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    XTR 970 SS setup

    How many are running an XTR 970 with a single ring? Please post pics if you've got 'em!

    I just picked up a 970 crankset and am having a hard time deciding on what chainring to go with. Currently leaning towards a blackspire, but not sure if there are better options. Anybody prefer rings aside from the blackspires, or have anything against them?

    Also, I assume I need to pick up the TL-FC35 tool?

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    they make great SS cranks, i've sold quite a few rings for them. Blackspire is a decent ring as well if you decide to go with them.

    As for the tool, you do need it as far as i can tell, along with a standard BB removal tool for external bearing cranks.

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    The TL-FC35 is needed to remove the cranks. They run around $40.

    If you are ordering this tool you might as well get the TL-FC17 at the same time. This is the preload adjusting tool and runs about $2. Some might say you don't need it because the preload nut can be hand tightened but believe me there will be a time you need it and you will be glad you spent the two bucks.

    On the chainring, I am neutral on the Blackspire. I have one and I think it is a bit out of round. My next chainring will be from Homebrewed Components.

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    I'm running the XTR M970 SS. It's great. I have the Yumeya crankbolt too. Get a ISAR chainring. Otherwise blackspire is just fine.

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    I plan to get in touch with ISAR about a ring, depending on ETA I may just pick up another of a different size.

    Anyone have feedback on the e-thirteen guide rings? I'm planning to run the crank without a guide or bash ring. They appear to be made of fairly thick aluminum, guessing they're fairly tough?

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    I'm running an E-Thirteen guidering on my M970 crankset on my 4X bike, and it works great. Granted, I'm running an LG1+ chainguide, so I can't tell you how well it can take impacts, but I haven't had any issues with abnormal wear or anything.

    They're stiff and fairly light, too.

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    XTR970 and Homebrewed

    Photo's of a couple 970 cranks both with Homebrewed 32t unfinished Al rings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy8
    Photo's of a couple 970 cranks both with Homebrewed 32t unfinished Al rings.
    My chainrings look so naked without anodizing or ceramic coating. I told them not to take nude pics because they always end up on the interwebs! Just ask Paris Hilton.
    Nice job on the cranks... is the first 970 just polished, or is that chromex?

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    I'm running 34t Blackspire ring on my IF Ti Deluxe w/970 crank. Very happy with it so far. Btw, I like to use little nylon plugs to fill the holes left in the hollow forging. Keeps mud and other stuff out and looks good too. Plus they are pretty easy to remove.
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    Naked Rings=Bike Porn

    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    My chainrings look so naked without anodizing or ceramic coating. I told them not to take nude pics because they always end up on the interwebs! Just ask Paris Hilton.
    Nice job on the cranks... is the first 970 just polished, or is that chromex?
    Thanks ISAR, the dark gray metallic is Tungsten ceramic the other set has Jet Black with a polished face. These 970 make good SS cranks, light and strong. The tungsten arms get one of your bash guards. I'll post a pic when I get it put together.

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