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will i run into any problems when i put my new rear sprocket on in terms of clearance with the chain guide, and stuff? i have been running stock gearing, and i don't have my wheel back from eastcoast yet, so i was just wondering what you guys think..... :excuseme:thanks

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A few of us from the Southwest forum are getting together to do Trail 6 at Foresthill in a few weeks and I'm thinking I probably need to change my gearing (running stock 13/48 now). I'd rather just throw a 12 on the front since it's easier and I know I won't have to change my chain length, but I'm a little worried about using such a small countershaft sprocket. Any thoughts? Other option, obviously, is to put a 51 or 52 on the back; will I need to add links to my chain? I'm only 2 or 3 index marks from all the way back with the 48t rear so I have a fair amount of adjustment to play with. Either way I won't use this setup very often, so I'll just get some of those solid steel $15 sprockets.

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when i go ride moab slickrock, i put a 12 up front. it is harder on stuff, but like you said its much easier to do. i think that you might be able to get away with putting a bigger sprocket on the back since you are that far back on your adjustment. its pushing it though. :cry:

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You won't have enough adjustment to get a 51 on there w/o adding links.

That's why it's good to buy a long chain and cut it so you have extra links laying around.

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You won't have enough adjustment to get a 51 on there w/o adding links.

That's why it's good to buy a long chain and cut it so you have extra links laying around.

okay, thanks Fred. Any thoughts on running the 12t CS sprocket instead?

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I've never tried the 12T front so I can't really comment on it. That does seem like a lot of stress on a small sprocket but I've read where guys have done it.

If I was doing it I would put a larger sprocket on the rear.

More hassle but no worries.

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