- Chain suck on brand new kit? (Hemlock)
I was getting some pretty bad chain suck on my Hemlock soon after I got the frame – I’d swapped all the kit over from my old bike. The chain stay is shaped so that once the chain gets in there, I was having to take the cranks off to remove it. Turns out the front rings were completely shagged, and chain not great either.
So I bought a brand new drive-chain – steel Deore front rings, Sram PC991 chain, and Sram cassette. However it’s done it twice again in as many rides. I can’t think what could be causing it when the total mileage on the rings and chain is less than 50.
The BB has a single 2/3mm spacer on the drive side, nothing on the non-drive-side, so I can’t space it out any more unfortunately.
Any suggestions, please?!
CheersPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Absolutely brand new rings and chain can be a bit sticky til they wear in, apparently- never had it but you hear it a lot, and it does make sense.
If it’s a late model Hemlock, or it’s got the last version of the chainstays fitted, then the beefed up stays do come pretty close to the rings- that can’t cause chainsuck but it can mean it’s a bugger when it happens, quite jammy. I made myself a chainsuck guard using a bolt through a blackspire stinger backplate- sort of like the K-Edge things except mine works 😉 Not really essential but when riding in really manky conditions, fetid innerleithen winter races and the like, it’s been well worthwhile.Posted 4 years ago
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