Blackspire XC Guard Chain Accessories

4.9/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 305 grams


Product Description

Blackspire XC Guards are 305g's of rock crackin' heavy metal! Made to protect the BIG RING from hazardous riding conditions and available in 5 BCD's, this is the ultimate chainring protector out there! The big ring protector is mounted on the outside to cover all three rings.

Covers: 94/104/5 bolt
Sugino - 42-44t 110/112 - 46-48t


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RichBRAT a Weekend Warrior from Madison, IN USA

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2008

Strengths:    Strong and easy to install. Effective protection.

Weaknesses:    Weight, but Blackspire has lots of other models, including some that weigh way less.

Bottom Line:   
I'm not the burliest rider and I don't ride the burliest trails, but I encounter lots of obstacles as I travel around to various trails. I don't want to have to get off and lift my bike over big rocks and logs for fear of ruining my big 'ring. The Blackspire Big Ring Protector does a great job of protecting my big 'ring. It isn't a lightweight part, although Blackspire offers other models that weigh less. And it isn't a cheap part, although it's cheaper than a bunch of replacement chainrings. Read the full review at www.BigRingAdventure in the Gear section.

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Favorite Trail:   Brown County State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Mfr's online clearan

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   2006 Kona Dawg Primo, 5" both ends, mostly stock because it's hard to improve on perfection.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William P. a Weekend Warrior from Newfoundland, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2006

Strengths:    Everything about it!

Weaknesses:    (none)

Bottom Line:   
Buy one of these and you will save about $1 Billion in gears!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt jumps!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Can't Remember!

Similar Products Used:   (none)

Bike Setup:   2006 Specialized Hardrock Comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Holt, Michigan, USA

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2005

Strengths:    It's really strong!!!!

Weaknesses:    It is a little heavy, adds some weight. Also it does have trouble fitting over some crank arms, check with blackspire direct about fitment issues, they are a great help.

Bottom Line:   
Great product if you ride in areas that have rocks and logs and you would like to keep your top ring. I have been using it for just over a year and have smacked it into some rocks, logs, etc. and still have my top ring intact. Bottom line if you can handle a little extra weight its a great product.

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Favorite Trail:   Burchfield Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   internet

Similar Products Used:   Nothing

Bike Setup:   04' Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc, LX front derailluer, Race Face Good & Evil grips, WTB lazer saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Ashburn, VA

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2004

Strengths:    Solid manufacturing, perfect fit & protects the large ring instead of replacing it. Keeps my pants from getting chewed up and is effective at protecting the chain rings.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Perfect for what I need. I was tired of having to use rubber bands to tie my pants down and this ring guard is just what the dr ordered. Webcyclery was great to deal with and got the guard within a few days. Installed super easy without taking apart the crank with no modifications and as an added bonus will help protect the rings from logs, stumps and your average dings and bangs. Worth every penny.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $46.00

Purchased At:   Webcyclery.com

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   2003 K2 ZED 4.0 stock with the exception of the XC ring guard and Koobi Classic SI saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by D. McNeill a Weekend Warrior from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2003

Strengths:    Peace of mind while riding through technical rock gardens and over logs.

Weaknesses:    It needed a little bit of grinding to make it fit.
Weight?


Bottom Line:   
This thing has taken some huge hits while riding through rock gardens but it's still going strong. Without it I'd need new chainrings for sure.
It took a little bit of grinding to get it to fit around the TruVative crank arms on my bike but it was easy to do and well worth the effort.
If you're sick of bending up perfectly good chainrings then get one of these. You won't be sorry.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Treadlies

Similar Products Used:   Nada

Bike Setup:   '03 Haro Escape 8.2 w/ '03 Z1 Drop Offs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel a Weekend Warrior from Jefferson, NY

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2003

Strengths:    Looks great, works great and it "fits" great.

Weaknesses:    Smooth edge on outside rim has no teeth to grip logs.

