When it comes to Mountain Bike chainguide systems, E*Thirteen has been at the top for quite some time! Known for their high quality and ultimate performance, E*Thirteen chainguides are great products and perfect for that added chain security. Here in this review, Max Morgan is taking a closer look at the updated E*Thirteen LG1+ chainguide. Max chooses to run the LG1+ chainguide on both his Santa Cruz V10 downhill bike along with his Santa Cruz Hightower trail bike! Read more to learn more about the ultra versatile LG1+ chainguide.
The backbone of the latest E*Thirteen LG1+ was first introduced in 2015 and featured many improvements to the previous model. It only took E*Thirteen one year to figure out the top portion of the guide featuring a tooless removal needed to be changed. The newest LG1+ chainguides now uses a small torx bolt to secure the top piece around the chain. Each of the chainguide small parts that make up the full system are sold individually as well. If you break the bash guard for example, no need to buy a whole new guide.
E*Thirteen LG1+ Chainguide mounted without lower pulley or bash guard. Just throw the bashguard on when the trail gets rough.
The bash guard is removable with two T25 bolts
The LG1+ does its job even in nasty conditions
The E*Thirteen LG1+ chainguide is one of the best mountain bike chain retention systems on the market. Other brands like MRP and One Up have some comparable options but don't have the versatility the LG1+ brings to the table. I am able to run the LG1+ chainguide on all of my bikes. If you don't want to use a lower pulley on your guide, that's fine, just pop it right off and hit the trail. Chainguides have become less popular since narrow wide chainrings were introduced, but for the most chain security, the E*Thirteen LG1+ is a serious contender.
Max Morgan is 25 years old, and lives in Brevard, North Carolina. Max grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and started racing downhill at the age of 15. He has now been racing professionally for the last 7 years, competing in the U.S. Pro GRT series and UCI World Cup series. Check out Max's rider spotlight here!
Also check out Max's latest edit riding at Neko Mulally's Windrock Bike Park.