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    Chili chain question

    hi there
    i've got a small issue with my bike when running on the granny ring and on the upper 4 gears. it starts to groan, particularly when pedaling hard uphill.
    what i'm wondering is whether the chain might be too short and when the shock starts to move a bit and the tension on the chain increases, these noises appear.
    what do you think? how many links does your chain have?

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    how did you size your chain?

    If your chain is too short for granny and the larger cogs in the cassette what happens when you are in the bigger ring up front?
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    never tried it.
    the bike was assembled by a mechanic in a bike shop, so i assume he knew what he did.

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    what should happen if it has the correct length?

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    Running the granny ring upfront should mean you can shift to all cogs in the cassette no problem. This is because the shop guy should have sized your chain using the largest ring upfront, and the largest cog in the cassette.

    If you are binding up in the granny ring, you wouldn't even be able to shift to the upper 4 cogs if you were using the big chain ring upfront.
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    A few guesses:

    -B tension screw needs adjustment
    -chain guide needs clocking or inboard/outboard adjustment
    -front derailleur needs slight adjustment to account for slight variation is chainline under high tension(climbing)

    That said, I would just take it back to the shop with the symptoms and have them sort it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catch22 View Post
    That said, I would just take it back to the shop with the symptoms and have them sort it out.
    This.

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    I mean no offense, but how is it customary for people to bring alcohol into a bike shop? If that were to be done around here, we would be promptly asked to leave.

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    'Round here you'll get prompt attention. My wheel guy goes out of his way to get me situated. Whether its a quick true or a new build, so I always bring him a sixer of Shiner (his fave.) There are at least three shops locally that I frequent and if you show up with a quick fix and a six pack you get to the front of the line.

    Thought it was like that everywhere.
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    thanks for the replies. i will check it and see what's going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    'Round here you'll get prompt attention. My wheel guy goes out of his way to get me situated. Whether its a quick true or a new build, so I always bring him a sixer of Shiner (his fave.) There are at least three shops locally that I frequent and if you show up with a quick fix and a six pack you get to the front of the line.

    Thought it was like that everywhere.
    Maybe not utah? IDK. Weird.

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    In Colorado beer is part of the bartar system. If you want your bikes / skis tuned before others, beer always puts you on top of the list .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    how did you size your chain?

    If your chain is too short for granny and the larger cogs in the cassette what happens when you are in the bigger ring up front?
    hi. just a feedback on this one: nothing happens. i can shift to both, the bigger ring and the large cog. so looks ok to me.
    any other ideas?

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