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Rear shifts ok up to 7th but skips one on the way down
#21
Dan
Shift the rear derailleur to the tightest cable tension and loosen your L screw until 1st on the rear cassette engages. I’d try this first on the middle chainring then check it’s OK on the smaller chainring – I forget what Alex suggests in the vid. Then maybe back it off a little more (say, a quarter turn, just to make sure), remember the L screw is there to make sure you don’t shift off the largest rear cassette cog on to the rear axle.
Take if for a test drive, under load (always slightly different than simply spinning the wheels with the bike upside down or on a stand) and check everything’s cool…
Glad you’ve sorted it, enjoy your cycling…

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#22
Hi Dan,
Did you manage to get it sorted...?

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#23
Hello, Marc!
Yes, it's all better. Now I only get a slight squeak when I'm in the smallest cog and I push really hard on the pedal. I've read that it's normal and I'm not supposed to do it anyway.
I also need a larger crankset.

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#24
Dan,
In my experience I’ve always found the chain kind of ‘clunks’ into the smallest rear sprocket. The change seems somewhat different to all the others but does work OK (this is on a nine speed cassette, recently replaced with a new chain – but it’s always happened). I am considering taking a link out of the new chain because I think it is very loose in this combination (middle front, smallest rear), but I’ll probably do the chain measurement thingy this (bank holiday – yippee) weekend before deciding.
Like I say it has always happened, with different group sets so I think it’s natural but we’ll see…
When you say ‘”You’re not supposed to do it”, do you mean little front and little rear…?

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#25
Funnily enough, my sister's SRAM equipped bike does no clunking in either gear.
<<When you say ‘”You’re not supposed to do it”, do you mean little front and little rear…?>>
No. I mean when starting from a stand-still on little rear and medium or large front. if you push hard down on the pedal, it creaks a little. Only when you push hard. When riding normally, it'll run along just fine.

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#26
Dan,
Hmm, sounds curious: could it be the peddle bearings being exposed to such force? If everything else works fine it is unlikely to be the bottom bracket…
I wonder if other people have the same problem (as I was describing above)…? Presently I have a new SRAM PG970 cassette with a new SRAM PC971 chain and a new Shimano (STX-RC is the crankset - don't know about the chainset but it is original), front middle ring – yet the final ‘clunk’ into top 9th gear (on chainset middle ring) still occurs. It’s nothing bad and on my 10year old 1999 Kona Caldera (steel is best!) I do think that it has always happened (owned from new)…
Anyways, I ought start a new thread about this...
Glad to hear you’ve got it all sorted – enjoy…

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