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    Recommendations for a light weight bash ring?

    Hi,

    I want to replace my big ring on my crankset with a bash ring to help with clearing logs, (my Blur's BB is low) but it seems that most of the bash rings are made for DH applications where durability is more an issue than weight. I don't mind adding a little weight, but what would be a good suggestion for replacing the 44-tooth ring that came stock on my LX cranks? ('02's I think, the blue-ish octalink model)

    Has anyone else replaced their big ring with a bash guard? How has it worked out?

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    I know that some people have simply used another chainring, +2t, with success. If you are running a 32t middle, just put a 34t ring on the outer.

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    Easy bash ring.

    Screw that, take a belt sander to your current big ring and grind off the teeth. It makes a decent bash ring AND saves weight. Sweeeeeeeeeeet.

    I want to replace my big ring on my crankset with a bash ring to help with clearing logs, (my Blur's BB is low) but it seems that most of the bash rings are made for DH applications where durability is more an issue than weight. I don't mind adding a little weight, but what would be a good suggestion for replacing the 44-tooth ring that came stock on my LX cranks? ('02's I think, the blue-ish octalink model)

    Has anyone else replaced their big ring with a bash guard? How has it worked out?[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friar
    Hi,

    I want to replace my big ring on my crankset with a bash ring to help with clearing logs, (my Blur's BB is low) but it seems that most of the bash rings are made for DH applications where durability is more an issue than weight. I don't mind adding a little weight, but what would be a good suggestion for replacing the 44-tooth ring that came stock on my LX cranks? ('02's I think, the blue-ish octalink model)

    Has anyone else replaced their big ring with a bash guard? How has it worked out?

    I put the raceface bashguard on my 03 XT's and its a little overkill for me, its really heavy compared to a chainring. I'm also thinking about moving to a 36t middle so I'll probably just shave my unused big ring down.

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    too many xc weenies

    wow i never seen so many xc weenies post about stuff they have no clue about, go with a lexon bash guard there beefy and light. E 13 makes the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friar
    Hi,

    I want to replace my big ring on my crankset with a bash ring to help with clearing logs, (my Blur's BB is low) but it seems that most of the bash rings are made for DH applications where durability is more an issue than weight. I don't mind adding a little weight, but what would be a good suggestion for replacing the 44-tooth ring that came stock on my LX cranks? ('02's I think, the blue-ish octalink model)

    Has anyone else replaced their big ring with a bash guard? How has it worked out?
    you could go with nothing at all. No big ring or bash guard will give you the most clearance. If you're only going over logs, not rocks, I don't think that would damage the middle ring even if it did hit. So what would the bash guard really be guarding? You'd just need to get a set of shorter chainring bolts (BMX style). FSA offers these in aluminum.

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    Or you could work on your technique so you go up and over the log without smashing your chainrings.

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    CoreRat

    Go to corerat.com. I run one on my Titus LocoMoto and it has taken some big hits. It is also among the lightest out there.

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    Where's the love???

    WOW!!! - Has this new format angered people that much?!?!

    Remember what Rodney King said: Ouch! ouch! ouch!

    akbansheerider refers to those who were kind enough to respond to my question as "weenies"?!?! ...Hey! wait a minute, what is a big tough, macho DH'er like you doing in the Save some weight board? That's like cruising the gay-porn sites just to make fun of them for being gay ("not that there's anything wrong with that"). I think we better check your bike for any titanium/carbon fiber or any other light weight components. While we're at it...let's check your Mp3 player...if there's any Barbara Streisand or Broadway showtunes in your collection you may have some issues you need to work out("not that there's anything wrong with that"). However, he did answer my question with a great suggestion - thanks!!!

    Homebrew has taken a different approach, and found the answer to a question I didn't even ask!!! (yet obviously should have) Thank you for your brutal honesty! However, I am presently working on my cornering technique so that I can get rid of my unnessesary brake systems, thereby saving weight and preventing anything from slowing me down. It's people like you that I blame for my adversion to battling against gravity. Your participation in the production of beer has made the task of lofting my bike, even a few cm's, a futile exercise. You and the entire brewing industry have been "enablers" in my battle against fattassery!

    Thanks for listening to my ranting, I'm really grateful that anyone responded. I hope I didn't offend you 2 guys, I just gotta mess with somebody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friar
    Thanks for listening to my ranting, I'm really grateful that anyone responded. I hope I didn't offend you 2 guys, I just gotta mess with somebody.
    I don't they even know what you're ranting about. I'm not too sure myself. Haven't you ever heard the endearing term "weight weenie" before? It gets thrown around here a lot. There's no shame...bask in the glory of your weight weenieness as your light bike and beergutless body fly by others on the trail. Or something like that.

    They're both right though. Lofting your bike over logs so you don't hit all but the biggest ones can mitigate your need for a bashguard to begin with, and get a real bashguard for the ones you do have to hit. A light chainring is next to useless IMO, it will just bend, crack and break. I need a bashguard myself because I lack this technique, but I have friends that can J-hop over huge logs without ever touching their bashguard, whereas I rely on it to slide over.

    You could also follow VT Mike's advice if you are set on saving weight in this instance. As long as you keep the chain on the middle ring, you should be fine if it's just logs you're hitting. That will give you even more clearance, and the middle ring is harder to bend than the big ring.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Well lets see where to start, oh yea I always check the new posts to see if i can help the less fortunate. I would never actually go into the save some weight forum considering my scream weights a mear 55lbs. and what the hell is this carbon fiber and titanium stuff you speak of? well hope I helped your cause. oh bu the way good response

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    Just trying to help you (and the poor logs) out for the long run. Good luck with the no-brakes biking.

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