DCD Chain Tensioner Chain Accessories

2.81/5 (47 Reviews)


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DCD Chain Tensioner


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Planet_X111 a Weekend Warrior from Pontypridd,RCT, S.Wales

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2007

Strengths:    Strong, easy to set up, works with all 3 of my front chain rings. Stops chain jumping off. Pretty quiet. Used for over 10 years on various bikes with no problems.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't work with elevated chain stays. Early ones were noisy but the problem was solved with a different roller being used by manufacturer in newer models.

Bottom Line:   
Works well with a single ring as well as a triple ring set up. I used it with an MRP, just to make sure, on another bike set up for DH and the chain never threw once. Also used on a XC set up. Again, no chain throwing off. If you ride and get fed up with your chain bouncing off, get one of these. Simple to set up and not very noisy, just a quiet rumble, especially now as the roller is a softer compound rubber unlike the rock hard orginal DCD's.

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Favorite Trail:   A few local ones!!!!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Halfords,I think

Similar Products Used:   Bullet Bros, MRP

Bike Setup:   GT Karakoram, RST Mozo Pro's 4.5, Mavic D521 Fr+Rr, Raceface stem, Qranc DH bars, DX V's, Rockshox suspension seatpin, other stuff!!!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by freddy fishlock a Racer from oxford england

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2002

Strengths:    it does work damn well

Weaknesses:    not with a triple chainring

Bottom Line:   
this b1oody works but is is designed for 1 chainring up front, the roller is not wide enough for 3. look at all the pro who have them, they only have ONE chainring. why dont you people try reading the instuctions!!! moan moan moan moan moan, it is not going to do a job that it is not designed for is it.

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Favorite Trail:   that would be telling

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   i-net

Similar Products Used:   mrp, fakes etc

Bike Setup:   foes zig zag

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stuart Creighton a Weekend Warrior from Berkshire

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2002

Strengths:    Does hold quite wellKeeps chain in place for a while

Weaknesses:    ALWAYS moves out of place, really annoying

Bottom Line:   
Spose its cheap, but not that good, always moving out of place...
dont get it!

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Favorite Trail:   Henwick

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Halfords bike hut

Similar Products Used:   DMR chain cage (even worse)

Bike Setup:   Saracen x-cell mavic rims dmr seat fsa power pro cranks planet-x stem+bars Deore xtr rear mech, levers and shifters, bombers.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by joe a Weekend Warrior from the west midlands, england

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2002

Strengths:    it was cheap
that's just about it, i'm afraid


Weaknesses:    it took 2 hours to fit
it's noisier than a menopausal pig that's hungry
IT DOESN'T WORK - it kept moving out of place, it made shifting hell, and when i covered it in petrol in wouldn't f**king burn up.


Bottom Line:   
It might be cheap, but that doesn't make it good value. It is just absolutely useless. The worst part I have ever bought for a bike (including a halfords own six speed sprocket). It wouldn't fit onto either of my two bikes without me having to bash it into place with a hammer. It didn't do anything to prevent chainslap on the 'cuda, and it didn't sort out my shifting problem on the saracen. Save your money for a proper bottom bracket mounted device and don't buy this piece of s**t.

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Favorite Trail:   horton

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   broadribbs

Similar Products Used:   dmr Tension Seeker when I went single speed and that rocks

Bike Setup:   Bike 1 (the dirt beast):barracuda frame, rst fork, clubroost bars, kore stem, fsa cranks, dmr pedals, twentyfourseven single speed conversion.
Bike 2 (the xc thing): Saracen frame, manitou fork, azonic bars, amoeba stem, shimano cranks (hey, its still work in progress), saracen pedals (work in progress), shimano drivetrain (wip)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ben L a Weekend Warrior from Reading, England

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2002

Strengths:    Light, simple and cheap. Nice Colour holds the chain quite well and stops it from completely dismounting.

Weaknesses:    The rubber wheel wears oujt if you ride in the same gear for a while and it can move around if you have a thin chainstay. Too be honest it is not worth the money it is much better to take away a couple of those valuable chain links!

Bottom Line:   
Not worth buying unless you cannot take out chain links or you have money for a descent chain tensioner.

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Favorite Trail:   Foxhill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   Halfords

Similar Products Used:   DCD Mk1,2 and 4.

Bike Setup:   Dual, Jump.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stan a Cross Country Rider from irvine

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2002

Strengths:    Good looking, works ok (more below), awesome price

Weaknesses:    bad when used w/ 3 chainrings, requires derailer adjustments afterwards

Bottom Line:   
WOrks great if you set it up right. Since i only run 2 chainrings i don't have any of the problems that re mentioned here. At first it would cause my derailer to run too close to the cogs in high gear, but a few adjustments fixed that. Granted, it doesn't work w/ 3 chainrings, so slap it on a slalom or trials bike and have fun.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Helen's cycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Azonic DS2, double chainring + bashguard

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by lucifar lecci a Downhiller from lancashire

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    wicked tension strenghth durability

Weaknesses:    doesnt always stay in line with chain

Bottom Line:   
crap

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Favorite Trail:   coed y brenun

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   shop

Similar Products Used:   dmr roox chain dog 666 chain sucker

Bike Setup:   pashley 24mhz

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Joe Wortley from the dead

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2001

Strengths:    robustness-imagine it wont break really. also simplicity means minimal hassle.

