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post #1 of 51 Old 08-11-2005, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Chain/ sprocket question

I bought a new RK chain to replace my stock chain and now have decided to come down a tooth on the front sprocket. Do I need another chain or do I remove a link from the new RK chain? Is it safe to remove a link from the chain? I can also return the RK chain for a shorter one if that is the best way.

Do you recommend just the front sprocket be changed or both front and rear? I am looking for a minimal gear change.

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I bought a new RK chain to replace my stock chain and now have decided to come down a tooth on the front sprocket. Do I need another chain or do I remove a link from the new RK chain? Is it safe to remove a link from the chain? I can also return the RK chain for a shorter one if that is the best way.

Do you recommend just the front sprocket be changed or both front and rear? I am looking for a minimal gear change.

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if you just go -1 in the front you dont need to do anything to the chain.if you have alot of mile on the sprockets i would change both sprockets and chain.
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never change the chain and not the sprockets.. as for the number of links..
that is personal preference. If you go with a 16 you will gain a little wheelbase over the stock set-up. if you remove one link it will be similar to stock but thats not factoring in that the old chain had surely stretched at least a little. so I would guess that with a new chain and 16/39 gear you would be at about the same wheelbase as your old chain and sprocket set-up.

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I bought a new RK chain to replace my stock chain and now have decided to come down a tooth on the front sprocket. Do I need another chain or do I remove a link from the new RK chain? Is it safe to remove a link from the chain? I can also return the RK chain for a shorter one if that is the best way.

Do you recommend just the front sprocket be changed or both front and rear? I am looking for a minimal gear change.

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If the new chain is 110L you'll have no problem with a 16t, it will add 3-4mm to the wheelbase over the OEM 17/39 when it was new.

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OK help me with a perfect setup. What size RK chain and what sprocket sizes front and back???

Just want a tooth or so reduction.
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OK help me with a perfect setup..
No such thing. Many, many choices. Personally for my wieght and riding style I like 17/41. It's not as low as 16/39 and doesn't make the chain make as tight a turn in front. As for chain brands, I defer to BD.

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OK help me with a perfect setup. What size RK chain and what sprocket sizes front and back???

Just want a tooth or so reduction.
520. go -1 in the front and keep the back stock.you should be happy with that
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I went with a 520 16/40. I like it, feels much better than stock, I think.
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So am I better off going larger in the back and keeping the front stock size?
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OK help me with a perfect setup. What size RK chain and what sprocket sizes front and back???

Just want a tooth or so reduction.
As Miykl mentiones theres no perfect setup but of the ones people have already mentioned will work. In your 1st post you wrote about having a new RK already so stick with that in a 525 size W/110L which will work with 17/39, 16/40, 16/39, 16/38.
If your inclined to try something a little diff then here ya go. Using an RK chain W/112L you can use 17/39, 17/40, 17/41, 16/39, 16/40, 16/41.

BUT of all the ones i've listed it sounds like a 17/41 or 16/39 would be the ticket.

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