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    Chain broke

    Chain broke on one of our tw yesterday. I've seen people say that the sprockets should be changed as well. I'm not concerned with performance as much as durability. Meaning I'm not trying to increase spread just want something that can take a beating. Do I just get a chain our must I change sprocket as well. A link would be great. Thanks again. Ride fix ride fix ride fix

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    How many miles are on the chain and sprockets. Did the chain just break or did a stick or stone get caught in it?

    I replaced my stock chain on my 2013 before 700 miles with an X-Ring. Haven't had to adjust it since and I've put 1000 miles on it.
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    You are supposed to change them as a set, but if the sprockets show VERY little wear, most will just install a new chain.
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    Had my original chain on for almost 5000 miles before I changed to an O-ring. Sprockets looked good so I left them. Have now 19,300 miles on it. Sprockets still look good.
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    Only 700 miles on a 93 but we were rideing it pretty hard. So it could have gotten smashed. What am I looking for in the sprocket?

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    Chain broke

    Check each "tooth". Front and rear sprockets. Look for missing pieces and for "wider" spacing. 700 miles shouldn't show much wear if chain was properly adjusted.

    These sprockets show wear. Can you see how the front sprockets teeth look like they turned? Rear shows less wear but still noticeable.
    Damage will be easier to identify.
    Last edited by Padilen; 06-22-2014 at 07:31 PM. Reason: spelling
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    Good postings, Paliden. Very helpful. I just returned from a ride where my buddy got granite gravel caught between chain and sprocket during river crossing. Made horrible noises but no noticeable damage to quality chain and sprocket. Good news since we were back-of-beyond in the bush and didn't relish idea of a tow over a mtn pass due to broken chain.
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    Thanks.

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    Yes thank you.

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