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Recommend me a 34T 1x ring, 5 bolt, 110 BCD

Old 01-20-22, 06:12 PM
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Recommend me a 34T 1x ring, 5 bolt, 110 BCD

I'm setting up a new (old) mountain bike 1x11 and need a single ring for the front. I'd like to use a 1x-specific ring to avoid using a chain keeper. So, I need:
- 1x specific
- 34T
- For a 5 bolt, 110 B.C.D. crank

Wolf Tooth has this one but it's $80, which seem a bit steep to me...

***OR*** recommend me a new-fangled crank that meets the following criteria:
- Fits a 1x, 34T ring
- Is compatible with a standard, 68mm English threaded bottom bracket shell
- Has a chainline in the 44-47mm range (for a 135mm rear)
- Has a not-ridiculously-wide q-factor. My old Deore square taper comes in at 160mm
- There needs to be some reason for me to bother with a new crank. Lighter (maybe?), lower q-factor (doubt it), etc.

Finally, please don't try to critique my gearing choice or argue 1x versus 2x, etc.
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Old 01-20-22, 06:57 PM
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That $80 Wolf Tooth sounds pretty good to me considering the likely cost of any new crank+bottom bracket. For example, a Shimano GRX FC-RX600 1X crank is about $150 everywhere I see it listed and it would require an HTII bottom bracket. That's just an example since it only comes with a 40T chainring.
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Old 01-20-22, 09:01 PM
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Haven't seen a 34t but there are some 36t rings on AliExpress
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Can't imagine why a new crankset is a more viable option than the chainring that checks all of your boxes. Amortize that 80 bucks over a two-year lifespan, and it's ten cents a day.
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Go Wolf Tooth, they make good quality parts right here in 'Murica and they are well worth it. The less drivetrain stuff you have the more sense it makes to spend a bit more on it. In the case of this it has a good tooth profile to hold onto the chain and are well made so they will last a good long time. If you are so concerned with cost Race Face makes a Narrow Wide chainring that works well, not sure what their 110bcd stuff looks like but I have a 130 bcd on a old Tiagra Hollowtech II crank and it works great as a 1x9. However I wouldn't hesitate to go Wolf Tooth if I didn't have specific budgetary rules for that particular bike as a challenge (and at the time I was simul-building two bikes so didn't want to kill the bank). I am willing to pay more for a quality product that will last a while and is hopefully made without terrible labor practices or business practices.
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Old 01-21-22, 08:00 PM
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Thanks everyone. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something obvious. Wolf Tooth it is. I forgot or didn't know they made their stuff in the US. That's a nice bonus, and somewhat helps justify the price.
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Old 01-21-22, 10:46 PM
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110 pattern can go as low as 33 tooth
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