O-Ring chains on trials bikes.

Discussion in 'Trials' started by charlie chitlins, May 20, 2020.

  1. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Adventurer

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    I still can't figure out why I'm the only one who loves these!
    I still haven't found a bike where clearance is a problem.
    You have to squeeze them through the chain tensioner, but they cut their groove without compromising the rubber block.
    They require only a cleaning and squirt with silicone to condition the o-rings, as the lube is inside.
    They do not stretch and wear out those expensive aluminum sprockets.
    I've run them for 3-4 years and, when selling the bike, they still show no signs of stretch.
    They're so smooth...somewhere between a chain and a belt.
    Why can't people get hip to these?
    I'm getting back into trials after several years off and, when buying some parts from my favorite supplier, I still heard, "Too wide...not enough clearance...nobody runs them..."
    Give one a try!
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  2. t-dub

    t-dub Been here awhile

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    Good info-maybe I haven’t kept my bikes long enough as I haven’t changed the chain and sprockets on my trials bike. I do on the others though.
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  3. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Adventurer

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    They require no lube on a trials bike because you never go fast enough for long enough to get it hot.
    Just keep the o-rings conditioned.
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  4. trials935

    trials935 Been here awhile

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    I've used oring chains on my trials bikes for decades.
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  5. mung

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    Three gassers since 94. Hundreds and hundreds of trials, forty plus times through FMOH and many other trails. Never replaced any stock chain or sprockets. Take a little care and stock goes a long ways.
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  6. SportSawyer

    SportSawyer 4RT Herder

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  7. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Not against them myself, just haven't had to replace a chain but once and at the time was a bit tight for cash so went standard chain to spend a bit less... :dunno
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  8. lineaway

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    They are twice as heavy and rob needed power. Waste of money as it is designed to go many miles. Most rials riders only ride a few miles at a time. On a Gas Gas Pro, it would actually break the transmission eventually. Some crazy old man put one one the beautiful 348 that I just bought and you could hardly push it from the garage to the truck. From this thinking MT43 tires last twice as long too!
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  9. trials935

    trials935 Been here awhile

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    Blah blah blah, too heavy, eat less Big Macs. At sea level, we have all the power you could need. Those rubber o-rings must weigh a ton! All kidding aside, I'll take 8 oz heavier and 5x longer lasting every day of the week rather than replace the chain every couple of years.
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  10. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Long timer Supporter

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    I bought one of these tools a few years ago. It is just a quick go/no go gauge. It makes monitoring chain wear easy and if the chain is replaced before it wears too much, the sprockets don’t take much wear. I can get a few chains on a set of sprockets.

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  11. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    O-ring chains again, eh?

    Dammit, now I want a Big Mac.....
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  12. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    TOO soon for oil again.
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  13. y4m4

    y4m4 Calvin

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    I wanna play along! What's the best chain maintenance regiment??

    :hide
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  14. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    :photog
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  15. Sting32

    Sting32 Trials Evangelist

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    What is that white chain stuff that seems to come on new (well at least trials bike) chains? I wanna get some of that stuff...
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  16. mung

    mung Long timer

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    It used to be called cosmoline ,I think. Old bikes when they were new came coated with the stuff to prevent corrosion.
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  17. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Well that went down hill fast... :fpalm

    We got push back on the chain, oil comments, weaght comments, maintenance regiment request, and crazy questions about chain coatings all in just a few posts...


    :lol3
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  18. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    You expected different? :D
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  19. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Speaking of downhill -

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    Lunchtime!! :dukegirl

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  20. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Not in the slightest... :rofl
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