The cogs (gears) at the front of your drive chain, connected to the cranks.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

6
votes
6answers
9k views

Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?

Bikes with two or three chainrings are the norm, and then there are singlespeeds, but except for kids' bikes, you see almost no stock bikes with a single chainring in front but a cassette and ...
4
votes
5answers
7k views

Why use 54T (or bigger) chainring?

In time trial races, I see people are using these big chainrings. Is 50/11 combination doesn't give enough top speed? What's the real advantage? I can only think of the negative, which is it makes the ...
1
vote
2answers
171 views

Hybrid bike - would like to switch to a single front chainring, what are my options?

I have this bike (19" size): http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/elite_trail_x4.htm I'm doing some things to it to simplify it and reduce its weight for my city commute I've been doing ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

What large chainrings are compatible with Shimano FC6603 crankset?

On my race bike I have a crankset FC6603. I want to replace my outer chain ring (My inner and middle chainrings are OK). But I cannot find an online store where they sell the outer chainring of this ...
-2
votes
1answer
47 views

How do I find chainrings? [duplicate]

I've got Sram x7 3x10 crankset, and now it's time to change chainrings. But I'm really confused about what should I choose: there are lots of options (e.g. here: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ru/...
2
votes
0answers
35 views

shimano fc4400 double chainring replacement

I am looking to replace my Tiagra fc4400 52t chainring, however it seems to be out of stock everywhere. Based on the parameters (130BCD, 52t) I found a few alternatives, however all of them are 10 ...
3
votes
1answer
38 views

Basic chainset compatibility question

I need to replace my chainset (42x34x22). Would a 42x32x22 be a compatible replacement?
1
vote
3answers
124 views

Can I ride a triple front chainring with no front deraileruer

I've managed to strip the threads on my front deraileruer mechanism. Its off the bike now - can I ride it as-is until I locate a new front mechanism? The chain does stay on the front chainring where ...
4
votes
4answers
110 views

Inner chainring bent on 6 week old MTB

I bought a new Voodoo Bizango 2015 6 weeks ago. When I was out earlier I changed down and the chain somehow got wedged between the 2 front chainrings (It's 2x10) and bent the inner ring. I've read on ...
1
vote
1answer
163 views

Need Hidden nut for SRAM Force 1 chainring

I purchased a 50t Force 1 x-sync chainring. The SRAM install instructions say to place the hidden nut (thin item that has "teeth" on the outside that becomes "permanent" in the chainring once ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

If chain/ BB/ casette are dead can chainrings and derailleurs still be OK?

I bought a brand new bike last May (2015 Brodie Elan) and proceeded to put 11,000km on it by November (cross Canada ride plus some commuting). Around the 11,000km mark I brought it back to the shop ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

Chain vs seatstay with a 50T Chainring - BMX frame

I plan to put a 50T chainring on my bmx but I am afraid to have an interference between the chain and the frame. Does anybody know what is the critical distance between the seatstay and the chain so ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

Shimano 105 - double chainring on triple chainset?

I ordered a middle chainring (39T) to change on my 105 5703 chainset. I didn't realise until it arrived that it specifies it is for a double chainset. Does this mean it will not fit on the triple? I ...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

Changing Shimano 105 triple chainset to compact

I'm looking to buy a used 2015 Cube Agree GTC Race. The only drawback is that it has a triple chainset, and I would prefer a compact. Which parts might I have to replace apart from the chainset itself?...
1
vote
2answers
61 views

Rear Cassette worn + needs replacing - what other components to replace?

I have picked up a bike (Specialized Allez) recently that has a very worn cassette from not replacing the chain for an extended period of time. Therefore am looking to change it. I was wondering what ...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Can I increase my highest gear ratio?

I have a modern bike (ridgeback meteor '13) and It currently has a 21 speed shimano chainset. I find that going down hills (which I do a lot) and on flats I need a higher gear. Can I do anything to ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Mountain bike crankset chainring compatibility

I have a Shimano Deore LX crankset. I would like to replace the outer chainring. What manufacturer chainrings are compatible with my crankset ? My outer chainring takes all of the abuse, due to ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Are chainrings specific to double or triple cranksets?

I have a 2008 Specialized Allez with a triple crankset. The large and middle rings were getting worn so I bought replacements of identical tooth counts for them. However, after installing them I found ...
5
votes
2answers
227 views

How do I change the granny gear on a cheap Walmart mountain bike?

