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Last Post 08/16/2013 11:14 AM by Kenny Gonzales. 23 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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08/15/2013 10:02 AM
What Keith said.....since the advent of 8 speed systems, the angle has been the same on drivetrains through 10 speed systems, but the increased flexibility has made cross-chaining a non-issue.

That said, from a drivetrain efficiency standpoint, you want to be in the middle of your cassette as much as possible. The more angle you have in your chain, the lower the efficiency of the drivetrain, and that costs you a few watts.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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08/15/2013 10:25 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 08/15/2013 10:02 AM
The more angle you have in your chain, the lower the efficiency of the drivetrain, and that costs you a few watts.


I'm surprised you didn't mention the non-aero properties of a chain running at a severe angle
durielk

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08/15/2013 12:00 PM
It's impossible to cross chain on a compact. If there are no steep hills the small ring is virtually not used.
OK if your in the big/big your crossed chained, but other than that keep in the big ring.

79pmooney

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08/15/2013 12:33 PM
Cross chaining. The cycling equivalent to cross dressing? (One of the reasons I like riding fixies so much. As straight as you can get.)

Ben
Cosmic Kid

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08/15/2013 05:31 PM
Posted By Dale Dale on 08/15/2013 10:25 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 08/15/2013 10:02 AM
The more angle you have in your chain, the lower the efficiency of the drivetrain, and that costs you a few watts.


I'm surprised you didn't mention the non-aero properties of a chain running at a severe angle


Still unproven at this time....not enough data. ;-)
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Pin0Q0

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08/15/2013 06:16 PM
Not sure what the fuss is if you are riding compact ten speed. 53x24  photo 6a3ee73d-bea2-4460-aac7-8f508c10bd8b_zps4bc220a1.jpg
Cosmic Kid

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08/15/2013 09:23 PM
Posted By Kameron Kameron on 08/15/2013 06:16 PM
Not sure what the fuss is if you are riding compact ten speed. 53x24  photo 6a3ee73d-bea2-4460-aac7-8f508c10bd8b_zps4bc220a1.jpg


Uhhhh.....you know that is not cross-chained, right? ;-)
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Pin0Q0

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08/15/2013 11:31 PM
CK Still not sure what the fuss is...I am referring to=> Basically a rider using the big-big or little-little combo (i.e. riding in the 39-11 or 53-23, 53-25, whatever).
Gonzo Cyclist

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08/16/2013 11:14 AM
Still a bad idea even with modern drive trains, puts undue stress on your chain, wears out your chainrings, and cassettes much faster, and will eventually wear out the springs in your rear derailure
We have these old timers that come in the shop, they do this all the time, and then freak out when we tell them their drive train is shot, the modern stuff is not quite as durable, and wears out quicker, another issue is the guys that don't clean their drive trains, or hardly lube them.
It's funny to tell them about my TCX with a Tiagra drive train that had 10K on it, all I did was kept it clean and lubed, and it never missed a shift. sometimes spending more, does not mean MORE durability. especially if you don't take care of it
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