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Shorter chain improves shifting?(7 posts)

Shorter chain improves shifting?NewDayNewWay
Aug 15, 2003 4:55 AM
Since I'm NEVER in the large chain ring and the largest cog at the same time would removing one or two links from my chain improve shifting? Disadvantages?
Aug 15, 2003 6:00 AM
There is absolutely no value in shortening a chain, to anything less than the maximum useable length. The disadvantange is that you could tear up the derailleur if you inadvertently shifted into the big ring while in one of the larger cogs. Don't do it.

If you're never in the big chainring, perhaps you should consider different gearing.
Only if you have a 1980 friction drivetrain......nmMR_GRUMPY
Aug 15, 2003 6:17 AM
Yes on cross or MT bikes, not necessarily on the roadBergMann
Aug 15, 2003 8:57 AM
Go to the shimano website and download their instructions for installing Dura-Ace or Ultegra chains. Shimano's instructions for proscribed chain lengths have gotten a lot more aggressive (i.e. shorter) over the last decade. Their recommendation is to take a length of chain that just fits over the large ring and large cog (although you should never use this combo) and add a certain number of links (I believe it is one or two).

If you ride on really rough roads, or offroad, having only exactly as much chain as you need will help prevent chain slap and the dreaded chain suck.

Whatever you do, don't just guess and pull out links -- if you're not 100% sure of what you're doing you may wind up buying a new derailleur. Take the time to do the download and do it right.
re: Shorter chain improves shifting?shoalin
Aug 15, 2003 2:30 PM
Like this. I found this picture on Ebay.
oohhhhhhhhh....... THAT HURTS! (nm)B2
Aug 15, 2003 5:25 PM
Ack! FS: Ciocc with bent RD hanger and crappy shifting. nmSpunout
Aug 15, 2003 5:30 PM