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    Chain tensioner recommendations

    I have a Niner Air9 RDO which I love but not the best bike to set up SS. It requires a chain tensioner and I've used a Singleator and Forte ones in the past but the spring over time seems to weaken. Someone in another thread recommended a DMR tensioner and the Blackspire Stinger which both look like good options. I'm guessing the Stinger will work with a BB30 and the low chainstays on my Air9.

    What would you recommend out of those two and are there any other options I should look at?

    Edit: After looking at the Blackspire setup, I don't think it'll work on my Air9. I need something that pushes the chain down and doesn't pull the chain up because the chain will rub against the chainstays.
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    I've used the Sette version of the DMR tensioner from pricepoint for a while now. Haven't had any issues with slippage.

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    If it is a BB30....why not just use the BioCentricII EBB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by irv_usc View Post
    I've used the Sette version of the DMR tensioner from pricepoint for a while now. Haven't had any issues with slippage.
    Good to know thanks.

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    If it is a BB30....why not just use the BioCentricII EBB?
    Oops, I meant it's PF30. I could still get an EBB for it from Wheels Manufacturing, but I'm not sure if those are more prone to slipping and creaking (both issues that I tend to have problems with because I'm 185 and really try to hammer on the cranks). Also, there's very little clearance if the chain is a direct line from the chain ring to cog.

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    The Soulcraft Convert, if you can find one. Slick set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bank5 View Post
    Good to know thanks.



    Oops, I meant it's PF30. I could still get an EBB for it from Wheels Manufacturing, but I'm not sure if those are more prone to slipping and creaking (both issues that I tend to have problems with because I'm 185 and really try to hammer on the cranks). Also, there's very little clearance if the chain is a direct line from the chain ring to cog.

    Personally, if the frame can be run without an external tensioner, I would go that way first. Derailluer hanger mounted tensioners are prone to rock strikes and bent hangers.
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    I have had a wheels eccentric for over a year now, no creaking no slipping no problem

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    I'd go EBB first, if not, then DMR.

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    I emailed Soulcraft a while back trying to get one of theirs & never heard back. They still in business?

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    Soulcraft is still in business. I called them and went to voice mail. Sean called me back within a half hour and even though I bought my Convert used on Ebay, he asked what all I had and sent me pieces I was missing for ten bucks. Couldn't have asked for better service than that.
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    i have a tensile and it rocks. a 22t cog just barely fits tho

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