Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    36

    Single speed chain help

    Hey guys,

    Just bought some parts to convert my 3x9 mtb to a ss. It has vertical dropouts so I got a spring type tensioner. This type swings down like a deraileur. How do I measure the chain for this setup?

    Thanks. Any help would be appreciated

  2. #2
    B.Ike
    Reputation: ElwoodT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    869
    Wrap your chain around the cog and and chainring. Cut the chain at the smallest length that still fits. This length will most likely be slack and your tensioner does the rest. If it's not slack and not super tight then you just lucked out and found a magic gear.

  3. #3
    Plays with tools
    Reputation: customfab's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    4,207
    Wrap it around the lowest gear you plan on using and add two links. The tensioner will take up those two links and take up the additional slack when you swap to taller gearing.

  4. #4
    B.Ike
    Reputation: ElwoodT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    869
    ^^this is good advice. My ss bikes have had sliding or horizontal dropouts and so didn't need extra chain length as I was experimenting w/ rear cog sizes. (I settled on a 22 and haven't changed sizes in a few years).

Similar Threads

  1. Best Single Speed Chain Tension / Chain Guide
    By bank5 in forum Singlespeed
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-24-2013, 07:16 AM
  2. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-22-2012, 01:08 PM
  3. Chain Keeper or SIngle Speed Chainring
    By Dalton in forum Commuting
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 04-05-2012, 12:16 PM
  4. Gusset 3/32 Single Speed Chain
    By KanzaKrūzer in forum Singlespeed
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 04-07-2011, 11:18 AM
  5. Single Speed chain recommendation?
    By arashi in forum Singlespeed
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 03-09-2011, 10:27 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •