I don't believe we've had this exact thread, yet... Swapping to a Zee short cage clutch mech from an X9 medium cage mech, and debating getting either a Hope chain guide or taking my bash ring off, putting some shorter bolts in and getting an MRP 1X or Superstar XCR. Obviously the latter will be lighter but won't protect my chain from being smashed into things (but I'm better at hopping nowadays and as I'm on a hardtail the BB is never that low). Which will be more secure? Which will be least prone to problems in the mud, especially with loose leaves and twigs turning the mud into a perfect housebuilding material for Anglo-Saxon Britain?
Which will give my drivetrain the longest life (mud vs protection)? Will the Superstar XCR in orange/white look nice on an orange Soul? Does anyone know for sure if the Hope chainguide seat tube mounting version comes with the right shims to fit a skinny seat tube? Will a BB mount work better because it'll stay more accurately aligned with the chainring under heavy pedalling load? Why do I have so many questions and does anyone actually care?