Questions tagged [drivetrain]

Questions about a bicycle's drivetrain system, including the chain, gears, chainring, derailers, etcetera.

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Cage Length (Rear Derallieur) and Total Capacity

My drivetrain required total capacity is 14. (folding bicycle Dahon Eco C6, 14-28 rear, 1x front) The rear derailleur (Shimano TZ50, which I purchased), has total capacity = 34 and a long cage. Are ...
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What parts of 12-speed drivetrains are compatible between brands?

Now that Shimano has released their own 12-speed MTB drivetrains (SLX and XT), I have the following question: What parts of these drivetrains are compatible between Shimano and SRAM? I would guess ...
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How important is it to clean your drivetrain?

For the first time in my life I took the time to properly clean the drivetrain of a bike. How proper it was might be debatable, but for the first time I saw that the gears are not actually black. I'...
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9 speed chain doesn't fit 9 speed cassette

In all my years of working on bikes, this is a first. Bought a new 9 speed KMC chain and 9 speed cassette to replace a worn 9 speed drivetrain recently (single chain ring). Went to put everything on ...
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Creaking sound when pedaling [audio clip included]

Something is creaking on my Cannondale while pedaling with force. It is easier to hear in low gears, when climbing. An audio clip tells it better than any literal description, so here is a recording ...
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Drivetrain replacement or upgrade - 2009 Cannondale Six 6

A couple different shops have suggested that it’s time to replace my drivetrain. Chain has stretched and gears are losing shape. The rear cassette is an SRAM PG-950 12-26 9 speed. Crank is Tiagra 30/...
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Problems indexing gears

I have a Boardman CX Team 2014 with some indexing issues. It's running a Shimano Sora ST-3500 9 speed shifter with a Shimano Sora rear mech. The gears had not been running all that smoothly and, as I ...
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Upgrading 9spd Allez to 105

I've got a ~2007 Specialized Allez double with a Sora/Tiagra drivetrain that's gotten pretty worn from years of use. I'm thinking of upgrading it to the the latest 105 R7000. Would be my first time ...
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Convert to belt drive

Is it generally possible to convert a drivetrain on a bike from a chain to belt drive? What exactly is involved with this task?
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Got rust on chain and cassette

I have a pretty new bike (5 years) and just recently got all the transmission very rusty (https://imgur.com/a/AlCts9b). Several things happened: · Degreased it thoroughly (probably too much) · ...
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Drivetrain, components of different brand

Do all parts of the drive train have to be of the same brand? Can the chain be a different brand from the rest of the drive train? Cassette, crank, derailleurs?
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Changing cassette road bike

I have an 11-25T cassette with a Sora derailleur on my road bike. There are a ton of hills around me that I am struggling on when I'm on my road bike but not my mountain. I can easily remove the ...
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3x9 speed to a 1x9 speed conversion

I want to convert my 27 speed 3x9 to a 1x9. What do you recommend for chainring and cassette combinations? What are the cautions?
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How to choose between 10 speed vs 12 speed drivetrain on mountain bike. Pros and Cons

I'm buying a mountain bike from a company that lets you choose the drivetrain. I am having trouble deciding whether to go for a 1 x 10 speed Deore option (11-42) or a 1 x 12 speed SLX (recently ...
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Chain Cleaning Frequency vs Cost

I got myself a new 2019 Giant Trance 2. I am loving it and am doing lots of off road trails here in Texas. A typical ride for me is about 4-6 hours and maybe 10-20 miles depending on the inclines. I'...
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Cassette, chainring, chain compatibility

I've taken on trying to nurse my husband's bike back to life. It is a 2012 Specialize Venge with Dura-Ace Di2 (very old version); Specialized pro FACT carbon chain rings, Ultegra 10-speed cassette. ...
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Lateral movement on rear cassette

My cassette (SRAM XG-1175) moves axially about 5 to 8mm (in line with the axle, not up and down) on my hub (whatever is standard on a 2016 Enduro Elite) But the part of the hub the cassette mounts to ...
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Shimano Front Chainwheel FC-MC19 Replacement?

