Questions tagged [drivetrain]

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

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Cheapest and safest way to clean MTB drivetrain?

I've got a CUBE Attention MTB which has been serving me well, but out of a lack of knowledge I never bothered to degrease the chain before relubing it, so over time there has been a build up of gunk ...
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Options for adding lower gearing for bike with Shimano 105 drivetrain

I have a 2015 Salsa Vaya 2 with a Shimano 105 drivetrain. It has a Shimano 105 Triple front derailleur with a 30/42/52t crankset. In the back it has an 11-30T 10-speed cassette (installed for me by ...
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Going from 2x8-speed to 1x11-speed

I bought a beginner bike with a 2x 8-speed Shimano setup a year ago. I am looking to upgrade, now that I am getting more in to cycling then expected. Since I live in a really flat area (when I go on 3-...
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Crankset identification

Does anyone know, which exact crankset is pictured below? It came shipped with a Bike Friday NWT (New World Tourist)
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9 to 11 speed partial groupset upgrade? Is it possible?

I have a Shimano Sora 3500 full groupset (FD 50-34, Crankset 170mm length with BB RS500 (BC1.37 x 24), Sprocket 12-28) on my road bike. I want to make a partial upgrade to 105 set due to my budget ...
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Single speed chain alignment

I have a seasoned 26" Dirt Jump bike where the time has come to replace the bottom bracket. The bike currently has Profile BMX cranks, with a single speed rear wheel (not an MTB freehub). Current BB ...
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How do I move my chainring without moving my crank arm?

I recently did a 1x10 conversion on my mountain bike. I replaced almost everything on my drive train except for my crankset. The single chainring (104 BCD, 34T) fits onto my drive-side crank arm in ...
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Chain crunching after degrease and lubrication

I did the usual degrease and lubrication on my mountain bike today but when I tried to ride the bike later on I heard pretty bad crunching sounds. The sound is definitely coming from somewhere around ...
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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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Are all chainring compatible with all chain?

I want to change my drivetrain on my bike and i found everything except the chainring. So I was wondering if I could choose any chainring. Thank for yours response.
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Crankset and derailleur

Iam checking out my mtb for it's parts. How do I be sure, for the cage length is the right one, if the differnce between the large and the small at the rear is from 42 to 11, and from 36 to 26 at the ...
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Rear derailleur needs a couple pedalstrokes to change gear

As of late I'm having some trouble with my rear derailleur. When I shift specific gears (most likely to happen to the middle gears), the rear derailleur feels like it doesn't have enough power and ...
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Switching a 11 speed cassette+wheel with a 8 speed freewheel+wheel. Any compatibility issues?

I'm trying to get a pair of training wheels to swap out for my race wheels. I dug up a pair of freewheel compatible wheels and I'm trying to buy freewheels now to fit the bike. The bike's drivetrain ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...