Jon's thoughts on a lightweight chaindevice for single ringers...
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Posted on: September 23, 2010
It’s a flat piece of alloy with some plastic bits on it right? For £120? Am I missing something? Does it include the bash at least?
Yes, the bash is included. Have you seen how much any of the chain devices out there cost these days?
Looks very tidy, this is exactly what I’m after but the prices seem ridiculous. No question it’s in line with other items on the market but does that justify the price tag?
Oh well that’s something. I know they’re expensive generally, but this item looks like I could knock one up with some aluminium plate and a bit of polyurethane.
You pays your money I suppose.
Hehe, this discussion is a massive can of worms. After all, handlebars are just bits of tubing, bikes are just bits of tubing welded together and forks are just tubes and oil and a bit of rubber, etc etc. The dark magic of capitalism means things are worth what people are willing to pay – you vote with your pocket after all..
Bashguard seems pointless on one chainring… something like the LG1 is lighter, or the XCX even.
I will vote with my pocket and go for the £16.99 superstar option.
replacement nylon blocks are £12.99 so you’re paying £100+ for two plates of aluminium!?
DMR do cheap and effective chain devices.
Only £30 cheaper than a Mmbop frame !!!!
Why does it have to be 1×9 or 1×10? I’ve been running 1×8 on my trail bike for years and I still am!
I was running 1×7 on my winter bike until I went singlespeed a few years ago. Then I used a £5 cheapie cheap front mech as a chain guide and I don’t remember dropping the chain ever. I’d also be surprised if the front mech weighed much more than the Straitline’s 190g.
I’ll confess that I am now a Gamut chain device owner now on my full susser and it does look very nice.
Tip for Gamut owners: Cut a section of road bike inner tube and stretch it over the roller to lose the chain noise.
I have a superstar chain device…its cheap, but its also very cheaply made. The roller has no bearing or bush at all, and the system is very noisy – i’ve replace the jockey with an MRP roller as a stop-gap. It does the job – never dropped the chain – but isn’t very subtle and drags an awful lot
The Straitline is top of the list to replace it. It’s pricey yes, but hopefully that will mean it may last and work properly.
If your running a single ring, a proper chain device is top of the list
Have the MRP 1.X device, haven’t lost a chain yet, it’s quiet and 40 quid but I still felt ripped off.
N-gear + fsa bash =£30…….
I think the problem with chain devices is that while they’re pretty cheap in terms of their material cost, the volume runs that these companies are putting through are pretty low so the price per unit ends up being still relatively high. They’re probably not even making them themselves.
It is only a piece of aluminium and a few bits of plastic (although I guess it’s not just any old plastic?) but the cost will be in getting them into the right shape.
[i]N-gear + fsa bash =£30…….[/i]
To be fair, your not comparing like with like. The straitline is for the sort of riding and bike where you need a bottom guide, otherwise the chain comes off on the backpedal stroke and over really rocky ground. It can then jam up behind the crank/against pivot or in the top guide.
“They’re probably not even making them themselves.”
Straitline pretty much make everything in house themselves. They’re kind of like the Canadian version of Hope!
It the new golf – that’s why
Nice review Jon, thanks. What size ring did you use with it ? Is the bash an integral part or could I use another make/model? Not that taken with the bash appearance. Cheers
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