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    Lightest Chainrings

    i want to change my rings

    94 mm BCD , 5 arms

    i have a 2008 SL Cannondale crankset

    which are the LIGHTEST 44 or 42 and 29 T rings ?

    not only carbon as road bike

    i use my bike everyday riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliflap
    not only carbon as road bike

    i use my bike everyday riding
    You should use this as your signature now...

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    it's normal i remark it , after 100 post whee everyone tells it's only a watch-on-wall bike ...

    some tips ?

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    42t + 29t: 68g

    42 Sugino Supershifter, shaved: 49g (was 65g)
    29 from mmm: 19g
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    but in this case , i can do a shaving on stock rings ... or not ?

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    Nino, how about some useful insight, like rings someone can actually purchase. He also said he uses his bike almost everyday, that shaved ring of yours is foolish!

    Eli,, Specialties TA makes light rings, available in many sizes.
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    Here you go Eli, get it before I do.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SUGINO-Super-Shi...2em118Q2el1247
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    well....

    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter
    Nino, how about some useful insight, like rings someone can actually purchase. He also said he uses his bike almost everyday, that shaved ring of yours is foolish!

    Eli,, Specialties TA makes light rings, available in many sizes.
    just a reminder:
    those Suginos came standard on Specialized S-Works Bikes around 1998 so rest assured they are shifting great!

    and i do ride my bike also everyday so rest assured these rings perform and last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nino
    you can still get the 42t Suginos and mmm as well (have a look at my signature below...). and in case you want a tuned Sugino i also know where to get these
    just a reminder:
    those Suginos came standard on Specialized S-Works Bikes around 1998 so rest assured they are shifting great!

    and i do ride my bike also everyday so rest assured these rings perform and last.
    I take it your big ring never comes in contact with logs, rocks??
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    well...

    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter
    I take it your big ring never comes in contact with logs, rocks??
    i am a capable rider and don't hit many logs and rocks head on with my chainrings. if you do a Rockring is what you need, not a light one

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    Quote Originally Posted by nino
    i am a capable rider and don't hit many logs and rocks head on with my chainrings. if you do a Rockring is what you need, not a light one
    Capable rider or not, with a ring like that, I'd be worried about it simply folding under power, the supershifter rings are pretty soft to start, once your remove all that metal, it turns into a show piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter
    Capable rider or not, with a ring like that, I'd be worried about it simply folding under power, the supershifter rings are pretty soft to start, once your remove all that metal, it turns into a show piece.
    they are not soft.at least they last for very long under crosscountry usage. i don't know what you do with your rings but smashing rocks is not what i intend to do with them. no showpiece. they serve me well since 1997.that's when i got them first on my S-Works hardtail and i'm using these eversince.

    needless to say you can still leave some more meat on them....just shave as much as you feel safe. i have no problems with my 49g ring but it sure is on the limit. the 53g i show below is already on the safer side.
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    I've used the SS rings plenty, they wear like most rings, nothing special about them, except their weight, @ 65 grams stock for a 42t, they're svelte. I have a couple rings left, sold a few to Axis.

    Was purely speculating on that 49g ring you shaved down, there's no material left, it looks extremely weak! The 53g ring looks a bit more usable.
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    First thing that comes to my mind is Carbon-Ti 42 tooth at 52 grams.

    I can attest that these rings are durable but I'm not clawing over rocks and logs. Ti toothed ones like in the picture are readily available in your bcd. A lighter option would be the same version but with aluminum teeth but I havn't seen them anywhere.

    Here's a pic nino took. The 32t Carbon Ti weighs around 33 grams iirc which is a really good weight even compared to Al middle rings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slobberdoggy
    First thing that comes to my mind is Carbon-Ti 42 tooth at 52 grams.

    I can attest that these rings are durable but I'm not clawing over rocks and logs. Ti toothed ones like in the picture are readily available in your bcd. A lighter option would be the same version but with aluminum teeth but I havn't seen them anywhere.

    Here's a pic nino took. The 32t Carbon Ti weighs around 33 grams iirc which is a really good weight even compared to Al middle rings.
    correct - BUT the Carbon-Ti you show above was of the very first generation.later versions got heavier as the pics below demonstrate....and if we talk about the prices of these rings people get unconsious.

    i had ALL kinds of those rings on my scale but if asked always tell people to get aluminium rings and do some shaving as you easily can match these weights while saving tons of cash. they sure look nice but i personally don't like to pay as much just for pure cosmetic reasons.


    pictured below:
    44t: 71g
    42t: 60g
    32t:37g
    22t: 22g
    set of 44/32/22: 130g
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    comstics...

    but just to show how such a set can look like...such a set with Storck Powerarms weighs ca. 460g

    less than half the price for the set below with some shaved Token chainrings.about 700$ saved!
    and the Tokens are a far cry from beeing lightweight even in the tuned version (120g/set of 44/32/22)
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    contacted MMM

    29 not on stock

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    boone titanium is closed to order .

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter
    Here you go Eli, get it before I do.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SUGINO-Super-Shi...2em118Q2el1247

    it's a closed auction ...

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    TA Specialite...

    Quote Originally Posted by eliflap
    contacted MMM

    29 not on stock
    so once again get a standard ring like TA Specialite a shave it. easly done and fun as well.

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    I┤ve shaved my Sugino chainrings, they did out at about 47 grams, if I remember.
    But they are a little soft at hammering on bigring.
    But price/weight ratio , they are hard to beat.

    29T chainring, I did a steel version at a low weight, I should get Ti sheets soon and make sub 20 grams rings soon I hope.

    6al4V titanium is nearly 2 times as strong as my test 29T and they did out good I think.
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    Well, the TA's weigh 9 grams less apparently but are less durable than the Carbon-Ti (teeth are titanium).

    If anyone is good at shaving then by all means save money, have a little lighter ring with less durability that looks strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliflap
    it's a closed auction ...
    You need a better trigger finger.

    Here's another auction, seller has 4 of them.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NOS-Sugino-Chain...ayphotohosting
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter
    Here's another auction, seller has 4 of them.
    He's down to 1 now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlownCivic
    He's down to 1 now.

    I should get some damn finders fee
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slobberdoggy

    Here's a pic nino took. The 32t Carbon Ti weighs around 33 grams iirc which is a really good weight even compared to Al middle rings.
    How can I obtain these rings using my credit card/cash, internet, and/or phone? How much would a set of rings like these cost. I have an FSA crankset that is crying for these.
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