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.

Wolf Tooth CAMO BashSpider options

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.

Wolf Tooth CAMO BashSpider chainline

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.

Wolf Tooth CAMO BashSpider 32t

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.

Wolf Tooth CAMO BashSpider  full shot

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.



  1. “Like other CAMO systems, you can easily swap out chainrings without removing the spider.”

    ^ How? The chainring is a smaller diameter so won’t go over the spider, plus it mounts on the inside. While you can technically change the ring *after you remove the cranks* without having to remove the spider from the RH crank, doing so will be way more complicated than with the regular CAMO spider, or Switch.

    • Note how I did not say “without removing the cranks.” For someone that doesn’t have the direct mount chainring tool and a vice (yes, you can do it without a vice, but it makes it much simpler), it’s much easier to swap out chainrings. Yes, you will have to remove the cranks with this one over the standard CAMO spider, but the act of removing the ring with a T25 Torx is the same.

  2. i like how they took the standard 4 bolt 104 BCD standard that allows you to change your rings while the crank is still on the bike and then replaced it with a 5 bolt what ever BCD because 5 bolts is easier and quicker than 4 bolts. and they already made 4 bolt chain rings so now they have to make 5 bolt one too. oh and they didnt make them 110 BCD 5 bolt, they had to invent their own. oh and you can only go to small on the ring cause they didnt make them as small as say 64 BCD so it you want to go to a 26 tooth ring then you are out of luck.

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