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M_V

Member since Aug 2008 • Last active May 2016

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    xtx660 supermoto?

    XT660X is waaaay too obese to really be considered as a supermoto. Also, shit finish on the engine.

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    3/32" DA cog at similar angle for comparison

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    Sounds like a load of arse.

    Here's a 12t Sugino Gigas that looks about as thick as I'd expect an 1/8" cog to look.

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    Is there an ignore button yet?

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    My friend and I been experimenting with belt drive, in the end we end up realising that chain is much easier, especially to repair

    I think belt drive sounds like a good idea but the reality isn't quite there.

    To run belt you need singlespeed or at least singlespeed drivetrain, ie hub gear so that already makes the chain easier to maintain, wear out less etc.

    If you're thinking the belt will be better for wet weather use then you're probably already using (or planning for) guards so you don't get wet yourself and a mudguard good enough to keep you dry will also keep the chain a lot drier and cleaner.

    Chuck a chain case (even a hockey stick style) in there and the chain will be very well protected.

    You google "singlespeed chain" and there's loads of links to chains from £5, you google "gates centretrack", "gates cdx" or "gates bicycle belt" and there's barely a retailer on the first page of results.

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    I guess you have to go for Di2 after all.

    Yeah, this.

    And 11 speed while you're at it.

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    where as what hubs I have available to me are new ones.

    Do you have the hubs already?

    If I was buying one now, I'd avoid the top normal ones like the plague. They are going to need specific shifters, cassette joints and who knows what else.

    AFAIK the same cassette joint will work on 7 and 8 speed Nexus and bottom normal Alfine and the 8 speed Nexus and bottom normal Alfine can also share shifters.

    God knows about the internals, I can't see how they could be the same.

    There are bottom normal Alfine 8s with no fitting kit/small parts on ebay for like £80. When I owned an Alfine 8 (bought used) I considered buying one and just swapping the internals to refresh mine.

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    So she has the Microshift or the Jtek bar end shifter?

    I've never used the Jtek, but heard it's not great. The Microshift on mine is great, very positive indexing. I've also used an Ultegra bar end shifter (on another bike) and would say shifting feel was similar to that if not better.

    I'd say if she's having trouble with the Microshift then somethings wrong, either shifter, cable or hub has a fault.

    Stock gear cable routing on mine is under the tape right up to the stem, I'm planning on pulling it out of there sometime soon and bringing it out from under the tape at the end of the flat bit of handlebar, less twists and turns in the cable (plus it'll be a bit shorter) should make shifting feel even better.

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