Guard Sprocket, is there a best one?

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2/12/2019 2:10 PM

Vital gang, I’m wanting an aluminum guarded sprocket. I like the looks of the Daily Grind one and the BSD Guard sprocket most but the Odyssey LaGuardia, and the alum Subrosa one look appealing too. Are they all pretty much the same and it’s just a “pick which one looks best to you” type of deal or are some actually better than the others? I get the feeling I can’t go wrong with any of the above mentioned options. Thanks.

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2/12/2019 2:44 PM

they're all good man

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fack off

2/12/2019 2:44 PM

They're pretty much all the same; the only thing that really differs is the chain clearance but they're all made to fit a normal 1/2"x1/8" chain.

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2/12/2019 2:51 PM

I went with Madera Signet and love the look of it. Protects my chain well, and is made in the US and A.

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2/12/2019 3:43 PM

I really dig my Fit Keyguard. It's pretty damn thick. I would reccomend it for sure.

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I don't crash, I do random gravity checks...

2/12/2019 4:01 PM

Every guarded sprocket I've tried didn't really offer much protection. You can still hit your chain enough to break a link. But the odyssey mds definitely covered more than the fit key, or cinema reel

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2/13/2019 1:39 AM

I think you'll be happy with any of the above. I've got the LaGuardia and I run it with a Shadow interlock chain with no problems and it has been unbreakable so far.

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If I could go a tenth as high as Larry Edgar goes, then I would still be blasting super high.

2/13/2019 2:00 AM

Aitkenisgod wrote:

I think you'll be happy with any of the above. I've got the LaGuardia and I run it with a Shadow interlock chain with no problems and it has been unbreakable so far.

666 posts \m/

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2/13/2019 2:42 AM

Division Vitara Guard looks pretty cool with the knurled edges in bronze but I’m biased because they come from my country

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its prawns, not shrimp idiot

2/13/2019 5:15 AM

If you can find a Skworl, they are great and were made in Minnesota by a bunch of rad dudes.

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2/13/2019 5:57 AM

Just run it the right way.


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2/13/2019 7:03 AM

dead goon wrote:

Just run it the right way.


Chainline issues

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2/13/2019 7:37 AM

Oh, also, just because they're local, rider owned, and I ride with them, BMXKINGS Guard sprocket is beefy as hell and also made in the US.




The site says they're sold out, and yes, they're expensive, but you'd be supporting real BMXers that are lifelong riders. If you're interested, I can talk to the boss and get my hands on one.

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2/13/2019 8:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/13/2019 11:18 AM

I like the Odyssey HalfBash sprocket. For me, mainly because I only end up in the same position, crank/pedal-wise & the remaining guard is excess weight. Granted, you can simply spin your guard on full guards to get more use out of the single guard rather than replacing the one piece.

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2/13/2019 9:43 AM

Aitkenisgod wrote:

I think you'll be happy with any of the above. I've got the LaGuardia and I run it with a Shadow interlock chain with no problems and it has been unbreakable so far.

RumHam wrote:

666 posts \m/

What is the infatuation with 666 in the bmx scene?

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2/13/2019 9:43 AM

dead goon wrote:

Just run it the right way.


That’s a subrosa guard right?

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2/13/2019 9:53 AM

grumpySteve wrote:

Every guarded sprocket I've tried didn't really offer much protection. You can still hit your chain enough to break a link. But the odyssey mds definitely covered more than the fit key, or cinema reel

I do a lot of sprocket stalls on ledges and rails, and I find them to offer lots of protection for my purposes. I have a Shadow conspiracy plastic guard sprocket now and like it a lot but want to try an aluminum guarded one on the bike I’m building up now for a change up. Thanks guys

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2/13/2019 10:01 AM

BillyBigRigger wrote:

That’s a subrosa guard right?

I believe so. I got it from Kyle Hart's bike check.

