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    Strange derailer malfunction yesterday.

    So I just got my Elite last week and have ridden about 5 times so far. yesterday i was going on flat road and went to move the front derailer up on and the chain wrapped all the way around the front gear and pulled the rear derailer arm up. i was scared that something had broke. what would cause this?

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    Sounds like chain suck. It's happened to me before, but only when I had smashed the teeth on my small chain ring somehow. The teeth grabbed the chain and pulled the derailer cage forward. Check the teeth and see if any are bent or rough. If they are bend them back and then file smooth with a metal file.
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    Did you clean the packing grease off the chain when you built the bike up? They come with veeerrry thick/sticky grease on them, and will collect gunk quickly.
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    i did not clean the chain. I will try that tomorrow

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    FYI, I used a Park chain cleaner w/citrus degreaser/cleaner. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSteve in CO
    FYI, I used a Park chain cleaner w/citrus degreaser/cleaner. Good luck.
    IMO, those things don't do a good job. It's better to get a removable link (like SRAM's powerlink or KMC quick link) and take off the chain completely to dunk in a bottle full of degreaser and shake it up to get everything. Beforehand, I'd recommend wiping the chain down first, then dunking it in the degreaser. You don't get all the nooks and crannies with those chain cleaner tools.

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