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Wegotitugetit



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:28 pm    Post subject: What chain ? Reply with quote

So flicking through eBay trying to get my bike sorted within the next week and I don't have a clue on chains

Had cheap before but I just snap them so want something decent to fit my Scott aspect 55

Any ideas also the length please ?
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Magnus



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can't go wrong with a Shimano chain i usually opt for XT. up-market KMC chains are just as good IMO

for length there is a system for wrapping around various cogs and working out the angle of the dangle. loads of videos on utube. But what i do is count the links on the old chain and cut the new one to match. don't measure the old chain with a tape measure because it will have worn and will be considerably longer than you need.

one more thing to note is, if you haven't fitted a new chain for a long time the sprocket gears will have worn and the new chain wont match the pitch of the teeth on the sprocket; therefore it will slip. you may have to fit a new rear cassette as well, in extreme cases you may also need to fit a chain wheel or 3.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree^

Shimano chains but buy a quick link so you dont have to mess about with special shimano pins.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For chain length the rough guide would be chain on the big ring at the front, small ring on the back and the jockey wheels would be vertically aligned.
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Magnus



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robmet wrote:
Agree^

Shimano chains but buy a quick link so you dont have to mess about with special shimano pins.


agreed Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used loads of shimano chains in my time, you can't go wrong with them,,,,but as suggested, the pin system on them is a bit of a pain...so do get a split link if using them. Have to admit, I've became a bit of a KMC chain convert the last couple of year.....the split link system is ace and they are good reliable chains that shift well - the gold ones look pretty on the bike tooooooooooo!! Very Happy Cool Embarassed Cool Cool Cool

Good advice from magnus - check your cassette and chainrings too....as they - like all moving parts - do wear.

in all honesty,,,just converted my bike to 1 x 10.. (so new front chainring and expander)...and tried to run it with the existing XT cassette and KMC chain... it just wasn't having it,,,,ran like a bag of sh@t!!! new cassette and chain (same spec as before) and a bit of fettling and she's running like a dream again! Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XT 11-36 cassette here with a KMC lightweight chain, and raceface n/w 34t chainring.

Runs like a dream.

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