- Do I NEED a chain device on a 160mm+travel bike?
As per title, do I need a chain retaining device on a 160mm travel bike?
And does it have to be a 22/36T double chainset?
i.e. does anyone run a triple or an xc double such as 27/39??
I have an xc double which I think I might put on a 160 travel bike but its a fairly beefy 160mm bike, so thinking it might not be the done thing or just plain out of place?
If anyone has photos of such 160mm bike with xc chainset on then fire away and post!Posted 6 years agogeetee1972Member
I think it’s more about what you intend to do on the bike that determines what kind of gearing you go with rather than how much travel it has.
What I would say is that I can’t see you needing anything bigger than a 36t on the front (actually I will argue with anyone running a 160mm bike needing more than 32t front unless they’re in the top echelons of the DH racing set) so a triple would be somewhat redundant but there’s nothing to stop you using one.Posted 6 years agoedoverheelsMember
Agree with kayak23. 32 up front and 11-36 on the back. If you can’t get up then push, it’s not much slower and if you often spin out, you are probably running too much travel. However whether you need a chain device will surely be determined by whether you often drop the chain. If you intend to use 160 travel then probably yes.Posted 6 years agochakapingSubscriber
Not the Superstar version though, it’s cack.
I’ve had a secondhand one of them for about a year, on two bikes, and it’s been faultless.
Just for balance like.
OP – A lot of new 160mm bikes come with XC double chainsets (assumign you mean the ones with with no bash). Depends how low your BB is and if you ride rocky stuff as to whether it’s a good idea.
I took the X9 double straight off my Dune and replaced it with a SLX double and bash. The bash sees plenty of action.Posted 6 years ago
I have a Shimano LX with 22/32 rings + bash, or a newer FSA 27/39. The BB for the Shimano is on the way out, but I have a new bb for the FSA, so was thinking about fitting the FSA cranks.
If I replace the Shimano BB, I was going to ditch the 22t inner as I barely use it. Just wondered if the 27t of the FSA would see more use, or whether I’d just be wanting a 32t because 27t is still too low and 39t would be too high.
I’ve happily run 1×9 with a 32 x 32 lowest gear on the hardtail before now but not having had this bike long, I’m worried about having to thrutch up some nasty climb with 160mm squidging beneath me or end up pushing.Posted 6 years agofibreMember
Stinger, 22/36, bashguard (might go 1×10)
I’ve changed my Remedy quite a bit since I bought it (and since the photo). It had a triple as standard, I find a triple overkill personally and I can’t stand the chain slapping all over the place either. A double with device gives me the gearing to go up and enough for faster downs (spin out at 40mph on fire road downs).
You have to ask yourself do you need a device and double really, depends what bike it is, where you ride, how you ride and your preference.
You asked for a pic of it fitted…Posted 6 years ago
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