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    Can I get away with this?

    I converted my hard tail with a surly singleator and experienced slipping when pedaling hard.

    I noticed there wasn't much wrap around the rear cog so I removed a link to get more tension. After that the chain was too tight so I removed the tensioner so I could switch it to push up instead of down but I noticed that it seems pretty good without it. What do you guys think?




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    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some1callthekomsquad View Post
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    Short and sweet. Thanks for confirmation!


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    It's called "Magic Gearing" The one drawback is if your chain is new it will stretch and maybe become too loose. If it's broken in, you are good to go for awhile.

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    I had a very similar issue and adjusting my singlelator to push up mode and using the zip tie method did the trick. Chain stretch will invariably make your life a nightmare at some point without a tensioner. Better safe than sorry

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    If you find a magic gear- keep it. You don't need expensive chains for SS, so when it gets too loose- replace it.
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    i guess it was dumb luck for me, just the gear i wanted too- 32x18. i'll keep an eye on the chain growth, thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath View Post
    It's called "Magic Gearing" The one drawback is if your chain is new it will stretch and maybe become too loose. If it's broken in, you are good to go for awhile.
    Yea but as cheap as Sram 8 speed chains are when this happens buy a new chain. Who cares if it still has life left.

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    Sram's 8 speed chains are pretty slow to stretch in my experiences. Sram's PC-1 on the other hand stretches like a rubber band.

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    Yeah, that's been my experience as well. Wonder why...

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    I have found magic gears for a few different bikes ive owned, and never had an issue with it... some of the older grumpy guys and SS elitists will tell you that your chain is too loose when it stretches out a bit, but as long as you're not dropping then its fine imo.

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    If you find that you have to put your tensioner back on, always use it in the push up position, as it wraps more chain around the cog.
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    I am currently doing this on my FSI SS at 32x20t

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