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MRP Bling Ring Direct Mount Chainring and MICRO G2 SL Chain Guide

Components Sea Otter Classic

MRP had their new Bling Ring direct mount chainrings and updated MICRO G2 SL Chain Guide on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

The Bling Ring mounts to SRAM X0, X9 and Truvativ AKA Cranks (replaces the spider and mounts directly to the crank arm via a splined, three-bolt interface). You are no longer limited by diameter of the bolt circle (like on a 104 crank) so MRP can make these real small (28 is the smallest gear possible) so 1×9 or 1×10 on a 29er is possible.

-available in 5 sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, and 36T options)
-40% lighter than a traditional chainring and spider setup
-Color: Gunmetal Gray
MSRP: $69.95

These should be available at full strength very soon.

The MICRO G2 SL Chain Guide is now available in 28-32T size and work great with the Bling Ring.

-Patented Integrated Skid Plate Design
-5mm thick CNC Alloy Boomerang with weight-optimized reliefs
-Replaceable polycarbonate Skid w/full boomerang support
-3-point attachment of Skid to Boomerang
-Redesigned derailleur cage style upper guide providing full chain enclosure
-Integrated Skid/Lower Guide including sealed bearing pulley wheel
-Enhanced Lower Guide rigidity and protection
-Front-access, single-bolt positioning of upper and lower guide with captive hardware
-Low profile installation compatible with wide range of chain lines
-Available in ISCG or ISCG 05 mounting standards
-Black or White
MSRP: $150

-Low weight, more protection
-3-point attachment of Skid to Boomerang
-Skid resides 2mm inboard of chainring for the same amount of protection as a traditional bash
-Integrated Skid/Lower Guide including sealed bearing pulley wheel
-Skid adds structural integrity to boomerang, and provides inner lower guide surface
-Seamless transition when sliding over rocks and obstacles
-Easy to install and adjust
-Skid adds structural integrity to boomerang, and provides inner lower guide surface
-Minimized chance of crunching the lower guide

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