bike with rear derailleur

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by icecold037, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. icecold037

    icecold037 New Member

    Do you need the troublesome chain tensioner if you are mounting a motor to a 21speed bike with a rear derailleur? I was thinking of just mounting the engine in the perfect spot so the motors engine will have just the right amount of slack, and the rear derailleur will provide the bike's chain with the correct slack automatically?

  2. SdCruizer

    SdCruizer Member

    so what happens when the chain stretches?
    ive only used a tensioner but I use the KIP tensioner which costs $100
    Dont have to worry at all then since its spring loaded

    but my friend runs a super loose chain with the included tensioner and so far nothing has happened and we ride these off road hard
  3. icecold037

    icecold037 New Member

    the reason i ask is because the bikes frame im thinking of getting isn't parallel to the chain. so it would avoid all the mounting problems.
  4. icecold037

    icecold037 New Member

    oh wait those things mount onto the motor!!?? thats awesome!
  5. tbrookes2000

    tbrookes2000 New Member

    The only thing I will say about mounting a motor on a ""clustered gear" this. Through personal experience...after running you bike over hill an yon...the pawl in the rear hub begins to wear out. This IS a problem since the way we start our bikes (most of us I assume) is to pedal the bike. When that pawl wears no longer catches the ratchet teeth on the interior of the hub...making it impossible to "pedal start" your bike, or facilitate the need to run like the wind and jump on. The bike I speak of was a 21 speed Mountain bike, putting 4800 miles on it and wore out 2 rims. At $65 a pop for a rim...tends to get pricey after a while. Now...I use only single speed beach cruisers. Easy to rear hub worries.
    Hope this bit of info helps.