Alu chainring on singlespeed a bad plan?
Thanks guys… I’m still unsure though 😕
The alu one I have is an E13 G-Ring, which is supposed to be strong, but my husband keeps saying that it’s not worth the risk – not sure what ‘the risk’ actually is though? I mean, what’s technically the worst that can happen?
Having said all that, I doubt I’ll actually feel the difference (approx. 85g) between the two chainrings and since I’ll be running steel on the back, maybe I should just stick the steel one on the front and forget about it?
What do you reckon?Posted 3 years ago
Worst that can happen 🙂 not involving kittens.
I am 85-90Kg, not so gentle, and will race a rigid v-braked SS in DH races against proper DH bikes and Orange 5’s
I have seen super fast skilled riders smash DH spec chainrings, this involves hitting rock gardens at silly speeds or coming up a bit short on a jump and landing and bottoming out in a rock garden.
In several years of racing DH and running a bashring i haven’t bent a chain ring. All the teeth tips show minor damage, but no failures, Bash rings show damage, but no ring failure.
I haven’t seen anyone with legs that would shame Sir Chris Hoy and strip off teeth through sheer leg power. Only from twatting rocks at speed. Alu teeth will sheer off, steel might bend over, you might cut the chain.
If that happens, a bent ring and cut chain are the least of your worries. More like worry about the stats of the local hospital your in a helicopter flying too 🙂
Shaving off 85grams ! i wouldn’t worry, strength and maybe a cheaper steel ring, also that 85grams is low down weight, thats good.
Missed the Ice bike show this year, last year Gamut had beefed up the race rings by 1mm thickness as some world cup DH types had damaged rings in racing ( do you race world cup tracks ? )
I think i have E13 G-ring as well, no issues.
If you can outpower Sir Chris Hoy (who maybe uses Alu rings anyway) or can stuff Steve Peat at downhill racing ( i beat him once ) then your worrying over nothing.
DH spec Alu chainrings should be fine, steel rings will also be fine.
Superlight XC race rings will not like heavy handed treatment.Posted 3 years ago
For the sake of £20 difference over X amount of use versus 100g of weight saving vs 10 x that of mud and clag….I wouldn’t bother over thinking it too much tbh
Yeah, I think that pretty much sums it up, think I’ll stop worrying about it! 🙂
If you can outpower Sir Chris Hoy or can stuff Steve Peat at downhill racing
I’m a very light female rider who plans on mincing around in the woods, so I’m gonna go for a no on that one 😉
Thanks for the input guys – think I’ll put on whichever ring looks prettiest!* 😀
(*I’m not joking)Posted 3 years agoDanWMember
I remember reading that you were looking at VeloSolo stuff in the past and that is exactly what I went for. Not all alu rings are created equal but the VeloSolo is reassuringly chunky and the teeth look very nicely machined. Been using it for a while now and it still looks new. Roughly 50g too which is under half the weight of steel. Looks nicer too IMO which is of course the main thing 😀Posted 3 years agomamadirtMember
You’re only little so alu will be fine. I’ve run alloy up front singlespeed for years and worn the teeth right down, only swapping the ring for a colour change 😳 – I’ve broken chains but never snapped a tooth on a chainring or rear sprocket desite some serious wear. Just gone alloy on the back too – suckered in by the pretty colours 8)Posted 3 years ago
@paul4stones – You did that and then put the same kind of chainring on again?! Yikes, you’re braver/more reckless than I’d be!
Mamadirt – you’d convinced me to alu, until I saw the photo above… now I’m not so sure again… If only I weren’t such a weight weenie, I wouldn’t care less about putting the steel one on 🙄Posted 3 years ago
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