I have Shimano FC-MC19 22/32/42 175mm crankset on my MTB for 17 years and it's time to replace it but I find it difficult to figure out what new crankset will fit my bicycle. Two years ago I replaced ...
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Will microSHIFT ADVENT 9 speed handle 46t, 50t large sprockets?

Title says it all. As we have 11-50t 9 speed cassetes available now, I was curious if anyone tried to use them with microSHIFT advent? or I have to be the first one to try it out? That would be ...
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Is it cost-effective to upgrade an old-ish Giant Escape R3 commuter bike with entry-level branded parts (wheels, drivetrain)?

I'm currently using a 5 year-old Giant Escape R3 (2015)(https://www.giant.co.jp/giant15/bike_datail.php?p_id=00000060) hybrid bike that I bought used (down to $400 from $500 retail price) from a bike ...
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Okay to use new KMC master link on old KMC 11spd chain?

I took my 11spd KMC bike chain off a few days ago to give it a good cleaning and re-mounted it to the drivetrain using a master link and park tool master link pliers. I must have not set it correctly ...
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Independent drivetrains on tandem bicycle

On a standard tandem frame, is it possible to build a tandem bicycle with independent drivetrains for the two riders? Is there a custom frame builder that would build a tandem like this? I'm aware of ...
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Chain guides; yay or nay? [closed]

So, recently i've bought a new chainring online and it will be sent to my home soon. And i thought to myself, should i get a chain guide? The chainring has narrow wide teeth so the chain will not fall ...
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Pie plate cog on SRAM 2x

Okay guys, I'm trying to re-find fitness in my mid-40s. My bike has a SRAM Apex (don't laugh, if it's good enough for Alberto Contador, it's good enough for me - and you!) 10-speed drivetrain with ...
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Change from 2 chain rings to single chain ring on a MTB. What size should I take?

My current drive train is pretty much used up and needs replacement. I thought with this occasion, I could replace my curret drive train (2 chain rings, 10 speed cassette) with a singe chain ring and ...
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Can I somehow attach a bashguard on top of largest chainring?

I have a 1x system with an ordinary 104BCD chainring and I bought a bashguard foolishly thinking it goes on top of that. Turns out a bashguard typically replaces the largest cog and I've got only one. ...
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Shimano FC-RS500 11 speed chainset with 10 speed cassette and chain

Is it possible to use a Shimano 11 speed crankset FC-RS500 with a 10 speed ultegra cassette and chain. I will be using 105 5700 front deraileur and a 105 5701 rear. Thanks
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Any chainless bikes in US

I've had a Dynamic Tempo chainless bike for about 12 years, but it finally broke down. It looks like Dynamic Bikes is no longer in business (or at least the web page for them is not - transfers to ...
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Marin Fairfax Alp 2011 - Can I fit a 11-32t Cassette

I currently have a Shimano LG50 12-25t 8 speed cassette and am finding it a real struggle on steep hills - I am around 13 stone (82kg). This is the first time I have looked at changing the original ...
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Ultegra 6510 shifter broken - upgrade to 10 speed?

My Ultegra 6510 9 speed right shifter broke. The screw holding shift lever to the back of the break lever popped out taking the threads with it. I don't know what the root cause of the problem but I ...
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How long can I safely use a chain for?

My chain is well over the 0.75% extension at which I would normally replace it. However, the cassette and chainrings are also old enough that a new chain would slip on them, so they would also need ...
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Would a IGH drive train last longer than a derailleur drive train?

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 ...
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Can a 21 speed Shimano Tourney groupset get converted into a 7-speed?

