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Old 10-27-10, 11:20 AM   #1
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Mountain bike gears skipping issue

I have been riding my and i had no problems with it whatsoever and all of a sudden my gears skip when i ride. I went to a bike shop and they said that its because my suspension was moving my bike around in the middle and it was changing the angle of the front and rear cassette and that's what was causing the skipping. I tightened the suspension and it keeps skipping.

Then i went there again and they said my chain was old. I got a new chain and it still keeps skipping. I was thinking of changing the cassette or the derailleur. What should i change?

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Old 10-27-10, 12:29 PM   #2
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It may be that the chain and rear sprockets are getting worn. Especially if you ride in the middle ring up front and the two smallest in the back a lot. Once the damage is done to the rear sprockets adding a new chain won't fix it. If this sounds like you then switch to the big front ring and use one of the bigger rear sprockets up in the middle of the stack. The small cogs in the back will still be worn but you can put off buying a new freewheel or cassete for quite a while this way because you'd be using gears that you haven't worn out yet. Or if you are using the big front ring and the two smallest all the time then there's no real option but to buy a new freewheel or cassete. to go with the new chain.
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