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Old 08-18-08, 07:48 PM   #1
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hey, my bike "Specialized Hardrock cruz" will not make it up a hill. The chain keeps on skipping, I checked for stiff links and found one a fixed it. But the chain still jerks while I go up any hill, yet on plane flat grass/ground its ok. What should I do?
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Assuming your chain is now free moving with no stiffness at all and provided your rear derrailleur is adjusted OK then it's likely that your chain and rear cassette has hit its "End Of Life". Skipping like that on an older or high mileage system is generally a sign that the chain is worn and the teeth of the sprockets on the cassette have had it as well.
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hey, my bike "Specialized Hardrock cruz" will not make it up a hill. The chain keeps on skipping, I checked for stiff links and found one a fixed it. But the chain still jerks while I go up any hill, yet on plane flat grass/ground its ok. What should I do?
Well, it seems to be derailleur hanger alignment night on the forum. You are describing some classic symptoms of a bent hanger. First step - get it checked. Any bike needs a straight hanger, but nine and ten speed bikes tend to be REALLY fussy. If you bang your RD and bend that hanger - at all - it's going to have some negative effect on rear shifting.

Of course, there is always the chance that your chain, cassette, or chainring/s are just smoked. Get them checked by your LBS. Going up hill is always going to be worst case for any drive train.
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