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Converting to single Chain Ring 1x

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  • #818771

    Ledbetter
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    This very well could be a stupid question but….

    Converting my 2×10 to 1x and I’ve caught a few hiccups (ISPEC B shifter and brake compatibility etc).

    I’m curious if my current Race Face Turbine cranks will have compatibility issues with single chain rings because of the 4 bolt mounting tabs that are part of the crank arm. Originally I thought my cranks were the Cinch cranks but mid level bikes seem to cheap on the specs as you know.

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    #818775

    Neville Park
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    hey @ ledbetter – nope, you should be good imo

    Quick search for your cranks and i see a whole slew of options – https://www.raceface.com/products/details/turbine-chainring-10-speed-rings

    Simple measure you BCD (bolt center diameter) of the larger (30-34tooth chain ring). It should be something like 104mm or similar.

    Then buy a Narrow Wide chainring from ppl like OneUp – https://can.oneupcomponents.com/collections/chainrings

    remove all spureous weight and bobs’ ur uncle.

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    #818776

    Ledbetter
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    Cool. I also was told about the spider adapter. I was going to purchase the ring from my LBS. I got some stuff from Chain Reaction but still like to give some love to the bike shop so I’m sure he will get the right parts. Just wanted to know if it was possible. Someone mentioned Black Spier rings being durable compared to RF. Any insight on that. You guys are all great on here for advice.

    Should mention going 1×11 with likely a 32t ring as I got the 11-46 cassette from shimano.

    #818783

    BlurredLines
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    Just a note on the Chainring option. The standard Turbine 10 speed rings linked above are for multi ring setups. It’s actually the exact same ring that’s in your photo. The chainring you’re looking for is https://www.raceface.com/products/details/narrow-wide-single-ring. I can say with certainty you can do it and it works well. I’ve got a 34T that’s going into season 4 without issue.

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    #818785

    jcitizen
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    I’ve got a RF Atlas crank that is a few years old and it has been running 1x setups for years, well. Enjoy a tidy cockpit!

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    #818789

    Ledbetter
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    Just a note on the Chainring option. The standard Turbine 10 speed rings linked above are for multi ring setups. It’s actually the exact same ring that’s in your photo. The chainring you’re looking for is https://www.raceface.com/products/details/narrow-wide-single-ring. I can say with certainty you can do it and it works well. I’ve got a 34T that’s going into season 4 without issue.

    Thanks this was what I looked at a year ago when I was going to pull the trigger. Appreciate all the advice.

    Happy Riding.

    #818871

    Dean.Campbell
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    I’ve got a 1x setup on a 10 year old pair of RF cranks.

    I’m running a 4 bolt (104 BCD) RF Narrow Wide front ring (32 tooth).

    Initially, I tested it with the remains of my old 9spd drivetrain, which was great on level or downhill trails, but climbs sucked ass. I occasionally dropped the chain then too, using an old 9spd XTR non-clutch rear derailleur. After a season of that nonsense, I upgraded the rear drivetrain to the XT 11 speed setup, so now have a 42 tooth granny, and a clutch derailleur. No dropped chains, No issues at all. Climbing is doable again!

    It proved to be a great way to freshen up an old bike, and will move to a new frame when I get around to doing that change.

    #818881

    Ledbetter
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    Yeah I’ve got the clutch. LBS talked me into bash guard too. One reason I said yes is even aesthetics as I don’t have direct mount cranks.

    I did run into some issues though. The shimano ispec B retaining pins were over-torqued and just a bit of power has stripped them! They are so tiny I don’t know about easy outs. The bike shop said they will have a look. I’ve thought about JB Weld and an old Hex. Anyone have problems stripping these retaining pins in the past?

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