Chainset recommendations....1x8 bike

marts500 Posts: 85
edited May 2012 in The workshop
I am building up a 1x8 commute bike from scratch and need something like a 36t - 42t chainset....any thoughts.


  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    Depends on your commute, I run a 1x9 with 11-28 cassette on 26" wheels using a 46T front wheel, with that I average 18mph over my commute and can still grind up the steepest hills I have to climb.
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • jomoj
    jomoj Posts: 777
    Really almost anything will do but you'd be best off adapting a double chain set for the best chain line. You'll need a chain retention device as well, either an old front mech, a proper chainkeeper (superstar components do a decent one) or some chain guards. I have a SRAM apex chainset with a 38t ring, an outer chainguard and a dog fang to keep the chain from coming off the inside and have used this from cx racing so I know it's pretty secure.