Has anyone changed front chain ring


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phantom

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Anyone changed the OE chain ring on a 52 tooth Phantom to a 46 tooth Clover leaf type?
 

bricycle

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oh yea, but think the clovers are mostly 48's. Give you a bit more low-end power.
 
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phantom

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oh yea, but think the clovers are mostly 48's. Give you a bit more low-end power.
Thanks, I did mean 48......I like the look, I want more low end and there is room in the dropouts to pull the wheel back a tad. I don't want to change the rear cog as I am sure that will entail making adjustments to the chain.
 

bricycle

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#4
there are other smaller sweetheart sprockets, not that Phantom's had them.
 

bikemonkey

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Thanks, I did mean 48......I like the look, I want more low end and there is room in the dropouts to pull the wheel back a tad. I don't want to change the rear cog as I am sure that will entail making adjustments to the chain.
Replacing either the chainring or rear cog will probably require a lengthening or shortening of the chain.

If you want a lower gear I am thinking that changing the chainring will mean removing a link and a half of chain (or more) and be a much more labor intensive solution. If you have ever fought a fixed bearing cone on a Schwinn crank then you know what I mean...

I just changed the 18T r. cog on a Deluxe cruiser to a 20T for a customer and they liked the improvement in the easier pedaling. I needed to add a link and a half of chain - time in the repair stand was about 10 minutes.
 
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PCHiggin

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I’d change the rear sprocket,I’ve done it on a few bikes. Changing from an 18 or 19T to a 22T makes a huge difference and you can keep the cool
looking 52T front sprocket.
 

phantom

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I’d change the rear sprocket,I’ve done it on a few bikes. Changing from an 18 or 19T to a 22T makes a huge difference and you can keep the cool
looking 52T front sprocket.
Currently has a 21 on the rear and 52 on front. I am going to a 48 Clover leaf. I'll get the gear I'm wanting and as a bonus I get the preferred look that I like better.
 

bikemonkey

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Currently has a 21 on the rear and 52 on front. I am going to a 48 Clover leaf. I'll get the gear I'm wanting and as a bonus I get the preferred look that I like better.
Yeah - if you are already running a 21T cog then the front end is where you need to go.
 

phantom

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I know there are a few 46T clover leaf rings on the bay...If anyone here has a real nice one they want to get rid of reasonably, send me a message. Thanks
 

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