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    i just finished my first SS setup about a month ago. I broke apart an old cassette and used a somewhat old chain with minimal stretch... 1/16 inch and a brand new chainring. i didnt want to invest much money on new stuff until i knew if it was staying in the lineup or hanging in the garage. anyway, its turned into the primary and i just broke the chain this weekend. I just ordered a new 18T SS cog for 10$ on ebay, and will probably head down to the LBS this afternoon for a new chain.


    will the 9 spd chainring work with a SS chain? Should i just stick with an 8 spd chain like i was using before? also planning on getting the cheapest one there, am i setting my self up for a break?

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    i find 1/8 chains work ok with 9spd stuff (3/32), especially after a little wear.
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    just get an 8speed chain. Or better yet KMC makes some very good 3/32 singlespeed specific chains. 1/8" (BMX) chain is louder, heavier and will were out 3/32" chainrings and cogs faster. don't mix and match when you don't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay-are-eh
    just get an 8speed chain. Or better yet KMC makes some very good 3/32 singlespeed specific chains. 1/8" (BMX) chain is louder, heavier and will were out 3/32" chainrings and cogs faster. don't mix and match when you don't have to.
    I already have the cog on the way... no chain yet.. am i better off biting the bullit and getting a ss specific chainring now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by laackund
    I already have the cog on the way... no chain yet.. am i better off biting the bullit and getting a ss specific chainring now?
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    new is good, ramps are bad

    if you can i'ld definatly get an ss chainring. the ramps and pins on a geared ring wear quickly and tend to chuck the chain if tension is low. Blackspire make nice and reasonably affordable one, or a cheap vuelta would do. As long as there are no shift ramps you are good. Also try to get as large a size as you can push for better chain wrap.

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    Since you admitted that it is now your primary ride, I wouldnt hold back Id get myself a KMC Z610HX chain and a SS specific chainring to make this bike as reliable as a primary bike should be.
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    The devils in the details..

    Quote Originally Posted by laackund
    Will the 9 spd chainring work with a SS chain? Should i just stick with an 8 spd chain like i was using before? also planning on getting the cheapest one there, am i setting my self up for a break?

    thanks in advance
    No problem!! SS chains are big and 9sp chainrings are small. Big fits on small (small does not fit on big). BTW your 9sp chainring is actually 1/128" smaller than an 8sp; 3/32 chain. This is why a 3/32 or 1/8" chain will work on a 9 sp chainring (big on small), but you would not want to use a 9sp chain on an 8 sp chainring (small on big). Granted it's a very small difference and most likely will work, but since there are a plethora of 8 sp chains and larger, why take the chance?

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    thanks for all the help
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