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Old 01-25-11, 01:47 PM
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Ultra spaced freewheel vs standard chain

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Help me win a bet here. When one uses an Ultra spaced 6 speed freewheel, can you still use the standard 5 speed chain?


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Can you? Yes. Will shifting be degraded? Also, yes.
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I used a 5-speed chain with an ultra-6 for a while, and it didn't shift great, but it worked. Then I put on a SRAM 8-speed chain, and was only a tiny bit better. Then I put on a slightly narrower Campy (CR9?), and that was a tiny beit better than the SRAM, but still not great.

With my particular combination of cogs (14-32), it was probably only going to work well with an ultra chain, which are hard to come by, so I put on a 5-speed freewheel. Some people have gotten good results with an 8-speed chain or this Campy chain. They probably have ultras with smaller jumps between cogs than my 14-32.

But the 5-speed chain will probably never shift great, and will slop around, side-to-side.
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