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Originally Posted by Warbird21 View Post
My brother was over last night, he had not seen the new Salsa. He said I wouldn't notice any difference with the 48 tooth and should only try the 50. He said I would also need a new chain, and the whole process could be going down a bit of a rabbit-hole.
Yes, a larger ring will likely need a longer chain. And a new chain will likely need a new rear cassette, as chains and cassettes wear together, such that a new chain will not mesh securely under load with a worn cassette. There's also a possibility that the larger ring/longer chain may exceed the wrap capacity of your rear derailleur, requiring a longer cage derailleur.
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