Weaknesses:    they didn't take into account that chainstay (what it mounts on) is not in-line with the chain; therefore the chain roller bit is all wonky and dislocates your chain

Bottom Line:   
always get a chain device that attaches to your bottom bracket or something which is inline with the chain (well near enough inline depending which gear you are in on the rear cassette). a good idea but executed badly. would be good if they had the bottom half kinda bent a bit (if u have had one u will understand me more!). also extortionate price for the lack of design (just paying for some patent probably) and there are no quality sealed bearings or nice cnc machined parts for the money. rip off.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   dmr chain cage, dmr underneath-the-chainring roller thing, mrp copy device

Bike Setup:   box section alloy chain-stays (quite big) with 38 tooth chain-ring on 3 piece fsa cranks. 8 speed 11-34 cassette and LX shifter.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean Ganser from Long Island, NY

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2000

Strengths:    I've taken this thing through hell and back.

Weaknesses:    None, it makes a little noise, but i'm in a punk rock band, so i can handle noise.

Bottom Line:   
I've had this thing forever. Its never let me down. Its super strong, makes my shifting cleaner, and i never have my chain bouncing around when i do big drop offs. I'm a trials rider, and i love it. I also do urban assault and alittle bit of DH type stuff. This thing is one of the best investments i've made.

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Favorite Trail:   I ride Trials

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   Byron Lake Schwinn

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Homegrown Factory Limited, With VERY KICK ASS COMPONENTS, small 16" frame, i ride trials on it.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Olly a Racer from England

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2000

Strengths:    Silent
Looks good
Keeps chain on
Improves shifting


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Maybe if you are a world cup downhiller, or have a pro team deal or something you are going to buy an MRP, but for the money this is amazing. it is easy to fit keeps the chain silent and stops it coming off. The only gear I can't get now is big ring at the front big ring at the back (3,1), which is a fairly dumb gear to use anyhow. If you are too good for this product don't buy it, get an MRP and go complain about how expensive it is.

THIS IS GOOD!

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Favorite Trail:   Buckland

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   GT Outpost Trail
Azonic, PlanetX, DMR, Deore etc. etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior from england!

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2000

Strengths:    keeps chain on
SILENT


Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
what the hell is everyone on??????
this thing rules!!!
its silent and keeps your chain on at all but the worst landings or stacks!!!

it only cost 15 quid, bargain!

buy it buy it buy it

looks good in a nice blue!

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere with phat jumps

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   DMR
MRP


Bike Setup:   Trailstar bombers d521 etc etc

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Evan a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: August 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Keeps the chain on and stops chain suck.


Weaknesses:    
What weaknesses?


Bottom Line:   
Very good quality for money, almost silent and keeps the chain on real good.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
None.


Bike Setup:   
Iron Horse Arrow frame.
RST Mozo PRO shock.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by colin horan a Weekend Warrior from england

Date Reviewed: July 2, 1999

Strengths:    
looks good, easy to fit, chain never comes off, fairly cheep


Weaknesses:    
none.


Bottom Line:   
If you get pissed of with your chain coming off or it rattleing then buy this now!!!

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
DMR chain tensioner (rubbish)


Bike Setup:   
Giant hardtail, DH bars, panaracer/irc tires, mostly shimano setup.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by F.B. a Cross-Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: May 2, 1999

Bottom Line:   
This product is fantastic. People say it makes a noise, but if you take th bushing out of the roller, then clean it up, stick a mixture of LM grease and thin cycle oil on it (say once every 2-3 weeks then it will sound as if you don't have one on). If you also replace the rubber roller ever time your shifting starts to get poor, and you will be well on your way.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year


Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Aaron Heilbrun a cross-country rider from Chile

Date Reviewed: March 12, 1999

Bottom Line:   


The last guy, Chris, hit it right on the head. I'm not pounding down Everest, but I run an XTR drivetrain and I expect the damn thing to work. I was on a two week trip in the south (dirt, gravel roads) and my shifting was also getting progressively worse. Finally took the thing off as per a friend and guess what? No more shifting problems. My drivetrain is silk now. Thank god I got rid of it. I'm not exactly sure what the problem is, but it doesn't seem to work well thru the whole gear range (particularly at the extremes) and basically results in a war between your rear derailler and the tensioner. Disappointing and not recommended.

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