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Which MKS tensioner?

Old 07-24-09, 09:45 AM
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Which MKS tensioner?

Is there a huge difference in adjustability between these two MKS tensioners (njs)? Any feedback appreciated.



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Old 07-24-09, 10:04 AM
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neither surly is better mks break to easy

btw make one thread for all you newb question not a dozen it makes it seem less like your trolling
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Old 07-24-09, 10:09 AM
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90% of your posts are unintelligible ramblings. If you're not going to offer anything constructive, please don't reply. I have surly tensioners and they look like crap on an NJS track bike, which is why I asked about the MKS units in the first place.

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well I have had the stems break off clean on several pairs on the mks tensioners
they are not really designed for street use they can't handle any sort of grit and it is near impossible to keep them clean 100% of the time

if you are using this on a steel frame the top ones are the one to get the others have a wider mouth on them for AL frames

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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=353367
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=284800

btw as for unintelligible ramblings stop asking questions that have already been answered and stop clogging up the forums with what seem to be trolling threads

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Old 07-24-09, 10:34 AM
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I've already done my research on the tensioners. I'm asking about adjustability from one to other, as both are offered in 5mm NJS versions for a 10mm axle, which is what I need. I didn't ask about the durability or what will work for my frame. I'm asking if one is more adjustable than the other (hex vs. allen).

Jesus Christ; you can't get an easy answer from anyone in this place.
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well your question is kind of vague
I will speak to the top one as it is the only one I have experience with

adjustability was about the same as the surly
the tug had this very unique two way bolt be careful with this as one part my bottom out before the other and it can break that way too

as far as tpi goes I do remember it being a little finer than the surly as well

all in all it is a great mechanical design it just lacks practicality
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well to answer your question:

the one on the top is for steel frames

the one on the bottom is for aluminum frames

difference is the width of the dropouts

but i'm no expert
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Ive been running the same set of MKS tensioners for over 3 years. Never broke them.
Some people do break them. These are usually the same people who dont know how to use a wrench, in my experience.
These things need almost no torque to be tight enough for riding. Cranking down on them is stupid and unnecessary.
Yes, Surly tensioners are hideous and way too Nascar-ish for my tastes.

Both MKS tensioners above work equally well but as stated, bottom one is for wide, alumimum dropouts.
I prefer the top ones.
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Top tensioners can be used on dropouts up to 5mm in width.
Bottom tensioners go up to 10mm.

Wider dropouts = bottom tensioners
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there are three versions: allen in narrow and wide, and bolt in narrow NJS. i prefer the allen in whatever width you need; buying the wide if you only need the narrow may result in them coming loose faster.
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I ride MKS tensioners on my street fixed gear and on my mountain bike (ice bike) fixed gear.

They both look like the bottom one, but one has a wider groove for the mountain bike's thicker dropout.

I ride in all kinds of weather, and in especially nasty volcanic cinder, and both sets of my MKS tensioners have held up great for about four years now.

I have also ridden with Surly tensioners and a few others, which worked well enough but I didn't like their aesthetics.

The MKS tensioners sorta disappear.
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Old 07-25-09, 12:56 PM
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The bottom one may or not be for the wider drop outs, it's hard to tell from that angle, but like someone else said, they make them in both sizes. I've been using the narrower one on my steel frame and have had no complaints. They've never come loose, and I like the look of them better than some bigger, more unsightly tensioners.
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Old 07-25-09, 01:13 PM
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All I can say about this is I reeeally want these:




Get them and put gears on your NJS track frame. Only after you cold-set the stays to accommodate 10-speed though.

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those DMR tugs look similar to Onza tugs.

http://www.velosolo.co.uk/onzatug.html
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