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Old 03-04-18, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by BikingViking793 View Post
Chain stayed on the largest cog and the gear in the front and the chain would go slack rather than pedal backwards. Just like you describe, slack from the top of the chainring to the top of the largest cog.
Again, I'm not there to see it, but that would normally indicate either excess friction in the freehub or interference at the pulley/chain/cog interface, and either of those can and should be corrected. If it's the freehub there would be some slack as well when you coast, but not if the latter is the cause.
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