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    Which Chain?

    I'm going to run a wheels manufacturing ss conversion kit on my 9 speed xt hub. With a basic 32 tooth assuming 9 speed front chain ring. Should I run a ss chain or a 9 speed chain due to the 9 speed chainring. I do not know the difference between a ss chainring and a 9 speed ring.

    I may leave on the deraillers and just run ss to see how I like it before I make a larger investment in anything. Also due to my deraillers are tuned perfectly right now.
    Would a ss chain run through a lx rear derailler?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob.char
    I'm going to run a wheels manufacturing ss conversion kit on my 9 speed xt hub. With a basic 32 tooth assuming 9 speed front chain ring. Should I run a ss chain or a 9 speed chain due to the 9 speed chainring. I do not know the difference between a ss chainring and a 9 speed ring.

    I may leave on the deraillers and just run ss to see how I like it before I make a larger investment in anything. Also due to my deraillers are tuned perfectly right now.
    Would a ss chain run through a lx rear derailler?
    Thanks.
    Cheers
    There should be no problem running either a SS or 9 speed chain on the setup you describe. SS chains come in either 3/32" or 1/8". If you want to use your LX derailleurs your chain will have to be 3/32" (that's also the size of a 9 speed chain). As far as the difference between chainrings, multi-speed chainrings are designed with ramps and pins to help the chain pick-up and derail the chain. Since a SS dirvetrain does none of that, there are no pins or ramps on SS specific chainring. It's also a good idea to keep your derailleurs. The spring action of your rear derailleur is superior to the WM tensioner and will make up for any chainline issues; the front derailleur will also keep the chain on the chainring. I am not a big fan of spring tensioners, as I have seen them consistantly fail. If or when you decide to use the tensioner, I suggest you remove the spring and ziptie it in the "push up" position (see below). So, welcome to SS club and I hope you find riding sans derailleur as much as a hoot as all the other fools like me.
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