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2/13/2019 11:16 AM

grumpySteve wrote:

Every guarded sprocket I've tried didn't really offer much protection. You can still hit your chain enough to break a link. But the odyssey mds definitely covered more than the fit key, or cinema reel

It's not a guarantee that your chain wont take damage but a guarded sprocket will offer more protection than a non-guard sprocket, that's just a fact.

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2/13/2019 11:18 AM

The new Federal guard sprocket is pretty slick, featuring a replaceable plastic guard. Plus if you don't want a guarded sprocket, you can just remove the guard

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2/13/2019 11:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/13/2019 11:21 AM

Aitkenisgod wrote:

I think you'll be happy with any of the above. I've got the LaGuardia and I run it with a Shadow interlock chain with no problems and it has been unbreakable so far.

RumHam wrote:

666 posts \m/

BillyBigRigger wrote:

What is the infatuation with 666 in the bmx scene?

Because it's "cool"! "Evil is cool!" I see it the same way metal bands name themselves. It used to be stuff like "destruction" or "Killers", whatever. Most people in the BMX scene don't want a bike part named Pink Bunny.... unless everyone has hopped on (pun intended) the "ironic" bandwagon, in which case, a ton of stuff would also be named weird shit that doesn't make sense.

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2/13/2019 11:24 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/13/2019 11:25 AM

grumpySteve wrote:

Every guarded sprocket I've tried didn't really offer much protection. You can still hit your chain enough to break a link. But the odyssey mds definitely covered more than the fit key, or cinema reel

Swaggy P wrote:

It's not a guarantee that your chain wont take damage but a guarded sprocket will offer more protection than a non-guard sprocket, that's just a fact.

Guard sprockets aren't really designed to protect the chain; more, to protect themselves and prevent bending/prevent damaging the teeth. Any chain protection is just a happy coincidence.

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- grumpySteve

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!""
- Hunter S. Thompson

2/13/2019 2:19 PM

dead goon wrote:

Just run it the right way.


BillyBigRigger wrote:

That’s a subrosa guard right?

dead goon wrote:

I believe so. I got it from Kyle Hart's bike check.

C’mon DeadGoon! You gotta know your roll man

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2/13/2019 2:21 PM

BillyBigRigger wrote:

C’mon DeadGoon! You gotta know your roll man

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2/13/2019 4:03 PM

One that has more spots to rotate is ideal

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2/13/2019 9:53 PM

BillyBigRigger wrote:

Vital gang, I’m wanting an aluminum guarded sprocket. I like the looks of the Daily Grind one and the BSD Guard sprocket most but the Odyssey LaGuardia, and the alum Subrosa one look appealing too. Are they all pretty much the same and it’s just a “pick which one looks best to you” type of deal or are some actually better than the others? I get the feeling I can’t go wrong with any of the above mentioned options. Thanks.

I like the wtp one with the replaceable plastic guard

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2/13/2019 11:48 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/13/2019 11:53 PM

If you ride switchfooted at all, definitely get a full-guard! I buy based on a few details. It's got to be 7000 series aluminum (preferably T6), It's got to have a thick guard and the more mounting holes, the better! For that reason I am switching to the Sunday Knox after my Laguardias wear out. There are many good ones though!

I was breaking and bending teeth when I was running an unguarded sprocket. Only a handful of those times were due to a bad grind, most were from sprocket stalls. I still hit my chain often with a Guarded sprocket but it is extra insurance. Even with how beat up my main sprockets are, they are dead straight. Pair it with a Shadow Supreme and you got a trustworthy setup!

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2/14/2019 4:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/14/2019 4:11 PM

I went with a Daily Grind guard sprocket. I like their low-key, midwest street vibe and love the grimey street edits they make. Pretty much chose this one because their youtube uploads are some of my most favorites. They have alot of ohio spots too in their edits.....I guess you can't run a shadow supreme chain on them but I run standard 510 chains anyway.

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