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my new kona stinky has a bent small chainring, i got it used, so i need to replace it. i do alot of trail riding. but i throw my chain alot. i was thiking to instead of replacing this small ring, scrapping them all and getting a single ring with one of those things that keeps the chain on. is this a good idea? i do go up hills, but can do that OK in the lowest setting of second gear. and if so do you have a recommendation of a good kind i should get? thanks for the help. i'll stop asking questions for today.
 

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northoceanbeach said:
my new kona stinky has a bent small chainring, i got it used, so i need to replace it. i do alot of trail riding. but i throw my chain alot. i was thiking to instead of replacing this small ring, scrapping them all and getting a single ring with one of those things that keeps the chain on. is this a good idea? i do go up hills, but can do that OK in the lowest setting of second gear. and if so do you have a recommendation of a good kind i should get? thanks for the help. i'll stop asking questions for today.
I run a single 30t Blackspire chainring with a Raceface 5x94mm crank and a MRP system 2 for free riding my M1. When I downhill race I change to a 42t chainring and swap chains because I need a longer chain for the 42t. If you have a 5x94mm crank the smallest chainring you can go is a 30t. If you have a 4x104mm crank the smallest is a 32t and a 5x110mm the smallest is a 34t.
Erik,
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www.balleracing.com
 

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Yep

Definatly go for a single front ring with a chainguide. I ride a 38t with a truvative boxguide...
I used to have my chain hop off all the time, especailly on heavy landings. Worrying abotu yoru chain droppign off will hold you back. once you get a guide you will never have to think about it again....
 

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I run an ethirteen srs with a 32 in the front with profile cranks on my bullit, no problems whatsoever, alot of my friends run the same set up and no complaints from anyone. At $125US it is a steal plus it has trick a trick factor being clear and all. You won't regret dropping the front derailleur your bike will thank you, not only will you have the added protection of a bash guard and the peace at mind knowing you wont be dropping a chain your bike will also run alot quiter with very little chainslap.
 

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That is definitly a GOOD idea...
And the best set-up is :

38T X 11-34cassette.


I have that set-up in many diferent frames ,even in a XC bike and works perfect for me.
Good luck.
 

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ya, go with a guide. I have a 42t ring on my ~45lbs DH rig and it is kinda of a pain, but it will still go up hill. If you get like a 36-40t ring you should have no problem climbing, and the reliability of having a guide is a beutiful thing
 
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