Not sure exactly how to ask this question???
I am converting my triple chainring setup to a single. Will be 1x8 initially.
I only ever use my middle chainring (32t) and have never dropped a chain and I ride relatively bumpy terrain.
Is the front derailleur actually keeping the chain from jumping off? Or am I just lucky?
That may sound silly, but I dont see how a wide cage triple front mech can actually keep a chain from jumping off the middle ring (or am I being dumb?).
Yeah sure, it will help keep it from jumping outside the large, or inside the small ring (if the limits screws are set properly). And help prevent jamming at the BB.
I have removed the front mech, added a bashguard, shortened the chain, and installed a medium cage shadow rear mech (unfortunately not clutch).
If I ride the same terrain, should I expect the chain to stay on? Or will it jump all over the place simply because I have no front mech?
Will eventually get one of those narrow/wide chainrings. But cant afford for a while.