Interbike Bits: Paul Components 1x Chain Guide
The new Chain Keeper BB from Paul Components gives riders another guide option for single chainring setups. Photo by Zach White Though Paul Components originally designed chain guides for singlespeeds and cyclocross bikes, “Paul” says he’s seeing a growing trend of riders using the Chain…
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Though Paul Components originally designed chain guides for singlespeeds and cyclocross bikes, “Paul” says he’s seeing a growing trend of riders using the Chain Keeper for 1×9/10 mountain bike setups.
This new shift in popularity ultimately brought about the Chain Keeper BB.
“With ‘cross bikes and singlespeed frames, we were able to get away with just a couple of clamp sizes [to mount on the seat tube], and didn’t have to worry about suspension linkage getting in the way, either,” Paul said. “But with all the different diameter tubes and suspension designs out there for mountain bikes, there was no way we could make a seat tube mounted guide for each one. So we introduced a bottom bracket mounted version this year.”
Available now, the simple design has an open underbelly in its chain groove, and is tapered out the back to accommodate the usual range of chainlines throughout rear-derailleur shifting.
The Chain Keeper BB retails for $55, is compatible with 28-29t chainrings, and the
machined aluminum guide is made in Chico, California.