Questions tagged [drivetrain]

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

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10 speed chain on 11 speed cassette

Recently I installed an 11 speed cassette and shift levers on my road bike (105 R7000), but I kept the 10 speed chain that I have. It sort of works fine but on the third cog on the back the chain ...
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Will Deore M6000 SGS derailleur work with 42t cassette in 1x10 configuration?

I'm building a 26er 1x10 commuter. I have a 40t chainring and 11-42 cassette. Will an out-of-the-box (no goat link or extra-long B screw) 2017 Deore M6000 SGS Rear Derailleur work with this? Will ...
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Bike trainer 11 speed cassette compatibility with Ultegra 6500 9 speed groupset

Disclaimer. I don’t know much about bike mechanics. I had to do a lot of reading just to be able to name things right and to be able to write this post :) I bought Elite Suito bike trainer a few days ...
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Shimano 8/9/10 speed freehub conversion to 11 speed does not appear possible due to changed spline pattern

After remaining unchanged (with a few exceptions like FH-7801) for nearly 20 years the Shimano freehub body spline mount has changed along with the width. I had hoped I could refit a 8/9/10 speed ...
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Upgrade 1x8 drivetrain

I have an Orange 2017 Diamondback Hook that came with an SRAM 1x8 drive-train. I'd like to upgrade it to increase the range. What are my best options? Thanks!
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Deore FC-M615 single 64 BCD chainring

I want to build a 1x9 drivetrain MTB so I'm wondering if I can set this FC-M615 crankset to a single 64 BCD 28T chainring, from what I can see the XT M8000 is compatible and allows 11-speed cassette ...
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Chainring just don't know when to let go

My chain needed to be replaced for half a year ago and I've finally replaced it. But after replacing it, I've notice a lot of clicking noise from the chainring area. and when I go check it, I saw the ...
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Crankset and derailleur

I am preparing my new mountain bike for summer by cleaning the bike and its parts. Which size should I expect the cage length must have at the rear derailleur before I can replace the rear ...
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Why do people use bigger cassettes for lower gearing when they could instead use smaller chainrings?

I want lower (sub 1:1) gearing on my next drivetrain but also a decent range, reasonable spacing between gears and still be reasonably light. While looking at different combinations of components, I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is the plastic piece between the seven gear sprocket and the spokes hard to replace, and how?

I was given a 21 gear mountain bike as payment for some work I did for a neighbor which had been in his backyard for about a year. Though it cleaned up very well there is one part I would love to ...
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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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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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While pedaling standing up, bike crank gives in as if shifting, what is causing this?

While standing up and pedaling, the cranks give in as if shifting. It seams like I am shifting down, but my hands are off the shifter, almost like the chain is skipping a link. I took it to a bike ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Bike is shifting on its own

Ever since I got my bike (Surly Long Haul Trucker), it has been prone to shifting on its own. This is almost guaranteed to happen when I stand up on the pedals, and happens regularly when sitting as ...
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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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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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Perfectly setting up gears - how?

Every time I have my bike serviced, the bike shop sets up the gears on a stand in their workshop. The gears change perfectly on the stand, but when the bike is on the road, the rear derailleur doesn't ...
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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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Parafin wax vs wet lube for bike chain lubrication?

So im thinking of waxing my chain (with parafin wax) what would the advantages of this be over wet lube (i use muck off). Anybody have any experience with waxed chains? Thanks.
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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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Why does pedalling backwards not move my bike backwards?

On the Mountain bike I have, pedalling backwards moves the chain but doesn't drive the wheels of the bike backwards like you would expect it to. Why is this?
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Has anyone here ever threaded the left end of a rear hub? (To add a left-side freewheel)

I have found endless opinions on mass-manufactured hubs that are either left-side-threaded or 'reversible' or etc. I am not seeking information or opinions on these. I am also aware of the available ...
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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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