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Hi All,

Need some suggestions for “spider less” cranks (no chain ring bolts). I have been riding a SS for 5 years and the constant maintaince to quiet the chain ring bolts has run its course.:madman:

Thanks in advance!

DZ
 

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try a bmx crankset like Profile and a bmx sprocket. most bmx sprockets have thick teeth for a 1/8" chain, so look for narrow-toothed sprockets.
 

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BMX style cranks use a splined spindle, most commonly 19mm 48-tooth. they can be relatively light, and are incredibly strong. i use them on my dirt jump bike.

shimano M952 XTR cranks use Octalink.
 

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I find the red loc-tite to be the very easiest solution. It takes a blow torch to get the bolts off. Absolutely no squeaks, no slips, no errors.
 

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chexem said:
I find the red loc-tite to be the very easiest solution. It takes a blow torch to get the bolts off. Absolutely no squeaks, no slips, no errors.
I'm not so sure that it will seem like such a great idea when it comes to swap a worn/bent/damaged ring...
 

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Well, its not like you have to melt the chainring. Just warm the ring bolts a bit, one at a time, and they pop off. You do need the special little wrench, I found a broad blade screwdriver just isn't the right tool for the job. My only initial problem was remembering that I had used the red loc-tite and needed to heat the bolts. More than a few grunts and groans on that day.
 

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chexem said:
Well, its not like you have to melt the chainring. Just warm the ring bolts a bit, one at a time, and they pop off. You do need the special little wrench, I found a broad blade screwdriver just isn't the right tool for the job. My only initial problem was remembering that I had used the red loc-tite and needed to heat the bolts. More than a few grunts and groans on that day.
Still, I think it's a bit excessive... To have to resort to a blow torch to change a ring. Why wouldn't you try blue loc-tite first?
 

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A mix of red and blue actually works very well. Use red on the external surface keeping the bolt from rotating and blue on the threads. Only a small drop is needed on both surfaces keeping everything tight.

When you need to remove the bolt it comes off easily with a small blow from a rubber mallet.
 

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So is the problem here the chain ring bolts are creaking, squeaking & making noise or they are becoming loose and require frequent tightening??
 

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A mix of red and blue actually works very well. Use red on the external surface keeping the bolt from rotating and blue on the threads. Only a small drop is needed on both surfaces keeping everything tight.

When you need to remove the bolt it comes off easily with a small blow from a rubber mallet.
That sounds like a good idea, no red on threads.
 

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farrisw1 said:
So is the problem here the chain ring bolts are creaking, squeaking & making noise or they are becoming loose and require frequent tightening??
Becoming loose and then making noise. There is a lot of torque on those little bolts.
 
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