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    Forget the big ring

    So, apparently one too many rides in rocky terrain (imagine that) has jacked up some of the teeth on my big ring. No worries, it's used about as much as big foot uses a razor. So, on that note, any bash guard recommendations?
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    If you want to go light, Spot makes a thin Al bashguard. If you want to bash, my Race Face guards have taken a beating. You'll notice a fraction of the hits with either after ditching the 44T chainring.

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    it'd be going on an AM bike, so weight is not the biggest concern here. lol I was looking at the RF or the FSA as I was window shopping.
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    I have a race face on my hardtail and a dangerboy on my squishy. The RF is good if you want light weight, the DB is good if you want durability (it's twice as thick).

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    Forget the dangerboy. They have been out of business for a while. (I did really like their products.) The race face is nice, darkcyles has some bling if you can find one, and MRP makes a nice carbon one if you want to save weight and spend extra money.

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    The DB is pretty sexy.

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    I have a 2010 Specialized Pitch Pro, and it has 22-32-44. I live in Savannah, GA so riding around town I use my big ring frequently for the speed. Since there are no trails I ride downtown and hop around on ledges and the big ring has paid the price. So, I want to be able to keep something close to a 44, but maybe bridge the gap between the bottom two and put a bashguard on. I just have the stock Shimano Deore crank on it. Anyone know ov any options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alarmed Mutant
    Anyone know of any options?
    An option
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    I am considering a change like this on my Fuel Ex I rarely see the large chain ring also. But I am also trying to decide if I want to make a change to a 24/36 setup at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by string
    So do MRP, Race Face, Girvin and Blackspire (also).

    I'm actually really liking the MRP and may get one for my new bike.

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    I have a RaceFace as well. Im running an Atlas AM 2x9 w/bash set up...Love it! I was looking into FSA also but felt everyone was running it and was looking for something great yet not as common. Plus I think they look a little more sick!
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    Straitline, be a shame not to bring them up.

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    I use straightline on both my bikes.can get them on ebay for a good price.
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    if you're destroying big rings while out riding, putting on a HD bash guard is just going to bend your spider/cranks *if* you're really that hard-core....

    i have seen so many people come thru the shop trying to justify buying a bash guard (i'm not saying you don't *need* one, just do it for FACTUAL reasons), when in reality they didn't see that their big chainring teeth were *not* all even and straight in the first place (shift ramps, and profiled teeth for ease of shifting anyone???)

    sure, you hit your big ring on a log or rock, but as tough as most chainrings are these days, the damage is negligible. again, meaning if you were hard enough to damage the ring, your spider was/is also bent, meaning a whole new crankset...

    now, all that being said, there is a HUGE advantage to be had in going with a 32/34 guard in that ground clearance gets a noticeable increase and strikes are greatly reduced, so yeah if you rarely use the big ring, replacing it with a thin/minimal (read: equal weight) outer will keep your chain from falling off and give you awesome ground clearance!!

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    ive thought about losing the 3rd ring as well. itd be lighter, less obtrusive for higher ground clearance and the teeth are beat up pretty good. i never use it. i used to bend teeth all the time on it when I lived in a rockier place, but probably only do once or twice a year now

    plus, a bashguard just looks cooler

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    I like the Race Face bashguard. I too rarely if ever use the big ring, so I went to a 2 ring with a Blackspire Stinger instead. I feel better not thinking if I crash, I could end up getting a bad laceration(s), from an exposed 44 tooth buzz saw.
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    buy local.... Anderson Machine

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    and the chain link is a bottle opener

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    Quote Originally Posted by motopail
    buy local.... Anderson Machine

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    and the chain link is a bottle opener

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    rofl

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    Uh what about just losing the 3d ring altogether and no bash guard at all...I see that all the time here in Dallas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALEV8
    Uh what about just losing the 3d ring altogether and no bash guard at all...I see that all the time here in Dallas.
    Dallas trail surfaces are "generally" a lot more forgiving than down in the SATX & ATX areas
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    My trail surface can beat up your trail surface!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALEV8
    My trail surface can beat up your trail surface!
    maybe, but it would be more nice about it
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    Joking. I think the 3d ring removed is cool, lighter weight ,etc. So you need to adjust the derailleur(s) travel I take it, so you keep your chain?

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