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Apr 16, 2003 2:24 PM
anyone out there have experince or thoughts on running a single chainring? it seem like it makes since as i rarely find myself shifting up front, and can help keep the chain on...any thoughts or ideas? thanks dave
I have that setup on one of my MTBs1x1 Speed Craig
Apr 16, 2003 3:13 PM
I have that setup on a 1x8 MTB. The build, as well as the benefits of this type of setup are discussed on that webpage. It works great for me.

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Apr 16, 2003 7:10 PM
I just built up an Empella, and went with a single ring set up. See the pic in a prior discussion below, on the empella, or I can take a pic and email you how I set it up. I'm using the set up from, it's the Spooky kit. Kinda on the high dollar side, but man is it sweet! You cold just use one chain guard of course and use a third eye, but you still run the risk of the chain jumping off, but not with the spooky kit.
Mine's Single 42Ttriangleforge
Apr 17, 2003 6:37 AM
I'm running a single, 42 ring up front, and am very happy with that arrangement. I didn't drop my chain once last season, and never felt at a loss for gearing (power, endurance, and will, maybe, but gears were good). I'm using the Cycles TA kit from, with two guard rings. Very nice; I needed a triple bottom bracket (I forget the number, but the widest one Shimano makes) and a 2mm spacer at the BB to keep the inner ring off the chainstay.

re: SINGLE CHAINRING SETUP?iliketoridebikes
Apr 17, 2003 10:15 AM
get one of those cool carbon bash guard things. I wouldn't bash it because it looks way too cool, but I would still run it.
Apr 19, 2003 7:52 AM
I've got one and it works great. I'm using a 42t ring. Originally I used a homemade chainring guard and a Third Eye catcher. You can make a guard by taking a chainring and busting off the teeth with pliers and then grinding down the sharp edges. This set-up worked OK.

I upgraded the homemade guard to a FSA carbon fiber guard for extra style points. I replaced the Third Eye with a Jump Stop ( which works MUCH better than the Third Eye.

Finally, I went for the full treatment and got a second FSA guard. Had to replace the bottom bracket when I did this. Realistically, I think the single guard/Jump Stop arrangement works better. Does just as good a job of keeping the chain on the ring but is probably lighter due to the shorter BB spindle and shorter chainring bolts.
FSA carbon guard: where to get, how much? nmweiwentg
Apr 19, 2003 1:37 PM
FSA carbon guard: where to get, how much? nmflyweight
Apr 21, 2003 11:42 AM
I got mine direct from FSA through the shop I work at. No idea what retail pricing is. FSA are widely distributed so they shouldn't be hard for any local shop to get.