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Changing a triple to a double.(4 posts)

Changing a triple to a double.Allen az
Oct 4, 2001 6:18 PM
Is it possible to remove the 3rd (smallest) ring on a triple? I never use it. It's a Cyclone crank that came with Shimano Sora, (cheap stuff).

Piece o' cake, but not worth the trouble...cory
Oct 4, 2001 9:16 PM
If you just want to take the sucker off, it's about a three-minute job--get a crank puller, pull the right crankarm, use an allen wrench to unscrew the five (four?) bolts that hold it on and throw away everything you don't need. Then adjust the low-gear limit screw on the front derailleur so you can't shift the chain down onto the air where the little ring used to be.
You could get a shorter bottom bracket spindle to move the crankarm closer to the BB, or you could buy a new double crankset AND bottom bracket.
Unless you just think a triple makes you look like a sissy, though, there's not much point in it. You save an ounce or three, but I've always found that small ring to be a handy thing to have, even if only after I fall off and just don't feel like hammering anymore..
2nd that, plusDog
Oct 5, 2001 5:32 AM
What you could do is instead of removing it, use it. Get a smaller cogset, like a 12-21; then you'll have closer gear ratios, and likely will need to use the small ring. The smaller cogset will probably lose more weight than removing the 3rd ring alone would.

Way to think outside the box Dog!! nmvanuztas
Oct 5, 2001 5:48 AM