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1/8 chain compatible w/ 3/32 components and vise versa?(7 posts)

1/8 chain compatible w/ 3/32 components and vise versa?ishmael
Dec 8, 2002 5:49 PM
miche cranks supposedly need a 1/8 chain, how important is that? and should I only use a 1/8 freewheel?
re: 1/8 chain compatible w/ 3/32 components and vise versa?minneso
Dec 8, 2002 8:22 PM
My cook bros 33 tooth 1/8" chain ring is too wide for a 3/32 chain to work. The length link to link is the same though.

Both ACS and Shimano freewheels wheels will work with either chain size just fine.

SS only, no fixie..yet

I wouldn't get the Miche track crank..Qubeley
Dec 9, 2002 7:14 AM
I am also in the process of building my track bike, and did a little comparision of all the track crank on the market.
Miche crank use a 135mm BCD, which is what Campy use on their road cranks.
The standard of BCD for track is 144mm. It is really difficult if not impossible to find a 135mm track chainring. If you order the Miche, you will not be able to find a replacement when you need to get a bigger or smaller ring. I decided to spend a little more and get the Dura-Ace instead(over Campy Pista because I like the splined BB).
Just to answer your question: no, they are not compatible. You might get around with 3/32 ring and 1/8 chain, but definitely not the other way around.
1/8 chain on 3/32 gears works, but sounds like hell.Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 9, 2002 11:08 AM
The chain pops back and forth between snug on the outside and snug on the inside. My advice is stick with 3/32 everything. It'll be cheaper in the end, and 3/32 chains are of much higher quality (SRAM PC-58 on 3 bikes).

I agree, mine was real loud. nmDave Hickey
Dec 9, 2002 11:17 AM
Is that what that noise is?DougSloan
Dec 9, 2002 11:18 AM
My Pista has been pretty noisy. Despite generous oiling and messing with tension, I could not get it quiet. I am running a 1/8 chain and 3/32 cog. Will have to check the ring, though. How quiet can they be? Thanks.
Not silent, but smooth.Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 10, 2002 12:13 PM
I don't know about you folks, but my fixed gears are never as silent as my geared bike can be. There's always a hum coming from the cog, sounds like the distant hum of a machine shop floor. On the track, when the sound bounces off the boards back to your ear, it sounds alarmingly loud.

The sound I got when I had a 1/8 chain with 3/32 ring and cog was different. It was an occasional loud pop, as the chain shifted from side to side.