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Old 06-28-05, 11:08 AM
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Anyone use Ultegra Triple Crank w/ SRAM?

Does anyone out there use an Ultegra Triple Crankset with an SRAM chain? If so, how does it run for you? I ask because (in a seperate thread), I've been tracking down an annoying ticking noise in the crank, and identified the shift ramps on the back of the 42T middle ring as the culprit (I'm assuming they are shift ramps, i don't have a better word for these little metal nubs with a ramped edge). they seem to be contacting the chain as it goes around and the "tick" is occurring when it release or make contact with the chain.


Soooooo, just curious. If you use an Ultegra Triple 9spd crankset, what chain do you have on it?
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Originally Posted by french.ace
Does anyone out there use an Ultegra Triple Crankset with an SRAM chain? If so, how does it run for you? I ask because (in a seperate thread), I've been tracking down an annoying ticking noise in the crank, and identified the shift ramps on the back of the 42T middle ring as the culprit (I'm assuming they are shift ramps, i don't have a better word for these little metal nubs with a ramped edge). they seem to be contacting the chain as it goes around and the "tick" is occurring when it release or make contact with the chain.


Soooooo, just curious. If you use an Ultegra Triple 9spd crankset, what chain do you have on it?
I've noticed the same thing. I've recently swapped out the Specialized house brand crankset for an Ultegra tripple 6503 and have noticed an annoying tick every RPM while on the big chainring. Haven't noticed it with the 42 but I haven't ridden that particular bike much (I have too many others!) since I changed the cranks. The chain is a SRAM PC-69.

Edit: I bought the Ultegra tripple via the returns section at Nashbar for ~$60 so I just couldn't help myself!!

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Old 06-28-05, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by french.ace
Does anyone out there use an Ultegra Triple Crankset with an SRAM chain? If so, how does it run for you? I ask because (in a seperate thread), I've been tracking down an annoying ticking noise in the crank, and identified the shift ramps on the back of the 42T middle ring as the culprit (I'm assuming they are shift ramps, i don't have a better word for these little metal nubs with a ramped edge). they seem to be contacting the chain as it goes around and the "tick" is occurring when it release or make contact with the chain.


Soooooo, just curious. If you use an Ultegra Triple 9spd crankset, what chain do you have on it?
Shimano on some Sram on others ...no issues.
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Old 06-28-05, 11:31 AM
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Ah, it feels good not to be alone. I haven't really tried the 52T yet. I'll have to see....
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I am having this exact same annoying noise. Only in the middle ring (42t) and seemingly only when spinning. If I am in the granny no noise, if I am in the big ring no noise, if I am mashing in the middle ring I don't hear it but maybe my grunting and groaning is drowning it out. BUT I am using a Shimano HG-93 chain...with a SRAM link. I hear this 2x per revolution of the cranks and it really pretty much annoys me. Being 2X per revolution I find it hard to believe that it is due to the SRAM link. This is an Ultegra 6503 crankset...172.5mm if it for some reason matters.
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I went out for an hour's ride today with the bike that has the "tick" hoping to wear down the parts that were causing the noise and after an hour it was still there. Fortunately, in my case it's on the 52t and not the 42t where I live most of the time. Also, it seems to be more of a nuisance than anything as I didn't detect any chain irregularites or malfunctions.
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I switched to the SRAM 89R on my triple Ultegra due to annoying noise and found it performs great (crisp shifts) and makes less noise than the stock Shimano HG chain. I'm on my second SRAM chain so I guess I am sold on the SRAM. I also really like the powerlink as it lets me easily remove the chain for thorough cleanings.

I also found that when chain becomes noisy it is usually a sign that it is time for a new chain. It may worth a try as chains are relatively cheap compared to other parts. This is just my experience so take it for what its worth.
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Originally Posted by Kid-Cycle
I switched to the SRAM 89R on my triple Ultegra due to annoying noise and found it performs great (crisp shifts) and makes less noise than the stock Shimano HG chain. I'm on my second SRAM chain so I guess I am sold on the SRAM. I also really like the powerlink as it lets me easily remove the chain for thorough cleanings.
Yes I agree that Shimano chains are noisy, but the original poster was asking about "Ultegra tripples with SRAM chains" so Shimano chain issues, new or old, aren't relevant.

I also found that when chain becomes noisy it is usually a sign that it is time for a new chain. It may worth a try as chains are relatively cheap compared to other parts. This is just my experience so take it for what its worth.
My SRAM PC-69 chain has ~80 miles on it. It's not the chain as it wasn't doing the "ticking" with the previous Specialized house brand crankset/chainrings. I don't know if the other posters have worn chains or not.
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I will add to this a little more. I should have also noted that on my Marin which has a Shimano Tiagra triple and a SRAM chain I do not have this noise so I REALLY don't think it is a chain issue. On my wife's Specialized Sirrus which also has a Sora/Tiagra level (Specialized house branded crank) triple there is no similar ticking with a Shimano chain and NO SRAM link.

Is there something in the ramps and pins on the Ultegra 6503 chain rings that is different than the lower models?
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I was thinking about this last night as I sat yet again with bike to try and pinpoint the exact source of the noise. These ramps are obviously a design feature of the Ultegra triple and it seems that others on this forum have used other types of chains with no problems. Maybe those ramps are supposed to be up snug against the chain as it goes around. What do I know? Maybe that's what they're supposed to do, an the fact that the chain ticks when it meets these ramps is just a coincidence.

It's just that I'm dealing with an all brand new drivetrain here, and the old crank I had on there lacked those ramps on the back and never made a sound. When I saw how they were touching the chain like that on the ultegra, it seemed like that was the answer as I had exhausted all the other possibilities.

Oh well. Unfortunately, I'm the kind of person who can't live with that kind of annoying sound very long, so it's very likely to drive me crazy if I don't get an expert opinion on it soon....
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Maybe some photos? I could tear my Tiagra crank apart and show it....I will do this tonight and post it here.
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Will do grasschopper. Although, you'll have to excuse me. I'm sick of pulling my crank off the bike. I'm done fooling with it, so it'll have to be on the bike...
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Will do grasschopper. Although, you'll have to excuse me. I'm sick of pulling my crank off the bike. I'm done fooling with it, so it'll have to be on the bike...
Why don't I just do it later. I am running my Tiagra triple as a double without the 52 tooth ring so I can take the photo on the bike. As for the Ultegra I just pulled that crank in favor of a compact double so it is off bike and I can get some photos easy. Will have to wait for tonight though.
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I'll lay this to rest once and for all for the benefit of anyone else with a similar problem. I swapped the middle chainring out for TA 40 tooth chainring. No more noise, and the thing runs beautifully now. The shift from the middle to the outer ring is not quite as crisp, but I spend so much of my time in the middle ring anyway. I can live with that.
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Originally Posted by french.ace
Does anyone out there use an Ultegra Triple Crankset with an SRAM chain? If so, how does it run for you? ... If you use an Ultegra Triple 9spd crankset, what chain do you have on it?
I'm a little late to the game, and it's a moot point now, but I'm running an SRAM PC-970 chain on my 2004 Ultegra triple 9-speed crank set (52-42-30). It's been fine for over 1000 miles.

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