Would a single sprocket + 8 speed chain + single chain wheel used in combination with a IGH last longer than a 10 speed cassette + 10 speed chain + 3x chain wheels?
Image I have 2 bicycles.
Bike 1 has a IGH Rohloff Speedhub 14 with
- 16T sprocket,
- 40T chainwheel and
- 8 speed chain
- using chain tensioner (the spring loaded one, not a tugnut). The chain tensioner is compulsory :)
Bike 2 has a
- 10 speed cassette (11T-36T),
- 3xchain wheels (40T,30T,22T) and
- 10 speed chain.
Both drive trains are used in the same conditions and maintained and cleaned at the same time and in the same manner.
Which drive train will last longer?
What influence does the chain tensioner in the IGH setup have?
In the IGH setup, the same sprocket and chainwheel are used for every ride.
In the 10 speed setup there are more cogs to choose from. The wear is spread out.
I think the 10 speed setup will last longer because there are more cogs.