Top Guide + Clutch Mech
How’s the top only guide combined with a clutch mech working out for everyone on their 1x setups?
What bikes/riding are they being used for?
Looking at put it on a 6″ bike that gets used for xc bimbles through to uplift days. Accepting i may need to put full guide on for DH/uplift days, but for trail riding and general tom foolery with lots of jumping, i’m hoping it’s enough.Posted 5 years agoandysredminiMember
I have an xtr clutch mech on my trance with a hope top guide. I haven’t dropped a chain in the 4-5 months I have been using it.
But I have a Paul’s chain keeper with an normal xtr mech on my anthem and a normal xtr mech with a e13 xcr guide on my stiffee and I haven’t dropped a chain on either of them.
So summing up on my experience I would say that you don’t need a clutch mech to stop the chain coming off. Buy one to reduce lower chain slap and noise but the best benefit is the confidence it gives to keep pedalling across rougher ground.
AndyPosted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Works very well for me on my hardtail, haven’t tried it on a full suss.
My experience of top-guide-no-clutch is very different from Andysredmini, I lose the chain every ride pretty much without fail on mine, and no wonder. Comparable set up with a clutch, on a bike that gets ridden much harder, and I can’t remember the last time I lost the chain.Posted 5 years agoedoverheelsMember
Agree with Northwind. Top only guide without a clutch mech never worked for me. Have top only guides on a Soul with a Paul’s Chain Keeper and a Superstar top guide on an Orange Blood, both with clutch mechs. I have dropped the chain on the Blood a couple of times only but I have had it on there for several months and ride it a lot and use it for downhill. Not enough of a problem for me to want to change.Posted 5 years ago
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