Have questions or want to discuss cycling? Join Now or Sign In to participate in the BikeRide community.

New: Take part in the September Giveaway for Vvolt Sirius E-bike valued at $2999

Singlespeed freewheel chain compability
Hi Guys,
I would appreciate some advice on choosing the right chain for a new singlespeed freewheel 16T. I have a Campagnolo crankset that is 1/8" and use Izumi chain of the same width. I'm currently on Sturmey Archer 17T 1/8" freewheel but I'd like to upgrade to 16T. All the quality 16T freewheels I found are made for 3/32" chains for example Box Buzz. Halo Clickster can supposedly accept 3/32 or 1/8" chains. My question is whether 3/32" freewheel is compatible with 1/8" chains?
Many Thanks
(02-28-2021, 01:49 PM)Luk Wrote:  My question is whether 3/32" freewheel is compatible with 1/8" chains?
Many Thanks

Welcome Luk,

You can use the 1/8" chain on 1/8" and 3/32" drive cogs (front and rear); but not a 3/32" chain on 1/8" drive cogs; use only on 3/32" cogs.
Using 1/8" chain with either the front, the rear, or both cogs at 3/32" will potentially cause a little more noise while pedalling. I don't think it causes any more undo wear, but 3/32" alloy cogs wear quicker due to being thinner at the tip of the teeth. You won't have much wear on steel cogs, or single speed set-ups given a proper chain line; more wear on multispeed bikes primarily on the front alloy cogs.
Take care,

"I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles." NJS
Thanks Jesper!
really helpful.
I will give it a go with 1 1/8" chain fitted on 3/32" freewheel.

Possibly Related Threads...

Forum Jump:

10 Latest Posts
What are your best biking places in your...
Today 10:00 PM
650B vs 650C which one is perfect for mo...
Today 09:54 PM
Schwinn Le Tour sagging chain
Today 09:06 PM
What was your first bicycle?
Today 08:21 AM
bike riding is a fun! isn't it ???
10-01-2022 02:16 PM
Campagnolo Freehub Lockrings
10-01-2022 05:13 AM
Biking and running apps
09-30-2022 08:27 PM
09-30-2022 08:20 PM
Campy 10 speed cassettes
09-30-2022 09:53 AM
Where are you from and What is your favo...
09-29-2022 05:03 PM

Join BikeRide on Strava
Feel free to join if you are on Strava: www.strava.com/clubs/bikeridecom

Top 5 Posters This Month
no avatar 1. Jesper
21 posts
no avatar 2. ichitan
16 posts
no avatar 3. ReapThaWhirlwind
6 posts
no avatar 4. jasmin122
4 posts
no avatar 5. Derrick
3 posts