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    Buying chain tugs?

    Not sure if I'm going to need them but would to be prepared just in case I do. I've seen a few chain tugs on the Danscomp website but that's about it. Anyone got any leads to other places I can check out? My LBS has a flimsy-looking piece of crap that they want to sell for $16 or so, but I'm just not too wild about it. Surly Tuggnuts look tasty, but they're kinda pricey aren't they?

    Any recos? Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    Not sure if I'm going to need them but would to be prepared just in case I do. I've seen a few chain tugs on the Danscomp website but that's about it. Anyone got any leads to other places I can check out? My LBS has a flimsy-looking piece of crap that they want to sell for $16 or so, but I'm just not too wild about it. Surly Tuggnuts look tasty, but they're kinda pricey aren't they?

    Any recos? Cheers.

    The Surly Tuggnut is well worth the price. You only need one.
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    The ones I like are the Redline ones for $10 at Dan's Comp.
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    Any thoughts on the Spot Rocket tensioner? It looks cool as hell. It might make me pedal faster - I look back and see a rocket chasing me, I'm gonna get the hell outta town!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    Any thoughts on the Spot Rocket tensioner? It looks cool as hell. It might make me pedal faster - I look back and see a rocket chasing me, I'm gonna get the hell outta town!
    I've got the Spot Rocket one as well. I prefer the single bolt adjustment of the Redline.
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    I dig and recommend the Redline offerings. They come in pairs, in fancy colors, and are light and good quality. I forgot the web retailer I bought mine from 3+ years ago, but they were $16/pair. They are available through Seattle Bike Supply, and if your LBS has an account with them, they'll be able to order it. Check it:

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    The surly works great for me. Not the cheapest option, but hey, it includes a bottle opener!

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    I like that Redline set. I like that they're sold in pairs, even I really only need one.

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    danscomp probably has the best deal on the redline chain adjusters.. i just got mine and it does the job.

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    Try it first

    I would give it a shot without one first, I've never needed one on my singles (with spot hub and with paul hubs). I've got friends that have tensioners, and they kinda make pulling the rear wheel a pain, just one more thing to align. I'm kinda lazy I guess, but i figure the less amount of stuff to fit on there, the better off I am. Messing with disc mounting bolts, plus the two hub bolts, that's enough for me.

    BTW, the hubs I have used are/were both with 6mm allen bolts on the axles, not the bigger 14mm nuts commonly found on some hubs, that you can really reef on to tighten.

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    Redline question

    Will the Redline tugs work with QR skewers? I know the Surly comes with a washer that allows QRs. If not, how easy it to switch an XT hub from QR to bolt-on?

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    Two tugs makes flat changes "Wham, bam, thank you ma'am" and only adds appoximently 23.1416 grams.
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    Those Redline and such tugs only work with horizontal (Surly) dropouts. If you have semi-horizontal ones, a la Campagnolo, the Surly tuggnut is the way to go.

    It also allows the use of QR axles. It looks overkill with solid axles; I didn't have one on my track bike and never slipped a wheel although it saw a fair amount of grunting (sprint matches, 1km time trial, ...). I loved Madison races, hand relay of course

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