e*thirteen Supercharger Bash Guard Chain Accessories

4.15/5 (13 Reviews)


Product Description

E.thirteen Bashguard 104mm BCD: 13mm Tuffmax thermoplastic bashguards are tough, light and won't snag. Each bashguard includes proprietary extra-long chainring bolts.


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Helmetless a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2012

Strengths:    Super strong, nice looking

Weaknesses:    Heavy for cross country use

Bottom Line:   
I have had this bashguard almost 3 years now and looks almost new. Been crashed and rubbed it against any sharp rocks and everything looks great after every ride. I love the ground clearance effect and love the protection, but weight could be much less. Will try the turbocharger version to get that point done.

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Favorite Trail:   Condor

Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Kona Bikes Chile

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Banshee Paradox am ht 29er

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Aaron Brown a Downhiller from Richmond VA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2009

Strengths:    Work fine up until I lubed the chain with a mineral oil base lube!

Weaknesses:    Do not let any lube that is mineral oil base near it, such as ProGold Prolink or get any WD40, penetrating lube on it!

Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike complete and I had no warning that the bashgaurd reacted to certain chain lubes, to the point that it crumbled in my hands! Were was the R/D department on this one? I am sending it back to E13 and when i get it back its going to become a dog frisby

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Favorite Trail:   Snow Shoe's Ball and Jack/Powerline

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   Race Face metal bashgaurd

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz V10:Boxer Team, Fox dhx 5.0, dt swiss 6.1fr, x.o shifter, Truvativ Holzfeller

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by greghealy@ymail.com a Downhiller from RSM, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2009

Strengths:    Lasted for a little while, rolled over rocks, roots, and logs

Weaknesses:    I took one crash (not even that bad) and it broke in 5 different places. I thought these were unbreakable

Bottom Line:   
was pretty good. but a simple crash should not break it

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Favorite Trail:   Laguna

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   kona

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by N8dog156 a Weekend Warrior from Shirley, MA USA

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2009

Strengths:    Super Strong. No metal to bend. Easy to install. Looks good, performs better.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I ride a small frame so this bashguard was a must. replaces big ring, adds a lot of room for extra clearance. I smash this thing into rocks and logs every weekend and it takes anything you can throw at it. Really helps over log features as it slides over easily. Would definitely recommend this guard.

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Favorite Trail:   FOMBA

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Gear Works Cyclery,

Similar Products Used:   Look for E-thirteen's new TurboCharger bashguard. Its new for 09 and said to be stronger and lighter.

Bike Setup:   2006 Cannondale Furio F600.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lou_b_83 a Weekend Warrior from Columbia, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2009

Strengths:    It is the best. I have beat it on rocks, logs, and concrete blocks. It never fails.

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
Just get and you wont look back.

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Favorite Trail:   Ringwood and Diablo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Craft

Similar Products Used:   Race Face

Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brad a Weekend Warrior from Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2008

Strengths:    Light, Looks Good

Weaknesses:    You have to switch lubes

Bottom Line:   
This thing is great. Although it is the first bashguard I've owned, everyone seems to recommend it and it has been great. It slides over logs very nicely. I have the 36t and it really improves ground clearance from my 44t ring. It is just barely heavier than my old chainring, so not a big deal with weight. The only thing that sucks is you have to change your lube. you cannot use petroleum based lube, i believe they say only wax based. when you call e13 and ask, they are very odd about saying do not use this or that, but they will tell you to use only wax based lube. not a big deal, but i was using petrol based. you also cannot clean your drivetrain with certain degreasers, or clean your chain with certain degreasers. not a big deal, just make sure you only use citrus degreaser. overall great buy.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Bike Setup:   XC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a Weekend Warrior from melbourne

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2007

Strengths:    insanely strong
looks good
has a good reputation behind it's name


Weaknesses:    not compatible with truvativ boxguide, but i modified the boxguide nows it's all good.

Bottom Line:   
this is an awesome bashring, and if you have a tendancy of smashing your sproket or even if you don't you should have one of these. they don't weight much. just a bit pricy though

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Favorite Trail:   ivanhoe jumps

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   bikepro

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Downhill (norco atomik 07)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Lehigh Valley PA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2007

Strengths:    This thing slides over anything

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bashguard. It is so durable! It has taken so many licks from plowing into rocks or logs and it almost looks new. When I bought it (@ ebay) I took it out of the box and thought "this plastic circle thingie doesn't stand a chance with me at the helm". One year later I am showing more mountain bike scars than the bash guard. If your going with a bashguard, this is hands down the one to go with!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   FSA, Salsa Trials, and Race Face

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kristina a Weekend Warrior from NSW Australia

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2007

Strengths:    It's tough
It looks good
Does the job
Not noisy.


