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Im looking for something to reduce the chain slap on my 9 speed xc hardtail bike. And all the tensioners seem to have bad reviews or are discontinued? Do they work?
 

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Nickc711 said:
Im looking for something to reduce the chain slap on my 9 speed xc hardtail bike. And all the tensioners seem to have bad reviews or are discontinued? Do they work?
YOu need a better rear derailleur to stop it.
 

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Oh the X5 is on your bike currently. X9 is very stiff, and about $100 but shifts way faster and more positively, and holds the chain a lot tighter! Rode one and now need one with the proper sram shifter too, I have Shimano on my bike atm.
 

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Get a 700c innertube and zip-tie it on the seatstay...after you cut it to fit, of course; anything else would be uncivilized.
 

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Get a 700c innertube and zip-tie it on the seatstay...after you cut it to fit, of course; anything else would be uncivilized.
I use an old 26" innertube and do the same thing. Cuts noise way down, but my chain still bounces off the sprockets sometimes. Going for this and a new dereailleur after mine wears out.
 

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I have a buddy, rides an Epic, races it; he set his up so the chain won't even go into big ring/big cog -- it'll go to 2nd. Doesn't talk to me about chainslap, but I bet he doesn't have much! BTW -- he & I both run X.9.
 
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