Questions tagged [drivetrain]

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

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Trigger shifters partly malfunctioning

I cleaned my wife's 1999-vintage mountain bike, and because no good deed goes unpunished, I seem to have caused a problem in the process. This bike has a Shimano Deore 9-speed drivetrain with trigger ...
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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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Chain is locking up

This only happens in my granny gear going up hill, just started too. I am pedaling up a steep hill and the pedals suddenly stop, obviously the chain is jamming somehow. The first time it did this I ...
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Difference in Chain Types

What is the difference in chain types, some say 11 speed, some say 9. Is the only difference length, what would happen if i put an 11 speed chain on my 9 speed cassette ? thanks.
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Can I replace 11 speed 11-40t with a 11-42t or 11-46t staying with Shimano XT family?

Can I replace the 11 speed 11-40t cassette with a 11-42t or 11-46t? What other parts will be needed to complete job? I.e. new chain, long chain, spacers?
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Can riding without a chain damage a bike?

I've been really struggling learning to ride fakie (backwards) on my BMX. Tonight, an idea occurred to me. If I remove the chain from my bike, it'll be a "free coaster," and I won't have to pedal ...
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Chain sometimes jumps. New parts

Can't seem to get to the bottom of this. I have an 1997 Marin Eldridge Grade. I use it mostly for touring. The chain jumps or skips. It doesn't Jump down to a smaller sprocket. What the chain does ...
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Nasty noise from chain device

Hi I've purchased and fitted a superstar components plasma chain device in my specialized big hit. It makes a terrible noise and I really don't see why. As far as I can see I've set it up correctly ...
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Does master-link size matter?

I recently got this chain master-link for my 21 speed bike but it turns out that it's really meant for a 24 speed drivetrain. Does this mean that the master-link won't be good on my set up? Or that it'...
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Downgearing with a road triple

My mother is trying to get back on her bike after years of knee problems + surgery, which so far has gone ok, but she has had some trouble with climbing hills. She's thinking that she should try to ...
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8 speed drivetrain stronger than 9 speed?

I see a lot of people recommending 8 speed drivetrain over 9 speed for a touring bike because they are supposed to be stronger (e.g. in the buyers guide of the Adventure cyclist magazine, issue april ...
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Converting 3x to 1x Drivetrain

I have a new crankset (link) on the way as well as a chain guide/bash combo from OneUp. I am getting a 36T narrow-wide chainring also. The bike I'm working on has a SRAM 3x9 drivetrain with 11-34 ...
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Is Back-pedalling normal ? chain keeps jumping from higher to lower cog in rear cassette

I just bought a new bike Marin Pine mountain-1 which has 1 X 11 drivetrain. I want to know is Back peddling normal ? I called my mechanic and he said you should not do back peddling or this will ...
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Chainring for 1x8 drivetrain

I'm building a city/light-touring bike with a single chainring and an 8 speed cassette (11-32T). I bought cranks with the wrong chainring; one for single speed, with a 1/8" chain. I now want to make ...
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Replacing BB and Chainset only?

Presently my bike has an FSA 19mm piece of junk BB and omega chainset. As this is a unique system it has no compatible parts. The bike uses Tiagra 4500 9 speed for the rest of the components. If I ...
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SRAM GX1 comparability with double crankset

I am considering purchasing a bike with SRAM's GX1 11x1 gearing but I would like to switch it to use a double crankset. Is the SRAM GX1 rear derailleur and cassette compatible with a dual crankset? ...
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How to get slower gearing on a 1x10 drivetrain

Looking at purchasing a new bike with a 1x10 gearing setup. I am concerned that with my current or future level of fitness, I may need slower gearing on the bike. What is the easiest (and cheapest)...
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Rubbery chatter sensation in drivetrain

I have a 1x 9s setup and am a strong rider, I ride as a courier everyday. I recently set this up with 2nd hand parts and built the wheels myself. I noticed some slight play (wouldn't really say play, ...
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Does effort require to pedal depend on the gear ratio or the gear inches?

I have a 20x1.75" 6-speed folding bike with 52x14-28t drivetrain. Even with the gearing at 52x14, ~3.71 ratio, I can still pedal uphill. I also have a 700x25C fixed gear with 49x17t gearing or ~2.88 ...
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Which will wear longer, a single chainring with 11-speed cassette, or triple chainring with 8-speed cassette?

I am thinking of replacing the latter with the former. Someone said that the chain having to stretch 11 different ways would wear down the drive train faster. I think that the chain will last longer ...
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Chain derailment from front crank. Fine on large ring won't hold on smaller inner ring

Second hand bike. GTZR3000 Shimano 105 9 speedshifter 9 speed rear group shimano 9 speed tiagra rear derailleur The bike runs fine on large front ring, shifting is perfect. When I change for an ...
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What are the ridges seen on sprockets and chainrings for?

