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    Noisy/grinding freewheel...?

    Thanks to everyone for your help regarding my recent switch over to SS (a la my new monocog). I've only commuted back and forth to work so far (no trails yet), but for that purpose, it's a killer.

    On my ride to work this morning, I felt a grind that resonated in the frame, happening about every half turn of the crank - but only when I was mashing up a pretty steep hill. It's not a bad grind, but it's definitely there and noticable.

    Also, the freewheel on this thing is pretty loud. I could live with it, because it's a pretty cheap bike and I know I can't expect whisper silent.

    So I called the shop this morning and the mechanic who put it together (and who also owns a mono) said that he could almost guarantee it was the freewheel and that the grease just hadn't "settled in yet." He also said he had the same issue with his, and that it went away within 30 or 40 miles.

    What do you think? Does this sound plausible? Or should I be getting a second opinion from another shop ASAP?

    Matt

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    Sounds like the chain is too tight to me. There are always tight and loose spots during rotation. If the tight spots are too tight the system binds causing noise and premature wear of the chain, ring, cog and FW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Sounds like the chain is too tight to me. There are always tight and loose spots during rotation. If the tight spots are too tight the system binds causing noise and premature wear of the chain, ring, cog and FW.
    So is there a good fix for a too-tight chain? Just eyeballing it, the chain doesn't appear to be too taut. Or is that not what you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by homestar
    So is there a good fix for a too-tight chain?
    Adjust it. Move the wheel slightly forward in the dropouts.



    Just eyeballing it, the chain doesn't appear to be too taut. Or is that not what you mean?
    Spin the cranks backwards. Do you feel any binding? If so, the chain is too tight.
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