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    what's available for good-old fashioned singlespeed chainrings?

    I'm putting some cranks with a 104 BCD on my singlespeed, and I'm having a hard time finding a plain-Jane singspleed rings for it. All the stuff I used to buy (Salsa, Spot) have been discontinued and most of the stuff I can find is either narrow-wide or ramped/pinned for shifting.

    What are the options out there these days if I'm running a 8-speed chain for singlespeed?
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    I just picked up a Raceface 32 Cranskset over the weekend @ Performance. Just a standard run-of-the-mill 104 chain ring. It's nothing special with regard to N-W, or anything. Mine was part of the crank set but they have to be out there, don't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishMan473 View Post
    I'm putting some cranks with a 104 BCD on my singlespeed, and I'm having a hard time finding a plain-Jane singspleed rings for it. All the stuff I used to buy (Salsa, Spot) have been discontinued and most of the stuff I can find is either narrow-wide or ramped/pinned for shifting.

    What are the options out there these days if I'm running a 8-speed chain for singlespeed?
    Surly Stainless single speed ring is still available.


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    Dimension. It's another Qbp company. I picked up a 32t black one this spring. No complaints.

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    Are you seeking an odd-number tooth ring? If not, what's wrong with N-W?

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    #1 I may or may not need to use a half-link to get proper tension.

    #2 I'm concerned a narrow-wide won't be as forgiving if I don't have perfect chain line.

    #3 Narrow-wide rings cost about twice as much as simpler chain rings.
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    Don't the Surly rings fold over, or did they fix that?

    I am running a Surly ring now, but its 5 bolt. Not sure I'd trust it, with the reputation they have, on a 4-bolt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishMan473 View Post
    Don't the Surly rings fold over, or did they fix that?

    I am running a Surly ring now, but its 5 bolt. Not sure I'd trust it, with the reputation they have, on a 4-bolt.
    I don't know about the 4 bolts or folding over, I have a 5-bolt as well and it's been bomb proof. YMMV.
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    I hear the Surly rings usually have issues when used without a bash. I've always used them on my cruisers/beer bikes, but never on a trail bike.

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    Thanks guys, I went with the Dimensions ring. Strange that now there's only Dimensions and Surly as options. Times they are a changin'
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    FSA and Blackspire still make them IIRC, I think maybe Renthal too? It's been a while since I looked, you'll have to check.
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    I've been running a 34t Blackspire Mono Veloce for about 6 months now like a dream with an KMC 8.99 chain. Simple, no pins and no N/W. I believe they have 32,33,34, and 36 tooth options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishMan473 View Post
    #1 I may or may not need to use a half-link to get proper tension.

    #2 I'm concerned a narrow-wide won't be as forgiving if I don't have perfect chain line.

    #3 Narrow-wide rings cost about twice as much as simpler chain rings.
    1. Fair enough, i have never needed a half-link. I chose a gear combo with a even-tooth front ring that works. 32- or 43-21 is good.

    2. Narrow-wide rings are used with 1x12 drivetrains! Chainline is far from perfect when you're pedaling in you 28/42 gear.

    3. I will have to look at prices. Seems worth it for a solid ring that is less likely to drop if you happen to lose chain tension.

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    I use a WI ENO hub, they can only take-up so much slack, so you gotta be pretty precise with the chain length. I've never dropped a chain since starting to use the ENO hubs about 15 years ago, so no need for a narrow-wide ring that will solve a problem I don't have.
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    I ran a Race Face narrow wide, replaced it with a blackspire, black spire is much heavier and I would go back to race face since nothing was gained other than weight.

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    Another upvote for the narrow wide. Just a little more security from dropped chains. Can be found for cheap on ebay, direct from the motherland (of parts).

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    The Renthal stuff has always been good. Answer is solid. Origin8 is pretty good for a house brand. There are a LOT of companies putting out what you're after.

    I used to swear by the salsa rings. Best wearing rings I owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    FSA and Blackspire still make them IIRC, I think maybe Renthal too? It's been a while since I looked, you'll have to check.
    I also was going to suggest Blackspire - awesome rings, long lasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    I also was going to suggest Blackspire - awesome rings, long lasting.
    I agree, my last two chainrings have been Blackspire and couldn't be happier, super impressed with machining and build quality.

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    +1 for Blackspire.

    MRP chainrings are also quite durable. I'm running a 104 BCD 4-bolt on one crankset and direct mount 6mm offset on another.
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    My Raceface NW seems to be wearing as well as past Surly chainrings maybe better, at clyde weight also.
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