Weaknesses:    Well I found out about the lube thing just after buying a big bottle of Rock N Roll Extreme. Been using that lube probably for a good 6 months now without trouble.
Could be slightly cheaper.


Bottom Line:   
Great product, I've had no trouble with mine thus far. It has taken one very big hit so far and came out with just a surface scratch, amazing, I had to actually look for the damage and judging by the reddish colour whatever it hit came off second best.

Running it in combination with an inner plate (envy double E) I immediately noticed that the chain goes "ching, ching" over bumps hitting against the envy & the ethirteen is a lot more silent due to what it's made of.

It's a great product, and I would probably never run an outside chainring again. Mind you it's a bash ring so if you bash into stuff regularly I would expect it to eventually break or deteriorate. For some reason a lot of people seem to take "strong" as being "unbreakable".

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $54.00

Purchased At:   www.fortheriders.com

Similar Products Used:   I've only used an envy double e inner ring, the Ethirteen is my first bashguard.

Bike Setup:   I've got the 32T black one ($60Au). It was on my Trance, but now it's on my husbands Alias. I like to run a plate sandwich: envy double E, 32t chainring and then Ethirteen Bash. Ideal set up would be to have a Straitline inner ring and an Ethirteen bash on the outside.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tesh a Downhiller from Colorado

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2007

Strengths:    Very durable
Doesn't dent or nick
Looks pretty sick


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bash guard. It's moderately cheap, easy to install and super burly.

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Favorite Trail:   The Area

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Pedal the Peaks

Bike Setup:   06 Bighit FSR II

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake a Weekend Warrior from Davis, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2007

Strengths:    slides great on all benchs, ledges, or anything else when street riding

Weaknesses:    nothing in less you are doing a lot of slides then it weres out kinda fast

Bottom Line:   
great product for all riding and is most at home doing spocket grinds.....BEST ON THE MARKET.

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Favorite Trail:   fish creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   friend ordered wrong size just my luck

Similar Products Used:   nothing like it

Bike Setup:   05 p1 cromo single speed street, park, dirt jump does it all

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by PC a Weekend Warrior from USA

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2007

Strengths:    Slides across obstacles smoothly without getting hung up, which allows you to keep momentum when climbing over logs and rocks. Not too expensive.

Weaknesses:    1)You can't use a traditional mineral based chain lube because it'll break down the composite material. Not a big deal, just need to do a drivetrain clean and switch to a wax-based lube.
2)Must be careful to use precise torque settings during install so as to not crack the plastic. Also not a big deal, but if you're not careful the BG could be ruined before you even ride it.
3)It broke. When cleaning the chain I found a large crack extending from the inside of the bashring.


Bottom Line:   
Given that this thing couldn't stand up to basic, technical XC trail riding, I'm quite disappointed. I figured that since many riders use this product during aggressive DH and freeriding that it could stand up to the milder riding that I do. I never landed on the bashguard from a drop or jump, and most of the time it got used at slow speeds during technical riding.

The reviews on mtbr and on the forums were very positive regarding this bashguard, with many people describing it as unbreakable. Well, they are breakable.

When I spoke with e.13 about a possible warranty replacement they said it would only be covered in the case of manufacturers warranty (which they said is a less than 1% chance). Since it'll cost me $10 to send back to them to even determine whether it'll get covered, I'm just gonna put that money toward a new, aluminum bash. For many, this BG seems to work great. It just didn't work out too well for me.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   None yet.

Bike Setup:   Kona HT set-up for aggressive XC riding.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ben hobbs a Downhiller from new zealand

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006

Strengths:    it looks very tough and can take the bashing my one is see throught red and looks kool.

Weaknesses:    the only weakness i have found is that it marks quite easly.

Bottom Line:   
a good looking and tough bash guard.

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Favorite Trail:   double down

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   wangunui

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   ethirteen chain guide. race face stem. maxxis tyres. easton bars. 2006 rock shock boxxer race. mtb laser rims. 20mm hubs. manito rear shock.

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