2-Piece Titanium Bash Guard — 41 Grams Of Custom Fabrication From Texas

Joe Rogers Custom Ti Bash Guard On Crank

This is a truly unique product coming from a private fabricator in Spring, TX. He is only making one style of bash guard. So if you happen to be rocking a 104bcd spider (bcd = bolt circle diameter), or are thinking of piecing together a new rig from scratch, you ought to consider Joe Rogers’ custom Ti work. Bash through the break for more pics and info…

Titanium 44t Chainring  Made By Rogers For Olympic Silver Medalist Sam Willoughby

6al-4v Ti is the same material Rogers uses for his other fabrications, i.e., chainrings. The one pictured here is a titanium 44t chainring made by Rogers for Olympic Silver Medalist Sam Willoughby.

Joe Rogers Custom Ti Bash Guard Two Piece

His bash guard design is a two-piece, allowing for far less required material. The result — ring protection where you need it, and none where you don’t. That and the fact this thing only weights 41 grams.

Joe Rogers Custom Ti Bash Guard Profile View

Again, assuming your current or future spider is 104bcd (bcd information is often stamped on the rings themselves), Rogers is even sweetening the deal by offering free matte or gold-anodized finishes. Bling bling for $65 or your best trade in! (Yes, Rogers is entertaining bike-part trade offers. Take note those of you working in the cycling industry.)

Joe Rogers Custom Ti Bash Guard Close Up

Rogers is selling via Pinkbike with ticker name RogersJoe14 — catch him here.


Ilikeicedtea - 07/15/14 - 9:38pm

Doesn’t look 3D printed.

That’s the snarkiest thing I could come up with for a good looking product.

Gotta adhere to the BR mystique.

Paul in VA - 07/15/14 - 10:10pm


Jupes - 07/15/14 - 10:34pm

Beautiful work, especially the chainrings.

kj - 07/16/14 - 12:15am

Those are so nice I’d want a bash guard for the bash guard.

Matt Ackland - 07/16/14 - 12:56am

I had Joe make me some custom Ti Singlespeed rear cogs in 17-20t…. Those things are a work of art…
He hinted that NW chainrings were on the cards too.
Let me know if you want pics to add to the article Bikerumour……..

SPCMike - 07/16/14 - 2:48am

@ Matt Ackland….NW chainring like the Ti one that’s right behind the bash gaurd in the pictures above!? lol

tonik666 - 07/16/14 - 3:07am

Although it’s beautiful, I’d still prefer a full-sized circular bash, especially due to my legs being safer from the chainring (ahd te sharp edges of this bash don’t look great either), and for better strength (4 bolts in two directons compared to two in line) as the other reason.

AL - 07/16/14 - 3:37am

I’ll definitely have one of those narrow-wide chainrings shown behind the bash guard! That bluing looks awesome!

GloryIsInTheDetails - 07/16/14 - 8:43am

bcd? What the…..! Why create another.. useless acronym in a sea of already over used acronyms that is the internet and all things in it? What was wrong with the current standard PCD? Ya know.. Pitch Circle Diameter… *insert eyeroll here*

Ck - 07/16/14 - 9:07am

This is some delicious titanium porn right here.

Ryan - 07/16/14 - 9:21am

I now need a bash guard, wow.

i - 07/16/14 - 10:12am

obviously you haven’t been biking more than a couple months. BCD as an acronym has been in use since at least the mid 70s, on the other hand I’ve never heard PCD, and pitch is not what anyone is talking about here, it’s mounting bolts. If you bothered to look at the data sheets for a shimano or campy crank you’d see the term without definition, since anyone who knows enough to buy a chainring already knows what BCD is.

Drew - 07/16/14 - 10:16am

BCD (bolt circle diameter) refers to the bolt pattern.
PCD refers to the pitch circle, which is usually a gear design reference. They are not the same thing and are largely independent. BCD is the correct term in this case.

Mamil - 07/16/14 - 11:17am

Do these half guards really work? They look like a great way to snap your crank’s chain ring tabs.

kev - 07/16/14 - 11:49am

would be rad if they came in 94 bcd and 76mm for the sram camp

groghunter - 07/16/14 - 12:28pm

@Mamil I’d bet that you’d snap the bash or the bolts before the tabs, but that’s just gut instinct.

joed - 07/16/14 - 4:45pm

Lead with your right foot? Protection fine. Lead with your left foot and you’re exposed to rocks kicked up by the front tire. I’ve lost a few chain ring teeth that way…granted, that was with a triple chain ring setup, but…

nrdbomber - 07/16/14 - 7:35pm

…don’t be so harsh …and don’t be so cocky …Shimano has been using PCD off and on for many years …look at your most recent Shimano chainring purchase, it likely says PCD:

Matt Ackland - 07/17/14 - 12:39am

@SPCMIKE…. yep… that would be the one….
Viewing on a mobile device aint great!

Rob - 07/17/14 - 6:43am

I should point out that titanium (while light weight and stiff) is very brittle compared to most steel alloys.

See Polyanskii et al 2003 “Evaluation of the Brittleness of Titanium Alloys in Terms of Mechanical Properties and Fracture Patterns” Metal Science and Heat Treatment
January 2003, Volume 45, Issue 1-2, pp 61-64

AndrewH - 07/28/14 - 1:04am

Just got mine and instlled it. It’s BADA**! The attention to detail is amazing. Thanks Joe!

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