Made in Portland, Oregon USA. This is a light weight but strong bashguard that is designed to replace the big ring on your mountain or cyclocross cranks or you can cover the big ring. All bashguards are made from the same 5000 series 1/8 inch thick aluminum (except the superlights which are 1/16 inch thick) and are all anodized and laser etched for durability. It works great for single speeds, cross country and all mountain riding. They can also be used for freeriding and downhilling. The 104 32T weighs just 58 grams which is alot lighter than the 5 ounce freeride type. This product has been tested over boulders and rocks for over four years now and we have not been able to bend or break one yet.
Strengths: Bullet proof, super easy install, looks clean, price is right!
Weaknesses: None so far
After reading the reviews I decided to pull the trigger on this bash guard to replace the big ring on my Shimano M552 crankset. The install was easy.... remove the 44T big-ring and replace it with this bash guard. I have SXT shifters made for three up front, but all I did was screw the high limit screw in all the way so the derailleur can't go past the middle ring. Works like a champ! Cleans up the crankset a ton, and I never used the big-ring on my previous set-up. Best MTB purchase I've made in a long time.
Strengths: Light weight
I haven't needed customer service, but I hear it is great.
Easy to install.
Gained 2" clearance compared to the 44t ring it replaced.
No more chainring blood tatoos on my calf.
Weaknesses: It's not ugly enough to scare off thieves.
I haven't bashed it on any rocks yet, but it stands up to log strikes great. Because of the extra clearance I gained by replacing the 44t ring, I hit fewer logs, but when I do I still clear them well. Replacement of the 44t ring was easy from a Sram X7 3x10. Since the BBG was roughly the same thickness as the ring, I was able to reuse the existing chainring bolts. This wouldn't have been possible with the thicker, more expensive steel or plastic bashguards. The only derailleur adjustment necessary was turning in the front high-limit screw. I'll eventually move the front derailler lower on the seat tube, but it works OK for now in the original position.
Been running a bashwich 1x9 for about 2 years, never lost a chain, and I can't imagine anything that would work better, especially for the low cost.
Got a new bike coming, it will be converted to 1x10 as soon as I get it, with the standard drilled one on the outside and a superlight on the inside.
Strengths: does exactly what it claims. Protects your chainring(s)
I run the bashwich. Using the oval outer ring and a 64 BCD inner. Works great! With a blackspire 32t SS chainring in the middle position. Haven't lost a chain since I've gone to this set up on my 1x8. Even on rough rooty decents. I hear the chain bouncin all over the place, but it never falls off. If you use the bashwich as a chainguide it WILL work, period! Just make sure you have the correct length of chain and you'll be fine.
As far as durability of the bashguard itself? It's basically bomb proof as others have said. Only problem I ever had was when a small stick got pulled in between the inner bash and my chainring. It bent the inner bash just a little and just enough that it barely rubbed the chainstay. Laterally the superlight at least isn't very good. It was easily bent back straight however. I knew the twig was there but I kept pedaling anyway. So it was my fault. But hitting something like a log or rock head on is fine. The paint will be chipped off where you hit, but your chain and ring will be unscathed!
If your considering running 1xwhatever I'd recommend this as a chain guide/guard. Has a nice clean appearance and works great! Only reason it was so expensive is because I had to have the oval cut for the outer bash.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 8, 2012
Strengths: easy to install, lightweight, made in usa, quick delivery, simple, custom looking, i think i am the only one who has it in the philippines, cheap, compared to the other made in taiwan or china plastics.
Great customer service, delivery was fast took only a month for it to reach my mailbox.
Bashwich is the way to go, tried bash and jumpstop setup which was fine until i switched to bashwich will never go back. Not saying that jumpstop will not work it was fine for most of the time and i never dropped a chain. But bash wich made my bike looked more awesome. And i think i am the only one who has it here in thephilippines.
Similar Products Used: Shimano bashguard (weighs a ton)
Bike Setup: Niner rip 9, 1x10 setup, bbg bashwich 32tdrilled and 64 bcd inner guard installed on race face turbine single 32t chainring cranks.
