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    is there any danger involved...

    in running a borderline TOO tight of gear ratio on vert dropouts? tight to the point that there is drag when backpedaling? how much will a chain stretch and how fast?

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    Is it an old chain? If it's new, try an old chain. IMO tight chains wear in really fast and after a ride or two the tension will be perfect, then wear seems to slow. You could also file the axle a tiny bit, but might not wanna do that to those swanky-looking wheels.

    I can't see any danger tho, except maybe to stress the cassette freehub a bit too much.

    Looks very clean without the derailleur - well done! And it is so much quieter, it'll be worth a bit of effort to sort out.

    I like Els. HTs too - my buddy has a Specialist - beautiful and super tough bike.

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    Chris
    Ride.

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    it was too tight, started pulling the cassette body apart. the xtr is back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iattackthedarkness
    it was too tight, started pulling the cassette body apart. the xtr is back on.
    was that with an old chain?
    Ride.

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    I bent an axle on an old style surly 1x1 hub by running a super tight chain. Other than that everyting else was fine. I never broke the chain. Gotta love the SRAM PC48!
    I had a bike w/vert drops that I converted to SS with a magic gear but it was very tight with a new chain. After a few rides it was perfect. The only problem was not being able to back spin your cranks freely.

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