Contents

- 1 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 2 Will 11 speed chain work with 10 speed cassette?
- 3 Can I use a 12 speed chain on a 10 speed bike?
- 4 How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
- 5 What is the most common bike chain size?
- 6 How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?
- 7 How many links do I need in my bike chain?
- 8 Can I use an 11 speed crank on a 10 speed bike?
- 9 Are 10 and 11 speed chainrings the same?
- 10 Are Shimano 10 and 11 speed compatibility?
- 11 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 12 Are SRAM chains better than Shimano?
- 13 Are 11 and 12-speed chains the same?

## How do I know my bike chain size?

Begin by counting the number of teeth on the largest front sprocket and largest rear. These numbers are often printed right on the sprockets and cogs. Next, measure the distance between the middle of the crank bolt to the rear axle. This is also the chain stay length.

## Will 11 speed chain work with 10 speed cassette?

As said above, the inside dimensions of a 10-speed and 11-speed chain are virtually identical, so there’s no problem running an 11-speed chain on 10-speed cogs. What’s narrower is the outside dimension of an 11-speed chain compared to a 10-speed chain.

## Can I use a 12 speed chain on a 10 speed bike?

-chains have the same outer dimension, the 12 speed derailleur would have narrower cogs than what required for a 10 speed. -As long as you can set the high/low limits on the derailleur to keep it on the cassette it should be fine.

## How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?

Multiply the front gear number by the rear gear number to get the number of speeds. For example, if you have two front gears and five back gears, you have a 10-speed bike.

## What is the most common bike chain size?

Chains come in 3⁄32 in (2.4 mm), 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm), 5⁄32 in (4.0 mm), or 3⁄16 in (4.8 mm) roller widths, the internal width between the inner plates. 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm) chains are typically used on bikes with a single rear sprocket: those with coaster brakes, hub gears, fixed gears such as track bicycles, or BMX bikes.

## How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?

Another ballpark method for checking chain wear is by measuring it with a ruler. Pick a rivet and line it up at the zero mark. Count 24 more rivets and your last rivet should be at the 12″ mark of your ruler. If it is off by more than 1/16″ your chain is stretched to the point of replacement.

## How many links do I need in my bike chain?

Bicycle drive chain length A new bicycle chain usually comes with 116 links. This is long enough for the biggest chainrings and for most distances of rear wheel from front chainrings. So for optimal length a new chain is usually shortened from the 116 links that come in the box.

## Can I use an 11 speed crank on a 10 speed bike?

An 11-speed crank will perform equally well on a 10-speed system. No one has shown that there is any difference in ring spacing. The chains have the same internal width, so don’t know the difference.

## Are 10 and 11 speed chainrings the same?

There’s no meaningful difference between 10 and 11 speed rings. Instead of making the cogs narrower, Shimano thinned down the spacing between the plates of the chain.

## Are Shimano 10 and 11 speed compatibility?

A 10-speed Shimano or SRAM cassette can still be fitted to an 11-speed body, but a spacer will be required to make up for the difference in width. There is another, more subtle, incompatibility that affects different brands of hubs and wheels, but it will only have an impact on those riders using multiple wheelsets.

## How often should I change my bike chain?

The 2,000-Mile Rule. To avoid this accelerated wear of your cassette and chainrings, a general rule of thumb is to replace your bike’s chain every 2,000 miles. Mind you, this is just a starting point. No two chains will wear at exactly the same rate because no two riders treat their chains the same. 4

## Are SRAM chains better than Shimano?

Both Shimano and SRAM can comfortably claim to have improved longevity with their top-tier 12-speed chains versus the equivalent 11-speed options. “Both the X01 and XX1 chains were so far ahead of any other chain from a pure elongation wear measure that I had to re-run the tests. The results were basically identical.

## Are 11 and 12-speed chains the same?

12-speed chains can operate just fine with 11-speed cassettes. The main exception are Shimano’s new 12-speed HG+ models which are heavily optimized for downshifting and thus come with custom inner plates that don’t mix well with non-Shimano 12-speed components.