Superstar XCR (BB fit) chain device review

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£17

Superstar XCR (BB fit) chain device

BikeRadar verdict

70.0 out of 5 stars

"This strong budget option is a little rough around the edges but does the job perfectly well"

Friday, June 8, 2012 9.00am By

From the masters of reasonably priced mountain bike products comes this cracking value device. We chose the bottom bracket fit, but you can get a seat tube clamp (31.8 and 34.9mm diameters) for £3 more. While you don’t get refinements such as retained nuts for ease of fitting (you have to get a spanner onto the nut at the back) or the minimalist looks of the MRP and e*thirteen, you do get a device that works perfectly well. 

With such a wide ring adjustment range we found the aluminium backplate reaching high above the guide when we ran our 36-toother. This detracted from the minimalist look but wasn’t a big deal.

Once fitted (instructions aren’t included) the guide gave plenty of leg room for the chain, allowing it to change through our 10-speed setup without rubbing. With the guide snugly down over the sides of the ring there was no danger of the chain coming off either.

There’s a huge range of colours, and you can choose the backplate (black, red, gold, lime green, orange, blue) and guide (white, black, blue, yellow, red, lime green, orange) colours independently for a huge number of combinations. You also get a two-year warranty, so there are no worries about premature breakage.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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Specification

Name:
XCR (BB Fit) (12)
Brand:
Superstar Components
Price:
£17

Weight (g):
76
Features:
*Adjustment range: 32-42 tooth *Fittings: BB, seat tube clamp

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