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    how quiet are your fixies?

    i keep reading and hearing how "whisper quiet" everyones fixed bikes are. is there something wrong with mine? i am running a 42 zen messenger ring with a kmc 410 1/8th chain to a 16 tooth dura-ace 1/8th cog. it feels super smooth, and it all looks pretty darn straight - just not that quiet. sounds like my 20" bmx bike. lots of chain spinning noise.
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    I haven't quite gotten around to purchasing one yet, but I suspect it will likely be a Soma Rush model.

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    Try a better chain, KMC 410 is ok stuff but the rest of your drive train is way classier than that.

    Some drivetrains are just loud, especially when new.
    "I don't buy new frames, it just encourages them."

    -T.G.

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    Mine's pretty loud too, despite a perfectly straight chainline and my best attempts to keep the chain clean and lubed. I think it's either the cheap KMC chain or the Surly cog. Or both.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Mine was quiet until I switched from the factory 16T cog to a Surly 19T. Now it sounds like a coffee grinder. Louder the harder I pedal, it seems. Izumi ESH chain.

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    i was used to riding my beat to hell iro crankset/duraace cog/i don't even know what chain combo on my iro that when i got my bareknuckle all built up with miche crankset and chain to phil cog, i was shocked at the difference. fresh drive train = deathly silent and smooth as butter. love it love it

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    I think it does have something to do with the Surly cog, mine was loud as hell when I first got it

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    mine is also a little bit louder than i want it to be. I've been blaming my heavy duty z-chain, but maybe it is the rear cog (or the suntour one piece cranks, ugh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicsucks
    (or the suntour one piece cranks, ugh)

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    quite quiet

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    stealthy.

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    Quiet as a mouse
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    Quote Originally Posted by ms.gio
    Quiet as a mouse
    I have a no-name mtb chainring on front --42, and a 16 Dura Ace on back--
    with a KMC chain. It makes a little noise but I really don't care--
    don't fixate on it if you don't have to--or unless it seems to be warning
    you of something.

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    straight chain line
    clean chain
    some phil or white lightning lube
    quiet as a corpse
    death before derailleur

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju-velo
    I have a no-name mtb chainring on front --42, and a 16 Dura Ace on back--
    with a KMC chain. It makes a little noise but I really don't care--
    don't fixate on it if you don't have to--or unless it seems to be warning
    you of something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ms.gio
    Memo to self...
    Doh! I meant this in regard to the OP

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    silent and greasy

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    When I built mine, I used regular SRAM 8-9 sp chain because that's what I had on hand. It's always stealthy quiet as long as the tension is right. That was the first thing that really grabbed my attention was the silence of it. So much so that I went to great measures tracking down and then silencing the slight rattling caused by the cable-less brake lever on the right side.

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    Chain makes a big diff. I switched from a cheap KMC to a nicer SRAM (P58), and things got quieter.
    Still not silent, but not a problem.
    I'm not a domestique damnit, I'm a lieutenant.

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    i've found that cog makes a bigger difference than chain. my surly cog is noisey, my DA cog is not. not a wide net of experience, but still.
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    sometimes it has to do with the chain being too tight, or just not lubed up... put a little bit of lube on there and be sure to remove the excess.
    --plop--

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    Some set ups are just loud, there are a lot of factors, frame, ring, cog, chain, etc

    My Steel track bike, with an Izumi ESH chain, Campagnolo chainring, and Campagnolo cog, is quite loud. I've noticed that most bikes in the Velodrome are loud, maybe its the gear combination, or surface of the track amplifying sounds.

    My conversion, which once had a jacked chainline, a cheap SRAM pc-1, and 20 year old sakae ringyo chainring, and a surly cog, was dead silent.

    My current set up on that bike is a miche ring, eai cog, and a izumi ESH, pretty quiet, but not "silent"

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    I just replaced my KMC Z/H chain with another Z/H. It went from quiet to loud, but the previous chain started off loud too. I think that's partly just the nature of a new drivetrain; as everything gets worn into each other it'll get quieter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mander
    I just replaced my KMC Z/H chain with another Z/H. It went from quiet to loud, but the previous chain started off loud too. I think that's partly just the nature of a new drivetrain; as everything gets worn into each other it'll get quieter.
    One thing about new chains.... The cosmoline used on new chains is not lubricant, it's rust preventative and attracts dirt like a b!tch. New chains should be thoroughly cleaned to remove the cosmoline and then lubed properly with your chain lube of choice. Maybe this is a "duh" statement and not applicable to the noisy drivetrain issues being dealt with here. I just thought it worth mentioning.

    Mark

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    my drivetrain is a little louder than i'd like right now, but i have no money to fix it. i think it's my chain (KMC Z chain) because my cogs and chainring are both quality (sugino 75 lockring, eai/da cogs).

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