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    Senior Member elime's Avatar
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    I read in the owners manual the slack is supposed to be between 35 and 60 mm or 1.38 to 2.36 inches.







    Then I read in the service manual it is supposed to be 30 to 40 mm or 1.2 to 1.6 inches.







    Which is correct? There is very little overlap.



    The reason I ask is because right now I have it set at about 2.4 inches. If I go one notch tighter it is 1.2 inches. I would prefer something in the middle but it is not to be, at least not yet.



    I leave it at 2.4 inches because I would rather have it to loose than to tight.



    Comments anyone? Tony.

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    Looser is better. The chain slack is hard to dial in because of the use of the snail adjusters on the TW. I put my bike on a stand so the rear wheel is off the ground and then I get the chain as I tight as I can by moving BOTH adjusters by hand. I then go back one notch and its adjusted. It has worked for me just fine.
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    Loose is better than tight. But too too loose is just as bad as too tight. I actually had a stick jump up from the trail and pry the chain off of the rear sprocket (luckily I was not going too fast) but I do suspect that my chain was a bit loose and hence came off easier and rather than merely trying to eat the stick. Being an old bicyclist used to chains jaming on shifts, I was able to get it back on the sprocket and proceed with minimal delay (and apparently no damage although I changed out the stocker chain for an o-ring within a month or two after the stick attack. Make sure you have that 30 mm slack and don't let it go by the 60 mm mark and you should be fine. I have not adjusted my chain for over 1000 miles and its still in the range and serving me well. I admit I do check it with a good deal more frequency, it just hasn't warranted adjustment. Tom
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