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What is the largest cassette I can fit on a Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 1by?

Bikepacking has published an article on this topic. Short version: big cassettes require MTB derailleurs, that are not compatible with road/gravel brifters (except electronic ones). There are mostly ...
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Will a 11 speed Shimano Deore crankset work with a 9 speed Shimano Altus cassette? [MTB]

The Deore M5100 crankset retails for well under $100 USD at most online suppliers you'll see googling "Shimano FC-M5100." Combined with a bottom bracket (I, too recommend the SM-MT800. ...
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Mysterious case: chain falling off large chainring, how to fix?

I have a folding bike which I took the smaller chainring off. It would then occasionally drop the chain whilst changing gear off the front chainring onto the crank arm. By fitting a narrow-wide lite ...
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Will a 11 speed Shimano Deore crankset work with a 9 speed Shimano Altus cassette? [MTB]

Technically, 1x chainrings are quite universal, so you would be able to have a "working bike" if you do that. But 1x drivetrains came with some other changes (wide range cassettes + clutch ...
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Drivetrain 1x12 or 2x10 for my MTB use case?

Not covered and answers already is durability and cost. A 12 speed drive train costs a lot more than a 10 speed, so when if comes time to replace worn (and broken) components, a 10 speed setup will ...
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Tiagra 4700 2x10 vs 105 R7000 2x11 for Gravel Bike

There are several benefits of Tiagra: Cheaper initial investment, yet still probably good enough for actually using it regularly Cheaper wear parts Thicker chain and sprockets so with similar ...
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Drivetrain 1x12 or 2x10 for my MTB use case?

Personally, i ride a 3*10 setup on my MTB/Tourer. I think that this is a very good universal setup. Mine is set up so that most of the time i'm riding on the middle chainring, with a cadence of 85 - ...
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Drivetrain 1x12 or 2x10 for my MTB use case?

Assuming that the recommended cassettes/chainrings are proposed, ranges will be equivalent. 36/26 chainrings, 11/42 cassette for the 2x10: 523% 10/51 for the 1x12: 510% (for 1x, the range of doesn't ...
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Drivetrain 1x12 or 2x10 for my MTB use case?

For your use case of 'universal' (many would call this oldschool XC) riding you want the widest gear range possible to allow pedalling up both steep climbs, but also on non technical downhills. At the ...
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Chain not meshing with new cassette

The chain checker tools are only an indicator and in my experiences are relatively coarse. Your results show that the chain is indeed skipping on a cog. Possible causes: Chain is worn or damaged. ...
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Looking for an optical gear display solution for a Shimano Ultegra 10 speed 6700 group set

I ended up using speed indicator together with cadence sensor. You can remember which cadence it should be at some speed or which speed it should be under your usual cadence. This is gear specific. ...
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Chain skipping teeth while staying on small front chainring

So, I was running out of ideas and though maybe the sprocket just wasn't compatible with my 9 speed chain. I swapped it for an old 11 speed at the same length and it fixed the problem! Really weird.
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Chain skipping teeth while staying on small front chainring

Smaller front chainring leaves more free chain so check if the derailleur tension spring is still active and not completely out of range. This would manifest the most obviously with the smallest ...
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9/10 speed chain with vintage 2x5 crankset

I have 50+ years of bicycle touring experience. I found that standard distance between crank sprockets worked fine regardless of how many freewheel cogs were used. I may add, however, that it's ...
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9/10 speed chain with vintage 2x5 crankset

Usually doing this on random old road cranks works without issue. You may find it's necessary or helpful to go to a front derailleur that matches the chain width. The reason is that if you run an FD ...
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9/10 speed chain with vintage 2x5 crankset

Short answer: you can't combine your 80's 5-speed crank set with a modern 10-speed rear cassette. The chain you need for the one does not work on the other. When I needed a new rear wheel in my 70's ...
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9/10 speed chain with vintage 2x5 crankset

I successfully use a triple crankset with chainrings from a 15 speed (3x5) with a 9 speed rear cassette and mech. The chain is a 9 speed, and it all works well enough as a 27 speed, (3x9) Remember ...
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