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Bad idea to change a chain w/o cassette?
Is it really a bad idea to change my Sram chain without changing the cassette at the same time? I was told that my chain has stretched after 4 months of abuse and that I need to change the chain for smoother shifting. What do you think?
If the chain's wear is not much above 1/16th of an inch over 12" you'll be ok to just change the chain. At 1/8" you will have to change the cassette too. It's all in my Chains info.
Originally Posted by mtb888
IMO try to get as many chains on your sprockets as you can...
look & the smallest sprocket, if your teeth are all 'hooked' looking it may well 'skip' with a new chain... but may be OK after 4 months...
put it on anyway... if it skips (big load) in the first sprocket only it may wear in... if it skips in more than one, most likely won't wear in & you will need a new cluster as well... worth a try for sure...
buy the best chain you can afford...no use wrecking a good cluster with cheap chains I say...