There was a time when quite a few mountain bikes could be spotted with thick bash guards. Then, with the constant changing of crankset BCDs and advance of 1x cranksets, they sort of just fell out of favor. But that doesn’t mean the rocks, logs, and other obstacles that smash into your chainring have faded away. So if you’re thinking it’s time to re-install a bash guard onto your bike, Wolf Tooth Components has an interesting solution.
One of the challenges with fitting bash guards or rings these days is that many cranksets have proprietary splines for direct mount rings. It’s often no longer as simple as adding longer chainring bolts and a bash guard to your single ring set up.
To address that, WTC has taken their CAMO system and turned it into a ‘BashSpider’. Now, instead of the CAMO spider simply holding the ring in place, it also acts as a bash guard with the spider and guard built as one piece.
Initially, the BashSpiders will be available in splines for Shimano, SRAM, and RaceFace Cinch direct mount cranks. From there, you’ll have your choice of round or oval CAMO rings which bolt directly onto the BashSpider.
WTC calls this the “only crankset-mounted 3mm Boost crankset bash ring option in the world,” on account of the 52mm chainline meant for bikes with Boost 148mm rear spacing.
Machined in the USA from 7075-T6 aluminum, claimed weight for the BashSpider is around 103g with chainrings from 25-66g depending on the size. The BashSpider itself is only available in one size, which is big enough to protect a 28-34T round CAMO ring or a 30-32T elliptical CAMO ring. Like other CAMO systems, you can easily swap out chainrings without removing the spider.
Available now, the BashSpiders are priced at $59.95 each, and include ED coated steel bolts. Chainrings start at $49.95 in round or Elliptical.