Do You Use a Bash Guard on Your Mountain Bike?

Bash guards protect both chain and chainring, but they also add a bit of weight and cost to any bike build.

Drivetrain parts are expensive and aside from utilizing a bash guard or a gearbox bike, there aren’t many forms of protection. I remember reviewing a 29er enduro bike several years ago and a commenter was put off because it wasn’t specced with a bash guard. “Standard issue for BC riding,” the commenter said, or something to that effect. The person may have also said “I wouldn’t ride a bike without one.”

I remember putting one on a bike years ago and scratching it up like an old jazz record in a DJ booth, and thanking it for all the times it supposedly saved my teeth. Of course, that may or may not have been the case. Bash guards typically stick out much farther than a chain ring and so the odds become greater that you’ll bash your bash guard before you bash your chain ring. Unless of course you’re taking more risks because of the new skid plate.

Bash guards of course add weight on top of their protection, and that may be one of the reasons they’re not absolutely commonplace. But it begs the question: how many people use them these days and why or why not?

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