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Old 04-21-08, 04:06 PM   #1
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Need Help - Chain vs Chainring not right size?

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I've tried searching the forum and the internet but I can't find anything on this. I ordered a 1/8" Sugino chainring and also a 1/8" SRAM PC-1 chain from Jenson. They both claim 1/8" on their packaging. But for some reason the chain is too narrow for the ring - the chain won't fit fully down into the valleys. Now, Jenson's customer service has been pretty cool and they've sent me a replacement chain saying that the PC-1 isn't totally 1/8". However, I received their replacement chain and it still doesn't work. I took some measurements - it seems that the SRAM chain is 1/8" but that the Sugino chainring is more like 5/32" or at least wider than 1/8". I need some opinions so that Jenson doesn't send me another chain thinking it's the chain that is out of tolerance.

What do you guys think:
1) chain is too narrow - meaning < 1/8"
2) chainring is too wide - meaning > 1/8"
3) combination of both

And, if it is the chainring that is too wide, should I just file it down or should I send it back?

And again, Jenson has been cool about it with trying to fix the problem, but I think the problem is either at SRAM or Sugino - maybe a bad batch.

Thanks for any inputs!
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Old 04-21-08, 04:16 PM   #2
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I know every chain ring I have ever used has been tapered up at the teeth it almost looks as though that chain ring never went through that process of the production. I say bad batch on sugino
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Old 04-21-08, 04:23 PM   #3
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Just send back the Sugino cranks or have a professional bike mechanic look at it, dumb ass. It's obvious you got your head up your ass, otherwise you'd be out biking by now.

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Hmmm, true - it does look like the teeth are the same width as the body of the ring.
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get one of those super wide bmx chains.
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Old 04-21-08, 04:33 PM   #6
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There was another guy last week having the same exact problem. Was it here or another f/g forum? I can't remember...
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Just send back the Sugino cranks or have a professional bike mechanic look at it, dumb ass. It's obvious you got your head up your ass, otherwise you'd be out biking by now.

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Seems someone's torn BF a new a-hole. Goes by vtho.

Recently someone came on posting about a too thick Sugino ring. Send it back.

*OP from that thread said an LBS mech told him he thinks there's another thicker size for track in Japan. They did replace it free of charge though.
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Roadfix, did that guy say it was the chain or the ring?
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Roadfix, did that guy say it was the chain or the ring?
I'm not RF, but it was definitely the ring
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Yep. Sounds like Sugino put out a bad batch of rings.
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HAHAHA - vtho is my gay friend in San Fran (I'm straight) and he's just giving me a hard time. I guess he literally does tear new a-holes.
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I guess I'm not the only one who ran into one of those rings.

Something is wrong with those chainrings. Long story short (read my thread above for more info): none of the mechanics here in Portland knew wtf was wrong with those chainrings. Unless you're running a motorcycle chain it ain't gonna fit.
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bad batch of chainring, dam that sucks
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Cool. Thanks all who've responded. I'll give Jenson.com a call tomorrow morning.
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