I currently ride a 3x7 Tourney bike, which I’ve upgraded moderately and it is riding nice. I’d like to know if I can somehow replace my 3-crankset for a simple one, and also get rid off the front ...
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Sora R3000 STI shifters compatibility

Are the new Sora R3000 STI shifters compatible with dura ace 7700 brakes and derailleurs? Thanks
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Skipping on new chain, new cassette, new derailleur

For a long time I have been having issues with chain skipping on my 1999 Trek 6500. I took a video to illustrate exactly what I mean by "skipping": Over the last ...
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Ultegra on Trek Crockett 5

I have 2 questions regarding the switch to Ultegra. I already have Ultegra 32 cassette on my Trek because I build another set of Vision road wheels. Would it be possible to switch completely from the ...
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How to find a fitting drivetrain

I'm currently building up a new bike from a vintage Scott Windriver MTB frame. My plan is to install a Shimano Zee 10-Speed drivetrain because I don't really need more gears in my area, I want it to ...
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Chain Pops When Leaving Cogs

This problem has consumed a lot of time and resources and has yet to be solved. This is a basic Giant Iguana mtb, with a Deore rear derailleur, SRAM 950 9-sp cassette, Truvativ chainrings, Shimano ...
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Mixing Dura Ace 9000 drivetrain with ultegra?

I'd like to mix the DA9K drivetrain (chain, chainrings, front and rear mech, excluding the cassette) with my current ultegra 6800 setup. I dislike the DA shifters, but I'm ready to upgrade my shifting ...
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Fixed gear drivetrain problem

Sometimes, when I put a lot of pressure on my pedals while accelerating or skidding, my pedals "drop" like when your cog is unscrewing. I have a lock ring, so it's not unscrewing. I've recently ...
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Have multi-speed non-freewheeling bikes ever been common?

Prompted by a recent question I was pondering the idea of bikes with variable gearing (derailleur or otherwise) but without the ability to freewheel. Have such bikes ever been widely used? They would ...
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ISO narrow-wide steel chainrings in higher tooth counts >30T

I know Surly, Sram, RaceFace and Wolf Tooth have offerings in small BCD and proprietary fixing systems (cinch & X-sync), but generally only come in one, MTB-range size. Anyone know of a ...
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Installing a new Shimano compact crank on an older bottom bracket?

I would like to know if I could install a new Shimano compact crank on an older bottom bracket that has a center bolt extraction system? Do I need to change the spindle in the bottom bracket? Do I ...
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Shimano Mountain Bike Cassette Comparison

Can anyone explain to me the difference between the cassettes of different MTB Shimano groupsets in terms of value for money and durability? In particular I am interested in the entry level ...
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Replace a 52/36 crankset with 50/34

I'm looking at purchasing a new bike with a 52/36 crankset on a 11-32 cassette. I've grown accustomed to a 50/34 crankset on the same cassete, and for the type of riding I do in the PNW (300-400ft ...
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Will a SLX fit on a Shimano deore 2x10 rear triangle?

Ok so I'm thinking about upgrading to a SLX drivetrain, and I currently have a Shimano Deore Xt 2x10 on my Devinci Troy. The question is whether it is even worth it cause the cassette may be too wide ...
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Can't shift down from 50T with clutch on, but can shift down with clutch off, why?

Can't shift down from 50T with clutch on, but can shift down with clutch off, why? I'm using sunrace 11-50 and XT RD-M8000 (SGS), finished setting up everything for absolutely perfect shifting, then ...
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Gates belt drive: installing larger front sprocket

I ordered a Cube Hyde Race bike with Gates belt drive. I live in an area where it rains a lot, and I use my bike year round, so I was sold on the promise of virtually maintenance-free drivetrain. The ...
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Can you use shimano m8000 replacement cogs to replace Sunrace mx80 cogs?

Can one use m8000 replacement sprockets 11T 13T 15T to replace the corresponding mx80 sprockets? I appreciate the clusters can't be switched due 3 free sprockets and 2 clusters of 4 on mx80 vs 5 free ...
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Why should one clean a chain?

I do understand that this may sound like a troll question but please bear with me. I've always been a maniac about drive train cleanliness until I got a 11 speed bike and realized I didn't want to ...