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     Nik Gnashers updated 4 years ago 5 Members · 7 Posts
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  • Wegotitugetit

    Member
    2 August 2016 at 5:28 pm

    So flicking through eBay trying to get my bike sorted within the next week and I don’t have a clue on chains

    Had cheap before but I just snap them so want something decent to fit my Scott aspect 55

    Any ideas also the length please ?

  • Magnus

    Member
    3 August 2016 at 9:09 am

    You can’t go wrong with a Shimano chain i usually opt for XT. up-market KMC chains are just as good IMO

    for length there is a system for wrapping around various cogs and working out the angle of the dangle. loads of videos on utube. But what i do is count the links on the old chain and cut the new one to match. don’t measure the old chain with a tape measure because it will have worn and will be considerably longer than you need.

    one more thing to note is, if you haven’t fitted a new chain for a long time the sprocket gears will have worn and the new chain wont match the pitch of the teeth on the sprocket; therefore it will slip. you may have to fit a new rear cassette as well, in extreme cases you may also need to fit a chain wheel or 3.

  • Robmet

    Member
    3 August 2016 at 9:33 am

    Agree^

    Shimano chains but buy a quick link so you dont have to mess about with special shimano pins.

  • Robmet

    Member
    3 August 2016 at 9:34 am

    For chain length the rough guide would be chain on the big ring at the front, small ring on the back and the jockey wheels would be vertically aligned.

  • Magnus

    Member
    3 August 2016 at 9:39 am

    Agree^

    Shimano chains but buy a quick link so you dont have to mess about with special shimano pins.

    agreed 8)

  • GbGaz

    Member
    3 August 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve used loads of shimano chains in my time, you can’t go wrong with them,,,,but as suggested, the pin system on them is a bit of a pain…so do get a split link if using them. Have to admit, I’ve became a bit of a KMC chain convert the last couple of year…..the split link system is ace and they are good reliable chains that shift well – the gold ones look pretty on the bike tooooooooooo!! 😀 8) 😳 8) 8) 8)

    Good advice from magnus – check your cassette and chainrings too….as they – like all moving parts – do wear.

    in all honesty,,,just converted my bike to 1 x 10.. (so new front chainring and expander)…and tried to run it with the existing XT cassette and KMC chain… it just wasn’t having it,,,,ran like a bag of sh@t!!! new cassette and chain (same spec as before) and a bit of fettling and she’s running like a dream again! 😀 😀

  • Nik Gnashers

    Member
    4 August 2016 at 4:14 pm

    XT 11-36 cassette here with a KMC lightweight chain, and raceface n/w 34t chainring.

    Runs like a dream.

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