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Old Aug 29th 2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Front sprocket to 14T

Tried the search function before posting this question in a new thread, but could not find what I was looking for
Can anyone give some feedback on possible changes when I would switch to a front sprocket of 14T instead of the standard 15T?

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Old Aug 29th 2012, 05:37 AM   #2
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You will get more low end. Dropping one tooth is like going up three in the back. I actually considering doing this myself for better low end.
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Old Aug 29th 2012, 05:41 AM   #3
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Can we say Wheelie????????????
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Old Aug 29th 2012, 05:47 AM   #4
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A slack chain, then messed up ride height

All fixable, but annoying all the same.
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Old Aug 29th 2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Xbox View Post
A slack chain, then messed up ride height

All fixable, but annoying all the same.
Can you elaborate a bit more on this?
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Originally Posted by Quadrupool View Post
Can you elaborate a bit more on this?
In theory, a smaller sprocket will mean more slack in the chain which you'll have to adjust for with the rear hub (to remove slack), which typically adjusts ride hight a bit.

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In theory, a smaller sprocket will mean more slack in the chain which you'll have to adjust for with the rear hub (to remove slack), which typically adjusts ride high a bit.
I believe the correct fix is to remove a link from the chain, otherwise your talking a big loss in ride height, as you turn the cam adjuster fully to 3 o'clock, resulting in very slow steering.

Did it on my 916 and was a nightmare, but at least that had a variable head tube angle.
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I believe the correct fix is to remove a link from the chain, otherwise your talking a big loss in ride height, as you turn the cam adjuster fully to 3 o'clock, resulting in very slow steering.

Did it on my 916 and was a nightmare, but at least that had a variable head tube angle.
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It's not a problem. Yes one tooth down will lower your gearing, and cause slack in the chain. Just measure and record your ride height prior to making the change. Change the sprocket and adjust the chain tension with the hub. Then adjust the ride height rod (the adjustable rod that goes into the shock linkage) to get your ride height back. This change will make the wheel base just a tiny bit longer, but the bike will turn the same and all will be good. Not a big deal. I am doing this on mine next weekend prior to our Putnam race.
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Originally Posted by duckracer View Post
It's not a problem. Yes one tooth down will lower your gearing, and cause slack in the chain. Just measure and record your ride height prior to making the change. Change the sprocket and adjust the chain tension with the hub. Then adjust the ride height rod (the adjustable rod that goes into the shock linkage) to get your ride height back. This change will make the wheel base just a tiny bit longer, but the bike will turn the same and all will be good. Not a big deal. I am doing this on mine next weekend prior to our Putnam race.
Any feedback on the change towards a 14T sprocket?
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