chain will fall off in the front during off road riding, i promise. you can use a front derailleur as a cheap guide
It may help a little, but no, you will still likely loose your chain a bit on the trails. A BBG Bashguard and n-gear jumpstop will run you about $30, including shipping. I have used this setup on a hardtail for the past year (no big drops or jumps) and have never lost a chain.JDM said:Can you get away with out the FD if you use a SS type chainring in the front?
22t ring? Don't you spin out pretty easily with that?Spongebob said:I went 1 X 9 with a long rear der and a 22 up front. I found that I would jam the chain in between my small ring and the BBG bash guard. So what I did was took an old middle ring and ground it round, and then attached it. It acts like a chain guard keeping the chain from jamming, and a bash guard. It also gives you more clearance than a larger bash guard, a bit lighter and no cost at all!
I ride very rocky terrain, and have not lost the chain but once in the last 5 rides. I took one more link out of the chain, so I guess that helped. I took off the front derailluer and shifter too.
I realize it is fine for climbs, but what about on the flats or pointing down? Assuming you have an 11t cog, 22:11 is not a very high gearing. I've run that ratio (2:1) on a single speed, and you spin out pretty easily as soon as things are even slightly downhill.Spongebob said:Nope. But I sit 99% of the time on climbs. One guy I know has a 20T granny.