Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida
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Irregular Chain Tension Question
Sorry if this one has been asked 3000 times and has been answered already but I scanned hi and low and could not find the answer that I seek.
I just got a new heavy duty DID chain and installed it with new front and rear sprockets. I use a rear bike stand on swing arm spool so the back tire is under no load. I adjusted the chain until I get to what I believe is proper tension and then tighten the axle nut. Doing so seems to to tighten the chain every so slightly more. I then spin the wheel and notice that with my brand new chain there are tight sections and then there are also loose sections. I never had this happen with the EK brand chains in the past and thought that when there was pronounced uneven tension it was a sign of a chain at the end of life--not brand new like this DID chain.
i read that proper tension should be set when the wheel is rotated to the chains tightest section.
So my question is, is it ok that a brand new DID chain has ~1.5 inches of slack in one section and as much as ~2.5 inches in other sections?
Just super worried there is something way more sinister wrong with my bike and wish to resolve this one before rolling again.
Matt from Cape Canaveral, Florida
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