can see the use of running a single half-link. Not a deal breaker for me though.

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    Funny thing is, I swapped my chain ring because I put a new chain on and the drivetrain was grinding. I figured my aluminum chain ring would wear out before my steel Surly 17t cog. Not true. I put the new ring on and it was still grinding. So, I had to replace the cog too.

    It's pretty nice that you can replace your whole drivetrain for under $100.
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    e*thirteen still makes standard SS rings like RaceFace, but I've moved to only using NW rings, which will hold your chain even if you loose tension or your chain is deflected for whatever reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent701 View Post
    if it holds the chain on, who cares if it says SS or NW.
    I run AB on my SS
    I 100% agree for SS. Maybe I'll put some fancy ring on the race bike for bling but the daily ride gets whatever is cheapest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Widgeontrail View Post
    I could not for the life of me find a Raceface SS ring chain ring to replace my current one. All the seem to make is NW ones now. NW is superfluous IMO for SS.

    I did find a non NW ring on eBay that I bought. Its says "Single" on it, but not single speed. It actually stamped 9,10 sp and is no way as burly as my old one. its 20 grams lighter. Too bad.

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    Are you still looking? I am sure I have a 32T blackspire single ring I could give you. Just pay shipping.

    Send me a PM if so. I can look in my parts bin after work.

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    I have a red RF ss 32T from a crankset for the wife's bike that now is 9spd triple, mounted but never a chain. Apparently I need to post it for.... 1 million dollars muuhaha!

    Seriously though, there are options out there even if you can't swap for same. I've used Surly and currently run an Oval. Nothing the matter with NW and there's really not enough difference in chainstay length to use a half link, at least for me and my preferred gearing.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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