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
- 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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