Fox 32 talas 29 terralogic fork, hope hubs, velocity p35 rims, all slx drivetrain and brakes, kmc x10sl ti coated chain.
a Cross Country Rider
from Orlando, FL, US
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2012
Strengths: Looks great! adds a custom look, adds more clearance, makes it a lot easier to go over logs, rocks, etc. makes it a whole lot harder to get sliced by a chainring (I have gotten a pretty nasty cut before I switched). Oh yeah, and it makes it just about impossible to drop a chain on the outside.
Weaknesses: Might could use a teeny bit more offset as the guard has been slightly rubbed by the chain, but I think it is more because of the chainring I have. Either way, no big deal
I just recently went "ghetto" 2x9 with this bashguard instead of a third chainring, and I absolutely love the setup! I got this in blue and it looks great on my bike, I think the drilled holes really give it a simple, yet rugged look. I have only taken it over a log or two, but I am pretty confident that it is going to hold up. I have not been using it for very long and it has already been rubbed a little by the chain, but it is meant to get beat up anyway so who cares. The price is great, it ships really fast, it is made in the US! what else could you want. He also offers a lot of different styles and sizes for your needs. His customer service is great. I asked him if he could send me his darkest blue BG (because the anodizing varies slightly from batch to batch) so it would match my bike better, and he was like "sure, no problem." I wouldn't mind it being a little darker, but it matches pretty well, so I am happy. I was a little reluctant to convert to 2x9, thinking that I might miss my 3rd chainring for the occasional use like on pavement, but overall am really glad I switched (I especially do not miss getting the back of my leg sliced) .If you have thought of going 2x9, I would definitely recommend doing so and getting this bashguard.
Bike Setup: 2005 Giant NRS C2, Fox Float 80 RL fork, Fox Float R, Easton EA70 Monkeybar, FSA 110mm stem, Avid Juicy 7's, Avid 160 rotors, a "ghetto" 2x9 drivetrain with BBG bashguard, SRAM X0 rear derailleur, SRAM X7 shifters, Shimano Deore LX front derailleur, SRAM PG-980 cassette, Raceface Deus XC cranks, Crankbrothers Eggbeaters 1 pedals, Mavic 317 wheels, Kenda Nevegals 26x2.1
a All Mountain Rider
from Redwood City, CA
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2012
Strengths: I ordered the 104-32 that isn't drilled. This thing is super light and bomb proof with a hard as hell anodized finish. I think it only weighs around 53 grams. Not your average lexan piece of junk. It's a very simple design that looks awesome. BUILT IN THE U.S.A! Very quick delivery (took a couple of days). Thinking about swapping out my 32T ring for a 34. I'll just grab another one of these bad boys for $18. Oh yea, lifetime warranty.
Weaknesses: Weakness? Nope.
Decided to drop the big ring since the trails here in the Bay Area have some serious climbs. Not worried about the rockier sections of trail, or the giant exposed redwood roots covered in chainring scars. Also not running the risk of my big 44T ring biting my leg anymore. Why buy overpriced Chinese stuff when you can get one of these directly from the dude who makes them up in Oregon?
Bike Setup: Ventana El Ciclon (USA), Thompson, Shimano XT, DT Swiss hoops, King Headset, Fox RP23 shock, Rockshox Sektor U-Turn fork, Monkeylite carbon bar...
a Weekend Warrior
from Chardon Ohio
Date Reviewed: December 9, 2011
Strengths: Strong, appropriately priced for a plate of aluminium cut and drilled, fits perfect. Made in USA!
Weaknesses: Absolutely nothing
Perfect bash ring. Strong simple and affordable. Made in Portland. Why would anybody ever pay 40+ dollars for a part made in China, out of plastic designed to be smashed into rocks?? I LOVE my BBG bash ring. If I could give it 10 flaming chillis I would! Thank you Erin for your great customer service. Shipping immediately.
Bike Setup: 2011 Giant Trance x Replaced my large ring with the BBG to run a shorter chain, and 20 speeds.
a Cross Country Rider
from Circleville, Ohio, United States
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2011
Strengths: Awesome quality, awesome price, awesome service. I've had 4 of these guards and my only mistake is that I've forgotten to take them off of the bikes that they were on before I sold them! Atleast maybe I'm helping get the word out!