Bottom Line:   
Others below indicated some problems with installation. I have the stock Shimano LX crankset and had zero problems with installation. Basically, if fit perfect and was easy to install. It allows me to keep the big ring and to protect it from rocks and logs. How it would work for someone using it to freeride or trials....I don't know. For my trail bike, it's perfect.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $26.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   GT XCR 1500, stock with the disc brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MARK a Weekend Warrior from R.I.

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2002

Strengths:    IT WORKS AND IT LOOKS TOO

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
SMACK IT INTO A LOG AND KEEP PEDALING,YOU GO OVER LOG AND HAVE ALL THE TEETH ON CHAINRING.IF ITS TOO HEAVY FOR WEIGHT WEENIES DONT GET ONE.IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS ITS NOT REAL EXPENSIVE AND WHAT YOU SAVE ON CHAIN RINGS MORE THAN PAYS FOR ITSELF THE FIRST TIME YOU WHACK THIS ON SOMETHING,LOOK DOWN FOR THE DAMAGE REPORT AND LAUGH CAUSE NOTHING BROKE.

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Favorite Trail:   ANYTHING WITH ROOTS ROCKS AND LOGS

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Bike Setup:   GT XCR 2000 AND A NEW SANTA CRUZ BULLITT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SGT. ROCK a Racer from Edmonton, AB

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2002

Strengths:    It's Canadian, eh!
Strong, strong, strong
Looks b!itchin'


Weaknesses:    Hard to install
Heavy (350 grams)


Bottom Line:   
My Launch came equipped with a RaceFace Prodigy DH crank with a 22-32-bash guard setup. I replaced the bashguard with a 44T ring for downhilling, but was concerned about the lifespan of the XC ring in gravity mode. Found this Blackspire XC guard at the local Mountain Equipment Co-op. Now my crank is impervious to rocks, logs, small dogs, etc.

Installation was difficult, took over 30 minutes,and I'm a whiz with a wrench. Very tight fit on the Prodigy crankarm - it looked like grinding was in order, but eventually it fit without any mods.

This thing is very heavy; your crank feels like a boat anchor when you pull it off the bike. The price you pay for protection, I guess.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   Raceface bashguard

Bike Setup:   2002 Norco Launch

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mekon a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2002

Strengths:    Pretty tough, just look at the thing, it's phat

Weaknesses:    Unfortunately didn't fit around my cranks so had to be grinded a few mill.

Bottom Line:   
First run out i did smash it on a rock and although it did flat spot in a small area I'm sure it coulda been a lot more nasty. Although probably not as useful as a bashguard it does the job and does protect all rings.
Bit on the dear side down here but hey our economy sux!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   phantomcycles.com.au

Bike Setup:   2002 Giant AC2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a Cross Country Rider from Princeton, NJ USA

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

Strengths:    This product is awsome. It's strong as hell. Allows you to ride on and/or over anything in your path with complete confidence and abandon without having to worry about damaging your big ring. Go ahead, bash it on rocks, logs, concrete, etc., you'll be lucky to scratch it. Along with the quality and durability of this product, it looks totally bad-ass on your ride. The other good reviews you might have read about Black Spire products are right on. Canada rules!

Weaknesses:    A little bit on the heavy side (305g). You install it over the big ring, so it is extra weight (unlike the Ring God or the RF Bash Guard, where the big ring is removed). However, a couple extra grams never hurt. Knowing the teeth on your big ring are safe, it's totally worth it.

Bottom Line:   
Unless you want to buy more than one big ring or you're a real stickler about adding a little weight to your bike, buy this product.

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Favorite Trail:   hartshorne, clayton, mercer,chimney rock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   phattire.com

Similar Products Used:   Gervin Rock Ring

Bike Setup:   '99 Fisher Ziggurat. Race Face Crankset/chainrings, Black Spire Chainring guard, XT/XTR front/rear derailleurs, XT bottom bracket & rear cassette. Stock Bontrageur wheelset, handlebars, bar ends. WTB seat.

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