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Short GX Eagle Chain Safe?


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I purchased a new chain and shortened it too much (due to embarrassing reasons that we shall not discuss :whistling: ).

 

I adjusted the b-tension screw to 15mm as required and everything is shifting perfectly.

 

Is there any reason for concern to ride with a short chain? Will it create more wear or possibly damage my derailleur?

 

From what I read online it seems to be fine as long as (with bottoming out the rear suspension):

 

1) The jockey wheel does not contact the biggest ring

2) The cage still has a lot of play available (I see it even goes past horizontal)

3) There is a slight bend in the chain

 

Here is an image:

 

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Is that a hardtail or dual suspension bike? If it's a hardtail you'll be okay. If it's a dual suspension you are going to snap that deraillieur off as soon as you cycle through the suspension.

 

From the looks of it that is a Scale.

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Is that a hardtail or dual suspension bike? If it's a hardtail you'll be okay. If it's a dual suspension you are going to snap that deraillieur off as soon as you cycle through the suspension.

 

From the looks of it that is a Scale.

Dual suspension, Spark.

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These things happen ....  :whistling:

 

Safer to start with a chain that is just too long, we ended with this after following the typical approach -

 

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From here it was easy to remove two links -

 

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And the optimal length, with the least strain on the derailure springs -

 

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Having already gone too short .... As MeRidaMyBicycle said, add in a few links and another quick link.

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