Weaknesses: Absolutely none.
You won't find a better bash guard for a better price! These things are bomb proof!!
Bike Setup: 2010 Giant Reign 2, 2010 Giant Trance x4, 2005 Santa Cruz Heckler, 2009 Iron Horse 6.6
a Weekend Warrior
from Burlington, NC, USA
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2011
Strengths: Price ($18 includes shipping in US), machining and finish are excellent, fits my XT cranks with no issues. I have the drilled guards and they look great on my bikes.
I found BBG on an mtbr.com forum. I am fortunate that I did so. It feels great to support a cyclist who provides an excellent product at a very reasonable price. And then ships it out super-quick. This is win-win to me. Thanks Erin!
Bike Setup: Niner RIP 9 2x9 XT and Soul Cycles Dillinger 1x9 XT
a Cross Country Rider
from Eugene, Oregon, USA
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2011
Strengths: I have two of Erin's wonderful bashguards and a third one on the way. First thing I want to point out is Erin is a pleasure to deal with and he sends the product off FAST (got mine the next day, although it's only a 100mile drive from Portland to here).
Next I should point out the regular old, non drilled out bashguard I have been primarily using is working well. I had it on my 1x9 XC bike, which I ride more as a AM bike and it's lasted a lot. I do some moderate drops, some jumping and rail through everything (rocks, roots, etc) and there is only a slight cosmetic blemish on my ring from really cracking into a larger rock. The bashguard is still straight.
My superlight, drilled bashguard I have is not subjected to such torture and I don't imagine could take as many beatings. I would more or less rate this one as a chainkeeper. Looks pretty though!
Erin makes an inner bashguard to replace your granny gear (albet only for 32t chainrings) and a number of outers, meaning a bashwich (bashguards on the inside and outside) is very much an easy option for those who'd like to try out a 1 x X set-up. Classier than a traditional chainkeeper in my opinion.
A few of my buddies who play bike polo ordered these bashguards as well and have been more than happy with them. Polo is a pretty brutal sport on rings and the like, so this is definitely a show and tell of the bashguards' strength.
Weaknesses: Metal seems a bit soft, but still strong enough in thicker sizes.
Strengths: I can say this product is BOMB proof! I have already ran it threw the worst trail ever, and i climbed over a boulder, in the streets.. Bashguard was perfectly fine.
For the price, compared to other brands, BBG has my money. Not to mention, it is made in the good old USA, and price for the bashguard itself is great.
Weaknesses: None i have found, and I am generally a stickler for weaknesses...
Okay, maybe the only weakness was that the pictures on the website do not show how great these bashguards are.
For the price, and durability, BBG has you covered. Their bashguards are awesome. I'd like to call this the cheapest insurance you'll ever find. $18, for a bash guard, that not only protects your chainrings, but also adds a "custom" look and feel to the bike. Not to mention, most bashguards on the market are severely market up in the $30+ range, and sometimes manufactered in foreign countries.
a Cross Country Rider
from Frisco, TX
Date Reviewed: September 27, 2011
Strengths: Very nice quality and finish.
Weaknesses: None that I can tell.
I run a 1x8 setup on my bike and had been using a plastic bashguard and an N-Gear Jump Stop. That setup worked well but I still dropped my chain when the Jump Stop got out of whack. To replace them, I bought the 32T 104 BCD Oval bash guard for the outside and the 64 BCD superlight for the inside of my crankset. It looks great and performs even better. I've tried my best (riding uphill, hard, over rooty sections) and it hasn't dropped once. Search around on the forums and you'll find several happy customers using the "BBG Bashwich" setup (including me). :-)
I wanted to take off my 44 tooth big ring that I never used while actually mountain biking and did nothing except land on rocks, get stuck in logs, or tear the crap out of my calf. I put this on and it was super easy to set up and try out. I just needed to put this on and adjust my FD. It looks sharp, and feels solid. The website claims that they have been used for over 5 years and haven't had one bend or break yet. I can't wait to try it out on mountain bike trails. I'm also pretty excited about the extra clearance that I am going to get.