I have a cheap ($100) 26" Walmart mountain bike (Hyper Summit) that has a triple chainring (24,34,42). It appears there is no easy way to remove the granny gear since it has what looks like some type ...
2
votes
1answer
175 views

What needs to be changed if I put in a larger chainring?

My current bicycle is a 2013 Specialized Allez C2. It has an 8 speed rear cassette. If I swap the current chainring (50/32) to a larger one (52/36 OR 54/39), other than the chain itself, what else ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Trek 26" mtb disc, how to change up crank set /gear size? [duplicate]

What should I consider with regard to the front gear (derailleur) selector unit when changing up from a 42 to a 48 tooth crankset? I have changed a few similar cranksets but not done a gear ratio lift....
2
votes
1answer
184 views

Can I use a SRAM X0 Crank with Shimano XT chain rings?

I have a SRAM X0 crank on my MTB, and I want to buy some Shimano XT chain rings from a mate. Will they fit? Or is the BCD, Spider shapre, bolt size etc incompatible. All are 10 speed.
3
votes
1answer
225 views

Chain coming off with internal hub gear bike - why?

I have a Raleigh Caprice bike, about 7 years old, with sturmey archer 3 speed hub gears. There have been some problems with the hub gears in the past 9 months, which have been fixed by a mechanic. ...
3
votes
2answers
222 views

Converting triple crank to single or double

I got triple crank (44-32-22) and 3x9 speed drivetrain. What will I need and is it possible to remove some of the chainrings and convert the crank to single or double? Will I need new parts or ...
4
votes
1answer
287 views

Why is my electric bike 'clanking' under load?

I have a Giant Esprit Twist Power electric bike, which apart from not having nearly enough words in its name also has a problem related to the crank. When I put a lot of load through the pedals there ...
4
votes
1answer
15k views

Shimano Chainring Compatability

In my previous question we determined that I probably need new chainrings. I was/am planning on replacing the chainrings, and leaving the original crank. Now this bike is running Shimano 105 FC-5600 ...
1
vote
2answers
383 views

How to change 2x11 to 3x11 on mtb

Hey I was wondering how you would change a chainset from 2x11 to 3x11 on a Carrera Fury (SRAM components) Thanks
2
votes
4answers
143 views

is this cassette and chain ring combination good in terms of number of teeth?

I recently bought a used bike which has a shimano alivio 8 speed gearset. When I look at the drivetrain, it really looks small to me. Below are the size of them in terms of the number of teeth: ...
12
votes
4answers
859 views

Why use multiple materials on chainrings?

Why is it that on a typical mid-level road triple crankset, the outer rings (larger rings) will be aluminum, while the inner ring (small ring) is chro-mo? It seems to me that if aluminium was good ...
7
votes
3answers
671 views

Do aluminium chainrings/cassettes contribute to chain wear?

In trying to achieve a long lasting, low maintenance drivetrain, I've read statements about aluminium oxide being the source of the black colour of chain dirt and also being highly abrasive: ...
4
votes
3answers
237 views

Could I use a 30 tooth chainring with my current crankset?

a few months back I installed a 34 tooth narrow-wide chainring in my Santa Cruz Bronson. I decided to install the 34 tooth chainring, basically, because I couldn't fit any other smaller chainring ...
2
votes
2answers
167 views

triple chainring with with single speed freewheel

I have a Hero Sprint Axis (with 18T freewheel).I ride mostly on flat roads, but want more top speed and a lower gear for starting from standstill. Is it possible to just install a triple chainring ...
3
votes
1answer
88 views

Shimano Sora 3500 (3x9) and Alivio front derailleur

Please help rebuild my bike :) I have Scott Sub 30 2011 http://www.evanscycles.com/products/scott/sub-30-2011-hybrid-bike-ec025449 and right now I would like to change shifters to Shimano Sora 3500 (...
10
votes
3answers
578 views

How do I tell if my cog needs replacing?

Two answers to this question gather that after 14335 km (8907 mi) of cycling with a single chain, the cog is at risk of being damaged. I haven't noticed anything unusual apart from the chain being ...
1
vote
1answer
206 views

Can I replace my Shimano outer chain ring with a SRAM?

