- Do you find Clutch mech's do anything at all to prevent chain slap?
My bike is definitely quieter with the clutch engaged, but it still doesn’t eliminate chain slap entirely as I need to run the chain a bit longer to deal with the 40t T-Rex. If I was running a standard cassette I reckon I could lose a couple of extra links which would almost completely eliminate the slap. My hardtail is even quieter on 1×9, with a clutch-less super short Saint mech, but then I’m able to run the chain quite tight, and the Saint mech has a pretty stiff spring.Posted 3 years agoamediasSubscriber
An annoying side effect of fitting a clutched mech for me has been that now I notice the *other* noises, like flapping cables pinging off the top tube, rattling brake lever pivot, trail debris bouncing off downtube etc.
Chainslap basically gone from my experience. You can adjust the clutch for a bit more tension if yours is a bit weak, but if you’re finding its the top section flapping that won’t help much. Do you do a lot of back peddling taking tension off the top run?Posted 3 years ago
Since fitting my XT clutch mech over a year ago I don’t think I have lost the chain once on my 2 x 10 setup.
For this reason alone it has been well worth the money but as far as I can tell its done absolutely nothing to quieten down my bike.
Just a little confused why there are so many people claiming clutch mechs reduce or eliminate chain slap.
Having looked at the marks on my bike from where the chain hits, it appears that the bit of chain that flaps about is the top line rather than the bottom line. It makes sense as the top bit of chain doesn’t look like it can be effected or tensioned by the clutch since its isolated from the rear mech at both ends by the chainring and sprocket.
Discuss….Posted 3 years ago
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