Northwind + 1
seriously i dont know what sort of riding the folks who are dropping chains are doing, or whether its just not been setup correctly in the first place (ie, chain length etc)
because ive absolutly hammered my xtr clutch mech and raceface Narrow/wide chain ring on absolutly everything the white and dark peak district has to throw at it and not once have i dropped the chain
did another almost 30 mile loop around jacobs/kinder/hayfield/rowarth etc on sunday again going full pelt some sections and no sign of dropping....now for me riding the peak pretty much constantly these tracks are as rough as they get around there/and around the country, so im really not sure where on earth else some folks are losing the chains
FWIW my RF n/w ring is now about 2 months old id say and its showing no sign of degrading/wearing and its used 3 times a week in the white/dark peak
and also i was running a e13 top guide before so ive used both, the RF ring works just as well as the top guide, only difference is its silent, with no extreme gear rubbing and no alignment issues etc...it just works!
i still cant believe shimano havent come up with something, seriously if a small company like this leonardi can produce something on a par/very near to XX1 then shimano surely have the facilities/staff/knowledge/money to be able to something the same and better even staying at 10 speed!
id consider a generallee adaptor if it wasnt silly money for 3 cogs, as id perhaps enjoy having that extra bit in the high gears for climbing
i run 11-36 out back at the min, with 32 up front
even if i got the adaptor id still stick with 32 up front and as the adaptor is 40-36-etc id still be able to mostly run it in 2nd gear and save the 40 for the absolute stonking climbs when im running on low...that said i get up it all now, its just a bit more painful!
so come on shimano please please bring out a 10 speed 10-40/42 cassette and trump sram!