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  1. #1
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Chain broken after 68 miles. Normal?

    I went out today on my new Goblin 2 at lunch on local trails. It's about 1.75 miles of road and then I'm at the newly discovered trails. A quarter mile later my chain snaps. It was on a fairly fast (22mi/hr) section down a hill with some small bumps (nothing crazy) and I hear a ping while pedaling. I look down and the chain is broken.

    It didn't break at the powerlink either. Seemed the two sides of a link were spread apart.

    Is it normal for a chain to break after less than 70 miles of easy cross-country riding? It's been well lubricated the entire time. Both derailleurs have been shifting beautifully and there's no damage or misalignment to either one.

    The only thing I can think of is this:

    • fast downhill
    • on small front chain ring
    • likely on larger rear chain ring
    • bumps
    • all of the above combined to bump the chain out of the "groove" and become wedged in a way that allowed it to easily break

    Any ideas? I didn't have a way to bring the chain home on the 1.75 mile walk of shame so I left it in the woods. I'll likely go back and retrieve it and the powerlink.

    Also, any ideas what length I need to make the replacement? (old chain is in woods)

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    Please send an email to Eric at regarding your broken chain, thanks~

    Please Note: I no longer work for Airborne. If you have an Airborne question or problem please contact them directly.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2013
    Thanks Jeremy. I'm sending them an email now. I'll hold off on my order of a new chain just in case...

    I appreciate the quick response!

  4. #4
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    YouTube/park tools website for chain sizing.

  5. #5
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    Sep 2013
    Thanks. I know how to size a chain but was wondering if someone already had the official length I could save some effort.

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