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Stronglight chainrings?(6 posts)

Stronglight chainrings?Doug
Feb 23, 2002 7:56 PM
Anyone used Stronglight chainrings. I'm wondering if these are a reasonable alternate for Shimano 9spd chainrings. Any experiences would be appreciated.

Doug
re: Stronglight chainrings?Andy M-S
Feb 24, 2002 9:05 AM
Doug:

I'm using them on my 8-speed Ultegra setup, shifting with Sachs New Success levers. They work very well indeed! My previous rings (DA 53/Vuelta 39) weren't ramped/pinned, and that r/p makes a huge difference.

The design isn't to everyone's liking, but it works for me. I have the plain (clear ano) rings--the colors look like a little much. You can get these cheap from www.thorusa.com right now...
Pretty nice, and not too $$jw25
Feb 26, 2002 6:35 AM
I got a set in black from thorusa.com, and they've worked fine for me. Shifting is fast and positive, and they bolted on straight and round. This is on an 8 speed setup, but I'm pretty sure they'll work with 9 speed, too.
I actually like the color, as the rings are so cut away there isn't too much left. I can see where red or blue might be a bit much, but to each their own.
And for $40 a pair, they're a lot less than Ultegra rings, and from first-hand comparison, they're closer to D-A quality.
See some here:Andy M-S
Feb 26, 2002 11:58 AM
I've just posted a photo of my bike with these rings, so if you want to take a look, here you go.
what kind of headset it that?nm
Feb 26, 2002 12:40 PM
Ultegra Pastiche!Andy M-S
Feb 27, 2002 6:04 AM
It's a Shimano Ultegra with slight modifications.

When I installed a (used) BRC threaded fork, the steer tube was slightly on the long side, but I wasn't certain that I wanted to cut it. So I bought a 1cm (IIRC) spacer intended for use on a 1" threadless steerer. I popped that between the top race of the headset and the locknut.

I never did get around to trimming the steerer--seems like this is just about the right height for me--so it stays. It looks weird, but it stays.

Interestingly enough, if you look at the "Courage" poster or photo of Lance (from his first TDF win) you'll see he's using a threaded stem and that his (DA, one would assume)headset also has a large spacer in it. I think that may be where I got the idea...