Save the Stiffee – Stage One

The Stiffee hasn’t had much use recently, partly because the last two times I rode it in anger it suffered badly from chainsuck to the point that the chain got jammed above the chainstay and needed to be split and rejoined to free it. Given that this takes ten minutes or so to fix it’s not an ideal situation. The problem is that thanks to the generous tyre clearance and beefy chainstays, there is just enough room between the middle chainring and the chainstay to squeeze a chain through, but not enough room to get it out again. I have various plans to alleviate the problem, and today was the chance of the "free" one.

The Deore cranks and BB were removed and replaced with RaceFace Prodigy cranks and a RaceRace BB from the Craftworks. The ISIS BB is adjustable so that I can move the chainset out a bit to give more clearance. I also swapped the beefy 34T chainring for a more slender 32T one which should also give a bit more room.

If this doesn’t work the next step is to "upgrade" to a nine-speed drivetrain, it’s not strictly necessary, but if I’m replacing the chain and cassette anyway it seems silly not to get new shifters as well for not much more money.

Whilst I was waving my tools around, I also replaced the front mech on the cross bike with a 9spd one which will hopefully sort out the dodgy front shifting.

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5 Responses to Save the Stiffee – Stage One

  1. Simon says:

    I still have loads of bike fettling to do. Still haven’t got around to rebuilding the rear wheel on the crosser. I am Mr Lazy :)

  2. rjw says:

    Actually I refitted the rear wheel to the crosser today after fixing it about a month ago.

  3. matt says:

    I have not gotten around to replacing the forks on the chameleon yet, I guess it can wait until next year now :)

    I might completely dismantle all the other bikes sometime soon, or what’s left of them after they’ve donated various bits to the main bike.

  4. grant says:

    Today I got the rear wheel on the Norco sorted, only to find that the rear brake pads are 100% gone and that the rear mech is twisted (hanger a little too).

    Not happy.

    Still got the Kinesis frame sitting there doing sod all. Not quite sure what to do with it. The odd thought in my head.
    My Stiffee is currently in semi-bits. Heckler needs TLC

  5. Olly says:

    Nine speed front mech? So you have 81 gears!? Dude! My bike’s only got one!