E-Thirteen LG1 chainguide review

Jul 1, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
This has got to be the easiest chainguide systems I've ever set up. It took me about twenty five minutes to install. If you are used to E-Thirteen Chainguides you shouldn't have any problems! Really simple system and extremely light, even with the 36 tooth E-Thirteen chainring. The chainring itself only weighs 37.26 grams. That’s lighter than a CD.After positioning my chainguide at a twelve o’clock position on my bike I made a few adjustments to the sliders and was pedaling down my driveway in no time. The Tech 2 Stealth idler was pretty quite compared to some other systems.

I’ve been testing this Chainguide for about six months now and have officially beat the crap out of it! After the first or second week I had to tighten the three bolts in the back plate. After those bolts set in, the system was all good. I never had problems with those again. I have been resetting the back plate and tightening my bottom bracket every two to three months though. I don't know if that has been caused by the chainguide or not?

*I’ve ran into that problem with all of the chain retention systems on the market.*

Within the time period I tested the LG1, I raced a handful of downhill races and was really impressed with it’s performance. This guide will give you the confidence you need to pedal your way to victory. That’s probably why E-Thirteen has the most world cup races and championships under it’s belt!


For being the lightest chain retention system on the market it sure is strong. The Carbon Composite material they use for low friction and long life is no joke.

The LG1 is a great system! Very race oriented design. I haven't tried every system out there but so far this is the best one I've come across.

www.e13components.com to learn more.


9 Comments

  • + 1
 I used this chainguide for 3 days of downhilling with the bashguard setup and its all bent already. The boomerang or even the iscg tabs on the frame are not strong enough to hold the bashguard. Im going back to e13 SRS pretty soon.... 200$... wasted!
  • + 1
 LG1 is complete trash- weak, unreliable set up. Taking mine off in pieces rather.. (LG1 served me for about 3 month vs MRP 2 years and will probobly do another 2 ) to install my MRP back. Just my opinion. I wish I ran in to this kind of review myself before I wasted over $100
  • + 2
 yah 25 minues to instal and 25 minutes to break. Mine flexed so much i touches the crank so i got so f*cking pissed i took it off and smashed with a hammer. I cant beleive i wasted $130 on a plastic piece of chinese shit
  • + 1
 Mine borken too, Rear pulley attachment cracked... plastic on a dh chaiguide it`s not a good choice
  • + 0
 I might be wrong but Im pretty sure MRP has the most WC wins out of any chainguide company. Works great for me and its silent.
  • + 1
 u r 100 percent rite this thing is complete garbage and sounds awful, the mrp one which is almost completely alike in everyway except for the fact it is quite, does loosen up, and flex like copper piping
  • - 1
 i run this chainguide with a standard aluminum bashguard and it works great. forget that goofy set up that they have and use the spiders that are acually made to take a hit.
  • + 1
 can we actually fit a complete bashguard over that top chainguide ?
  • + 0
 Better be light, cuz that 7point--is heavier than the bujesus!

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