Gamut Trail SXC chain guide review£40.00

Lightweight drivetrain security

BikeRadar score4/5

Despite the effectiveness of narrow/wide rings and clutch derailleurs, chain losses are still possible – so many enduro racers and aggressive riders use a lightweight top guide to keep their chain on track. At just 55g (ISCG-05), this beauty from Gamut promises the required security for a relatively small weight penalty.

Setup on our Focus SAM test rig was fairly straightforward, with the slider allowing enough horizontal room to access the full gear range but a little back-and-forth being required to prevent the chain fouling at extremes of the 160mm of travel (this is more likely to be a problem with more rear travel).

On the trail, the polyurethane slider with its rubberised sleeves deadens any chainslap noise and quietly gets on with its job. We’ve had no dropped chains or fouling issues on rough and rocky rides, even at the extremes of the cassette. Adjustable to fit 30 to 40t chainrings, the SXC is definitely a chain device worth considering if you want a bit of extra security and don’t need a bashguard.

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

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 192cm/6'3"
  • Weight: 85Kg/187 lbs
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 107cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
  • Beer of Choice: Buckfast ('Bucky' for short)
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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