by Marc Basiliere
January 9, 2014
Neat single- and double-ring solutions
Sometimes it’s the little bits and pieces that get people excited. Take, for example, FSA’s £18/$15 3mm Chain Tab Bolt Kit 380-6105. It doesn’t sound like much, but for anyone running a single chainring or double on a triple crank could be the perfect finishing touch. In short, the kit consists of a set of four chainring bolts, four chainring nuts, and four aluminum tabs that cover that bit of spider left exposed when removing a triple crank’s outer ‘ring. For those among us who’ve always been bothered by the unfinished look, here’s a clean solution that’s both lighter and better looking than a bash guard. For those who aren’t bothered… please move along.
By request in the UK ($90 in the US), FSA’s Shimano- and SRAM-compatible D10 double chainrings are cleverly offset to help avoid the chainline issues (usually rubbing) that tend to arise when bolting a large-gap double set to a triple crank. The alloy ‘ring set is available in 22/36, 24/36, and 24/38 combinations- with the first being plenty low enough for 29er trail bikes. One of the less expensive ways to reap the full benefits of a double chainset, the ‘rings are a good way to breathe new life into that perfectly functional (if unfashionable) triple in the shed.