I've always wondered what these ridges below the teeth on sprockets are for. Can anyone enlighten me?
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Shimano 10 - 11 system hub compatibility - MTB

I have Shimano XT 11 speed compatible rear wheel (on Novatec hubs, the ones that came with Kona Process 134 DL 2016). Can I use Shimano 10 speed MTB system on this hub?
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Should I buy a crank, derailleur, cassette, etc. all from the same company or are the parts of the drivetrain not super specific [closed]

I am looking to build my own bike and was wondering whether the bike and the drivetrain would work better with matching parts or not. I work at a bike coop and it would be much cheaper to be able to ...
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Cost effective drivetrain maintanance [duplicate]

With my previous bike I followed the general recommandation for maintainance of drivetrain. This usually goes like the following: replace chain every 3K Kms, replace rear cassette every 6K Kms and ...
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Upgrading Joytech hub from 8 speed to 10 speed

I have a Joytech hub and I'm planning to upgrade from 8 to 10 speed. With my Joytech rear hub, do I need to change my hub first and does my hub support 10 cogs?
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Drivetrain wear -- questions on chain elongation and skipping

Pitch (i.e. the distance between two links/two cogs) is a major issue in drivetrain wear, which explains why waiting too long to replace a chain may lead to premature cassette replacement. This being ...
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If I replace the cassette on my road bike, should I replace the whole drivetrain? [duplicate]

Relatively new to road cycling, have bought a 2nd hand bike and am thinking some parts of the drivetrain need replacing. Have tried to find this online and can't find any answers. Thanks!
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Will removing extra chainring mess with chain alignment?

I have a folding bike with 1x6 speed. I plan on making it a 1x9. I saw this crank set and cassette, 3x9 speed, for a fairly cheap amount and was thinking of getting them and installing on my bike. If ...
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11-46 cassette with 48 chainring for commute bike

I'm building a new commute bike. Would like to consider the idea of using single chainring with 11-46 cassette. Looking at the ratio, 48 front with 46 rear should give me the climbing option I need. ...
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Selecting a drivetrain for touring bicycle

I am planning to build a touring bike with a Surly LHT frame. I'm looking for some advice on selecting a drive train. My requirements are: Reliability - I am planning on doing weeks or months long ...
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10/11 speed freehub compatibility

I have a Sram 10 speed cassette and I'm looking to upgrade to Shimano XT M8000 1x11. I wanted to know if I can use the same freehub body or if I need to get a new one. Thank you for your help.
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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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increase highest upper ratio with gear hub

I have a 20" folding bike with a shimano Nexus Inter-3 (most probably this one), and I find that even on flat terrain (not to mention downhill) the 3rd gear is simply too slow: I often find myself ...
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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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Major Problem: 135mm rear spacing road touring frame with shimano 5800 11 speed cassette?

I have a brand new traitor wander touring frame, it has 135mm rear spacing like a mountain bike (this is a road touring frame). I bought 29er mountain bike disc wheels that were advertised as 11 ...
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TdF - Mountain stages without a front derailleur?

An article on VeloNews about EPO use featured the following photo of Lance Armstrong from Stage 8 of the 2003 Tour de France: I noticed that Lance does not have a front derailleur. His left shifter ...
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Drivetrain squeaky birdsong

Road bike with Shimano Tiagra 2x9 compact drivetrain makes a continuous random pattern of quiet squeaky noises (like birdsong) when the bike is leaning against a wall and the pedals are rotated ...
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Conversion 9 spd to 10 spd [duplicate]

I'm thinking of upgrading from a 9 speed (11-34T cassette) to 10 speed. Scoped out a few components and 1) Shimano Deore XT CS-M771 10-Speed Cassette 11-36T 10-speed HG cassette 2) Shimano Dyna-Sys, ...
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Shimano Cassette 10 Speed Teeth Selection

I am planning to upgrade my drivetrain and I'm in the process of selecting the various components. My bike currently has a Shimano Tiagra CS-4600 10 Speed Cassette 12-28t. I am looking to upgrade to ...
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9-speed Sora w/discs to 11-speed 105 - What Sora bits can I keep?

I'm planning to upgrade from 9 to 11 speed, Sora 3500 to 105 5800. I'd like to keep my existing mechanical disc brakes, which I believe I can, but please correct me if wrong. Also, if I bought the ...
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new 9-speed chain fails after 4 weeks and ~240 miles

About 4 weeks ago I installed a new SRAM PC-971 chain on my Surly LHT. This morning I've noticed that one of the outer chain link plates started to pull away (to spread in a way that the pin is not ...
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Custom Shimano 3x11 drivetrain

I have a Trek 720 disc which came with a 2x11 Shimano 105 drive train setup. When it's fully loaded for touring going up steep hills is just too hard - I'm barely heavy enough to push the pedal down. ...
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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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Converting a 7/8spd cassette to 4/5spd

Lets get some things ticked off: Friction shifting, check Narrow stance cranks, check 2 or 3 spacers on the right hand side, check Single chainring, check (That's the context.) Are there cassettes ...
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Does (square-taper) BB spindle length affect Q factor?

I am having knee and ankle trouble on my commuting bike (1993 Specialized mtb) and this has a 73mm BB with a spindle length I haven't measured but there is space between crankarm and frame. I wanted ...
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Is it possible to install a 1x11 drivetrain on an old MTB?

I have an old Stumpjumper from 1984. It has the original 3x5 drivetrain with friction shifting. I'm intrigued by the idea of converting to a 1x11 drivetrain, but I don't know what factors to consider ...
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belt vs chain for what matters performance only

Let's set apart all pros/cons of chains vs belts, like: ease of maintenance, need of a custom frame, cost, spare part availability, all of that: nope. This question is very focusing only on ...
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Can you use a wide range 11-42 cassette with a double crankset

Can you use a 10 or 11 speed wide range (11-42, 10-42, or 11-40) cassette with a double crankset? I know these wide range cassettes are typically built for a 1x setup on a mountain bike, but is ...
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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: ...

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