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Old 12-09-07, 04:10 PM   #1
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Chain Tensioner That Works With Mercier Kilo TT

can anyone point me to a chain tensioner that works well with the kilo tt. Thanks
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Old 12-09-07, 04:19 PM   #2
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The MKS ones or Surly Tugnut will work just fine.
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Old 12-09-07, 06:14 PM   #3
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what exactly are chain tensioners?
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Old 12-09-07, 06:26 PM   #4
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I don't wanna waste another thread:

How deep in the dropout will the MKS bad boys let your axle go? I'm pretty far into the dropout as it is, and i had been thinking about dropping a link, I'd hate to have to add one.
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Old 12-09-07, 06:26 PM   #5
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what exactly are chain tensioners?
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That link will probably cause more confusion than enlightenment. In the SS/FG world, there are two types of chain tensioners. There is the type that the OP must have been referencing, which is used exclusively with track-ends. It bridges the track-end and has a washer type thing connected to a threaded bolt that "pulls" the axle backwards away from the cranks to easily set chain tension.

There's also the type that's a sprung arm with an idler wheel that takes up the slack in a chain. Like a derailleur that doesn't move left or right. You use these when you're running SS on a bike with vertical dropouts.
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Old 12-09-07, 07:33 PM   #7
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I had to grind down a MKS tensioner to get it on my girl's Kilo. Only took about 15 seconds though, and looks way more legit than the lame Surly one.
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can you post a quick pic, and what exactly did you grind it with? thanks!
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No camera available, sorry. But I just had to take down the edges right behind the washer shaped piece. It's very apparent which part needs to be ground down when you look at them. I used a grinding wheel, but it would go very quickly with a file as well.
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If you like Nascar, you'll love the Surly ones.
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do i get this one

http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...roducts_id=327

or this one

http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...roducts_id=328

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Old 12-09-07, 09:00 PM   #12
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well not the one that is for aluminum frames
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Does not compute. The Surly has a built-in bottle opener. Bud Light is twist-off.
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I used Sinz bmx ones on my Kilo
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I just got this one in the mail yesterday. Went on without any filing down. Installed in just a couple of minutes.
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All chain tensioners are ugly, unnecessary and a waste of money IMO.
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All chain tensioners are ugly, unnecessary and a waste of money IMO.
Yes. And Ben's bikes is making a killing on them.
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The Kilo has track ends, right? If so, they're not needed. Go without, and you'll shave seconds off of your time.
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Yes. And Ben's bikes is making a killing on them.
Not surprising seeing how a hipster and their $ are soon parted by purchasing bling that they are told they need to have by the internets.
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I have a Redline on that I had on my old race bmx bike for ages, and it's super sweet.
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