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Chainrings
« on: September 20, 2009, 04:21:06 PM »
Hey all you part nerds-

I need a new middle ring for my XT cranks.  I hear lots of people talk trash about the Shimano chainrings - so what should I get, if not Shimano? And where can I get them? Thanks!
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 04:59:21 PM »
Why change if you're happy with the Shimano rings?   ???
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 05:10:46 PM »
I always had great luck with shimano chainrings, best shifting rings IMO.
If not shimano, I would go with race face team rings, shift well, look good, and not too much $$.
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009, 05:29:38 PM »
FSA chain rings aren't bad.
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2009, 06:33:55 PM »
Never used them but I've heard good things about em. Was planning on buying a middle for my XTR's but ended up braking the crank arm  :'(
 
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2009, 06:37:37 PM »
Never used them but I've heard good things about em. Was planning on buying a middle for my XTR's but ended up braking the crank arm  :'(
 
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do they make them for XT's? im in need for a new drivetrain soon

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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2009, 06:43:46 PM »
Don't know, I'd call them if I was you. Only reason I know about them is due to the fact that XTR chainrings are out of this world expensive so had to explore other options.
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Re: Chainrings
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2009, 07:40:51 PM »
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2009, 08:31:22 PM »
Why change if you're happy with the Shimano rings?   ???

I never said i was happy or unhappy with the XT rings.  Overall, I didn't have any problems, but if there is a better and cheaper alternative out there why not use it?

I'm replacing the ring because its worn out from 18 months and 2500 miles of abuse.
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2009, 09:24:58 PM »
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2009, 02:06:17 PM »
Don't know what model year your crank is, but if it's a newer one with the steel/carbon middle ring, you HAVE to use an XT or XTR. I have an '07 and found out the hard way that aftermarket middle rings don't work. The XT ring is actually pretty cheap. The Shimano big ring is soft as butter, and aftermarket rings work there.

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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2009, 05:53:32 PM »
I don't know about that Harvey.  I have 07 and 08 XT cranks and have used the RF rings I linked above just fine.  I know the older XTR needed special rings but I think the newer ones will use standard rings also.  I will point out I do not have XTR so take what I say with a shot.
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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2009, 07:45:22 PM »
From what I have read, only the XTR require their own unique rings :)

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Re: Chainrings
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2009, 08:57:59 AM »
Trust me; I know from personal experience. Put a Race Face middle ring on my '07 XT crank and it wouldn't work no matter what I did to it. Skipping under load, missing the ring on shifts, all kinds of annoying stuff. Put the Shimano steel/carbon on it and all was good again.

Besides, why risk compatibility problems when the Shimano ring works great, is reasonably priced, doesn't have a significant weight penalty, and because the teeth are steel, lasts through 2 big rings and cassettes?

I only had problems when I was really putting the hammer down, so maybe you weren't riding hard enough. ;)

XT and XTR rings are interchangeable, so that would indicate that XT requires a Shimano ring too.

 

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