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FSA Tempo crankset is not compatible with FSA Vero

First, just that both say "FSA Road" doesn't mean that they are compatible. The answer is to look up the documentation for the crankset. It's the first Google hit if you search with the name ...
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Correcting the chainline on triple crankset with chainring spacers

When 135mm-spaced QR and 142x12 thru axle disc road frames became the norm, a lot of what was written about bike chainline took on a hidden caveat that in many cases hasn't been corrected, which is ...
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Is the use of wide fatbike tires problematic with 100mm BSA bottom brackets?

The math is easy to do. According to Sheldon Brown, fatbike chainline is 66 or 76mm for dropout spacings of 170 and 190mm respectively. Assuming a 100mm BB is used with a 170mm dropout spacing and ...
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Chain keeps skipping - did I cut it too short?

The cassette does not look worn out A cassette that is worn does not look worn. It'll skip anyway despite not looking worn. I suspect your cassette is simply too worn. (Interestingly, for chainrings ...
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SRAM dub crank chainline

You have it right. For most installations with 1x SRAM mountain cranks, the -6mm offset is for 135 QR and 142x12, and the -3mm is Boost aka 148x12. The "most installations" qualifier is due ...
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Abnormal wear on Gates Belt Drive CDX rear sprocket

It looks like either you didn't have your lock ring tight enough and the splines of this sprocket were able to chatter and wiggle themselves into non- existence, and /or your belt was too tight. If ...
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How have gravel bikes been able to accommodate 2x drivetrains with wide rear tires?

I don't have hard data to prove it, but I would not be surprised the tire clearance limit of a 45mm chainline (standard road chainline) is around 40mm, so in other words the chainline is not yet ...
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How much tolerance is acceptable on the chainline of a fixed gear conversion?

Freehub body spacer kits for positioning the rear sprocket include spacers of many different widths. The possible combinations of spacers on the inboard and outboard side of the sprocket to be ...
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How much tolerance is acceptable on the chainline of a fixed gear conversion?

There is no hard and fast limit. The farther off the cogs are, the worse vibration and wear you will get. My personal experience is that a couple of millimeters off is still smooth and at 5 mm the ...
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swapping crankset and chainline compatibility

Yes, that's enough to create situations where you may have chain rub that can't be adjusted out in some additional gears on most road bikes. There are other factors, namely chainstay length - bikes ...
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Is it safe to bolt my single-speed chainring to the other side of the crank?

Looks perfectly safe to me. In fact, it looks like that crankset's spider arms were designed to also be used as a double crankset for a bike with a front derailleur, with chainrings mounted on both ...
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What is special about 1x11 - why not just big cassette and single front ring?

SRAM have emphasized the 1x configuration, but 1x systems can be built from Shimano components too. You are right that a 1x system is pretty much a wide ratio cassette and a single front ring. Double-...
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SRAM Rival chainline on a 1x System, feeling the chain slipping into place

SRAM ETAP is very particular about the setup. There are several how-to videos that SRAM has made to show all the steps. The gap between the upper pulley and the cogs is pretty important. SRAM should ...
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Is the Shimano 2303 crank arm and the 2300 crank arm the same?

Not a specialist on this, but I assume that the 2303 (being a triple crankset) would have the chainline aligned to have the middle ring right on the center of the cassette, while the 2300 would ...
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Andel crankset, BB axle length and chainline

It will be 3.5 mm off, and that is quite bad. Square taper bottom brackets aren't that expensive or difficult to replace, just get a correct one.
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Converting road single speed bike to 1x

Steel frame can be set out to accommodate a 135 mm rear hub without substantial effort (bear in mind that the dropouts will need to be realigned). With a rear derailleur the chainline is not an issue (...
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Changing the rear wheel offset to allow space for freewheel

Random interference with the chainstays/seatstays/dropouts like this just happens sometimes. It's not really anyone's fault. If you added 3mm of spacer to the drive side and took 3mm away from the ...
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Cross-chaining in terms of angles

Rear cogs on a 9-speed are about 4.5mm apart, center to center. A typical chainstay length is a hair over 400mm. The arctangent of 4.5/400 is about 0.65 degrees. At such a shallow angle you can ...
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Adjusting chain line by mounting the chain ring inside the crank spider

Yes you can do it that way and you are doing the math right if 7 is the number you're getting. You sacrifice (or at least change) q-factor doing this and I would encourage not to do that lightly on a ...
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How does SRAM adjust rear chainline for their "wide" front drivetrain

How did they make up this difference in the rear chainline? Or did they? They didn't Is the chainline now just off? Yes Why? Standard road bike chainline is 45mm. This chainline was designed around ...
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chain line with narrow-wide chain ring

Change into the middle gear in the cassette and check the chain is straight. Otherwise, you may need to remove a bottom bracket spacer (usually 2.5mm thick) from the drive side and move it to the non-...
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Chain contact on rear triangle

32 teeth should be enough to clear the frame. Even using a 30 Tooth (pictured below) there is still plenty of frame clearance. That's a different frame, but still, it looks like there would be plenty ...
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Smaller chainring on the right side of a bigger one possible?

I've done the chain-setting by hand for a couple days when I was waiting for a replacement front mech to arrive. It worked, but without a FD cage the chain could bounce around and fall off at bumps, ...
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Alfine 8 vs Alfine 11 Gates CDX chainline?

Presumably Shimano expect you to pair the Alfine hub with the Alfine cranks. The Alfine cranks (FC-S501) have a chainline listed directly on Shimano's site of 49.2 (double chain guard) 42.7 (...
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Alfine 8 vs Alfine 11 Gates CDX chainline?

The obvious place to look is Shimano's specifications page, but that does not appear to give chainline. A bit of googling found a couple of pages that give specs for the Alfine 8 and 11. This page ...
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I want to convert a 1-piece crank triple chainring to a double

Yes, you need to consider chain line, but that does not mean you cant swap in larger rings on the middle and outer positions. Sounds like right now you are are using the middle and outer chainrings ...
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Smaller chainring on the right side of a bigger one possible?

Since the front derailleur moves up when shifting out and the outer ring is smaller, the chain will most likely fall off. And shifting inwards will wear the bigger chainring since it is not made for ...
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Cross-chaining in terms of angles

There is a paper on bicycle chain efficiency from John Hopkins that discusses this issue along with others. Basically, cross-chaining being "bad" is a myth with relatively modern chains and cassettes. ...
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How to adjust chainline for 2x10 crank set

I can give an explanation of what is going on with the setup you have, and why the chainrings seem offset from the cassette. I think that perhaps there is not any problem and you don't need to adjust ...
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Will my chain line be affected if I use a BB386EVO crankset on a standard cartridge BSA frame?

BSA or 'English' or ISO standard refers to the the thread in the bottom bracket shell (1.37in x 24 TPI). Both cartridge and external bearings fit in this these shell threads. There are several ...
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