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Help with Chain & Sprockets

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I have an '01 and need to replace both sprockets and chain. Any suggestions?

I don't want aluminum again and I want the best bang for the buck (longest lasting). I also don't think I want an o-ring chain again.

Are Sidewinders worth the money? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Sidewinders are not worth the money. If you want steel go with Sunstar. I would get sprocket specialists if you want somehting else. They have a new sprocket with an aluminum center section for weight savings and an outer steel section(teeth) for durability. The two pieces are held together in a way which looks similar to brake rotors. I am not sure of the durability of the fasteners which hold it together and I do not think anyone is as it is new, but you should try it. I know I will be next time. As for a chain, I would get a DID gold chain non oring. You may have to adjust it more frequently, but it will fit properly, weigh less, cost less, and have less rolling resistance than a oring chain will. Good luck.

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Steel will outlast aluminum. They have stainless steel which is supposibly even stronger, but I don't know if the increased life is directly proportional to the increased price.

Out of curiosity, why no o-ring chain?

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I look at this in two ways

if you race and depend on Weight and can afford to replace sprokest and chains, then go with Sidewinders, Renthals or Whatever.

BambiSlayer said it correct though Sidewinders are a ripe off (In My Opinion Only)

If you on a budget and want things to last and weight or racing is not an issue go with steel and bulk Chains. Buying name brand chanes at 50 - 60 + bucks is insane.

You can get a good chain that lasts a years or so depending on how hard you ride the beast. Its debateable on O-ring vs whatever, but personally if you keep things clean adjusted and spray wd on the chain after each ride it wil last....

[ July 22, 2002: Message edited by: E.G.O.**** ]

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If you like buying and adjusting chains get a non oring. If you think that both are an unpleasant expierence, get a x-ring and you won't do either for a very long time.

The odds are that if your chain was secretly switched to an oring (sounds like a Folgers commercial), you would never tell a difference in the extra weight.

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I just bought a setup from Sidewinder the Ti-Moly setup sprockets and the chain. Haven't got it yet is it really that bad of a deal? I guess I should have shopped around a little more just heard they had a good product.. Damn...

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I just bought a setup from Sidewinder the Ti-Moly setup sprockets and the chain. Haven't got it yet is it really that bad of a deal? I guess I should have shopped around a little more just heard they had a good product.. Damn...

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I disagree with Wyatts premis that if you get anx-ring you never have to adjust.

Sorry wyatt

But one should check & adjust if needed the chain and align after / before each ride.

This is general maint and will prolong the life of the chain and sprocket

[ July 22, 2002: Message edited by: E.G.O.**** ]

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If you're that concerned with weight then you shoudl stay with aluminum sprockets, steel are heavy.

Also I have a DID ERV-2 x-ring chain and it's not that much heavier than the stocker. Well worth any added weight/cost IMHO. Have fun!

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Ego,

I wouldn't think that you, of all people, would take things so seriously. I go over my bike with a fine tooth comb (no, I don't really use a comb), before and after every ride. You should always check the alignment of your rear wheel and the slack in your chain. The point is, with an x-ring you will hardly ever find it loose.

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