Rohloff Chaintensioner Chain Accessories

3.2/5 (5 Reviews)

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Rohloff Chaintensioner

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by fouture a Cross Country Rider from Leuven, Flanders, Belgium

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2008

Strengths:    It still functions well, even though it took some damage hitting rocks.

Weaknesses:    Difficult to clean in muddy conditions.
Once the drive train is dirty, backpedalling even a little bit (as happens when you mount the bike again after a stop) derails the chain nearly every time.

Bottom Line:   
I couldn't find the reason why the chain would derail when backpedalling in muddy conditions (over twenty times over 92 km off road), and neither could the shop. It seems the chain tensioner simply exerts too much resistance.

The shop ordered a different chain tensioner. Wait and see.

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Favorite Trail:

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Probike Tervuren

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Prophet fully with Rohloff Speedhub

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alec Gold a Cross Country Rider from Netherlands

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2008

Strengths:    This is one nice build tensioner with strong aluminium build-up, large amount of compensating (12 links) for a small size and well, it works just like that.

Weaknesses:    A bit to long for my taste/use, might have been even shorter, but an one wheel tensioner might not do the job perhaps. A bit pitty that the jockey's are plastic Tacx, a nice aluminium one would have been cool ;)

Bottom Line:   
Does the job and does do it well. As most products from Rohloff they are not cheap, but it is well build stuff.
Some time ago they replaced the spring with another version (longer contra-arm), you can update a older one if I got it right.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   importer

Bike Setup:   recumbent bike with rohloff speedhub

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ed a Weekend Warrior from Lumberton, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2004

Strengths:    Strong tension, low maintenance

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
So Far SO good. Chain popped loose on a few occasions, but these were at least 5-6 foot drops. Lots of stairs, Dirtjumping, Drops and this thing holds up. Low maintenance and fairly cheap price makes this a must but for SSers using a full suspension.

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Favorite Trail:   Mercer County / NYC streets

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   surly singleator

Bike Setup:   Marin FS Rocksprings
Azonic Stem and Bars
Avid Mechanical Discs
Race Face Cranks and Ring,
Race Face Bashguard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by næstep a Cross Country Rider from SF Bay Area, CA

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2003

Strengths:    Maintains strong chain tension.

Easy to align using included shims.

Quick and simple to release tension using Rohloff's new spring.

Really, no complaints.

Weaknesses:    Designed to hang off derailleur tab; still susceptable to bending.

T-20 torx screws necessitates one more tool to have around.

Bottom Line:   
These both came with Speedhubs, so consider the price of these either as free, or as really, really expensive.

Both came with the stock tension spring. The stock spring is a tightly wound coil with two 90° barbs that protrude from each end, much like a return spring on a V-brake.

Never had a problem with mine, but have heard from a few riders (including the review below mine) that the spring can snap at the bend.

Looks like Rohloff paid attention and redesigned the spring to eliminate the weak bends. Bonus, it retrofits to the old tensioners. Extra bonus, the kit is cheap — just a couple of bucks. Super extra bonus, the spring can be quickly disconnected from the lower pulley to release tension for easy wheel removal & installation.

I picked up two just because they were inexpensive and they've been working flawlessly for the past few months.

Should be a great tensioner for non-Speedhub applications such as singlespeed conversions and for use with Sram Spectro and Shimano Nexus hub conversions (non-coaster brake) on frames with vertical dropouts.

Here are links to pics with the new spring installed, but you'll have to cut and paste the URL into your browser:

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   One on 5" Iron Horse Hollowpoint,

One on 4" single pivot Marin Mount Vision.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Richard St.John a Cross Country Rider from Branchville, NJ USA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2003

Strengths:    Simple to install. Good looking.

Weaknesses:    Binds up with a minor amount of dirt or sand. The tension spring breaks after several months of use. Both problems leave you with a slack chain. Rohloff says the spring does have a tendency to break. They couldn't offer any solutions.

Bottom Line:   
Don't use this chain tensioner unless you ride in clean conditions. Keep a spare spring handy. You may need to change it on a ride. It is not a quick repair. My LBS charged $10 per spring. Rohloff said it should only cost a doller.

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Favorite Trail:   Sovereign

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Paul Components Melvin chain tensioner. So far this one has performed well. Both are expensive for what you get. They must both be small run components to demand the high price.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight with a Rohloff Speedhub.

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