I need to replace my outer chain ring. I am currently running a 50t, I'm pretty sure it's a 130 BCD. I am considering a SRAM Outer chain ring as a replacement. I assume as long as measurements are ...
1
vote
2answers
574 views

what is the biggest chainring I can put on my mountain bike?

I am going to do a 'gravel grind' ride with lots of elevation gain and want to be able to keep up with the cyclocross bike riders. From what I understand they have 46/36 chainrings. My mountain bike ...
2
votes
1answer
825 views

Are chain ring spacers a good solution to adjust chain line?

I recently converted my mountain bike from a 2x10 to a 1x10. I have a Shimano XT Hollowtech ii crankset and I like it a lot, but its traditionally a 2 speed crankset. When I'm in my 1st gear on the ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

How do you remove the sprocket from an eighthinch splined BMX style crankset?

I have the EighthInch Freestyle Splined Crankset. These are very similar to profile bmx cranksets. I purchased a larger sprocket to use with the crankset. I've used a crank puller to remove the drive ...
1
vote
3answers
73 views

Campagnolo chainring bolt stuck to crank

I have a Campagnolo 11 speed Athena setup. I am enjoying a noisy creak which I suspect is located in my chainring bolts. I have replaced all of them, except the one that screws the chainring to the ...
2
votes
1answer
140 views

Front shifter has three positions, but front chainring is only double. Is this a problem?

My Merida Cyclocross 3 bike has a double chainring at the front. After a few weeks of being a little annoyed about the awkward shifting when going up steep hills, I realized that the front shifter and ...
1
vote
2answers
152 views

Can I install a double chainset on a bike that was originally designed for a triple chainset?

I have a BTwin Triban 3 which has a triple chainset that needs replacing. I am thinking of replacing it with a double chainset this time. Is this possible, or do I need new shifters and a different ...
3
votes
6answers
1k views

What is the easiest to upgrade my chainrings from a double to a triple?

I have a 2007 Specialized Tarmac Pro Double and I need some better gearing. I am doing more hill climbs and I feel that I need at least two lower gears than I already have. What would be the most ...
1
vote
2answers
335 views

Which chainring? Shimano M785

So I've never changed a chainring before. But the first step is finding the right one. I have a Cube Hyde SL 2012 . It describes the crankset as Shimano Deore XT FC-M785 Hollowtech II 42x26T., 175mm,...
0
votes
1answer
259 views

Are Osymetric chainring and power2max Classic power meter compatible?

I'm thinking about trying the famous Osymetric chainrings, and I would like to use it with a power2max Classic power meter. I just want to be sure that there are compatible? It's very difficult to ...
1
vote
2answers
91 views

Chain Slip at front changing from large to small front chain wheel (with large cog at back)

I have a Pinnacle Neon 3 Hybrid, Shimano Sora 9 speed cassette and 2 chainrings at the front. The bike is 2 weeks old and I've cycled around 65 miles so far. Chain ring has come off 3 times at the ...
2
votes
1answer
352 views

Upgrading from 50/34 to 50/39 with Shimano Sora?

I have a road-biased hybrid that came with a compact 110mm BCD 50/34 Shimano Sora crankset and chainrings. I'd like to upgrade the inner ring to 39, but I'm having some trouble figuring out what to ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

Can I add 3rd chainring to a an old Sugino double?

I have a vintage (165mm-Crnk) Sugino 40/48 on here now, but am looking to add some gear range for up hill with med-sm load. I have a Tiagra short cage RD and a Sora double FD. I am friction shifting. ...
0
votes
2answers
446 views

Race Face Crank/Chainring Compatibility

I have a Race Face Evolve DH crankset which takes 104 BCD chainrings. However, I pulled a 104 BCD chainring off a Shimano Acera Crankset and the rings don't interface properly with the Race Face ...
0
votes
1answer
195 views

What symptoms can I expect from two broken teeth on a chainring?

Dealing with chain skipping (but mostly on the smaller chainrings, truth be told) I've wondered how these affect the riding and how many problems and what kind should i expect from these two broken ...
4
votes
1answer
172 views

'1 1/8' vs '1/2 1/8' chain/chainring

Some 1/8 chains and chainrings are sold as "1/2 1/8" and some as "1 1/8". What is the first number describing? My understanding is that practically all modern chains have a 1/2 inch pitch.