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Help with strange chain slack

Hi folks,

I was adjusting my chain slack 2 minutes ago and after completion, I started spinning the wheel to make sure the chain slack was even.

I noticed that at a certain point there was close to no slack at all , other chain sections were ok.

Does that mean the chain is toasted? I searched the forum prior asking but did not find anything.


Thx in advance for your help!
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Talking Proper Chain Slack

Adjust the chain slack with the chain in the tightest, least slack, position. At the tightest position the slack should measure between 1.0" (25.4mm) and 1.4" (35.5mm). Tighten, or loosen, the chain adjusters nut until the slack at the tightest position measures as above. Then tighten, re-torque, the axle nut.
Recheck chain slack as above, re-adjust as necessary so that chain slack at the tightest position is in spec. If not, repeat above procedure until slack is correct.
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Thx for the quick reply! So should I take this as beeing normal to have 1 inch difference between tightest and slackest position? I have close to 20 000km on the bike.
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One inch is considerable. I don't know what the usual difference limit would be, but I had to replace my original chain and sprockets at 4000 Kms for the same reason. It also didn't like being broken in hard.
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Yeah, I think I will bring it to my dealer to have it changed. I like to get lost on gravel roads for hours away from any cell tower, I kinda lost confidence on the bike right now. Can't imagine what would happen if the chain jammed that far from any possible contact.
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Yeah, I think I will bring it to my dealer to have it changed. I like to get lost on gravel roads for hours away from any cell tower, I kinda lost confidence on the bike right now. Can't imagine what would happen if the chain jammed that far from any possible contact.
Wise decision. 20k is very decent out of the chain, and it sounds like you have a tight spot in it.
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