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anyone give me a picture or an explanation of how to do a spoke tensioner?

built my mates new bike up for him last night , just got to tension the chain then its finished .... i had a go but something went wrong ... a friend will be doing it tonight for me , but im bored and fancy another crack

oh forgot it needs to push the chain down!

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so it needs to go through the frame dropout bolt then round the axle i been told...

Basically, yeah. If you put the threaded end through you can put a nipple on the end to hold it in place. Alternatively, you can make a little hooked U-shape out of the end of the spoke and have it hook onto the edge of the dropout. Other than that, just make the coils nice and neat, and wrap it anti-clockwise. A pair of pliars makes bending the end of it really easy too, compared to just doing it by hand. Try and be neat with where it hits the chain too, 'cos if it's rubbing on the side plates of the chain it'll just cut through the spoke over time.

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...so you wouldn't bother getting a tensioner that's smaller, lighter and provides plenty of tension at a fraction of the cost of a normal tensioner? You'd prefer to be able to bend mech hangers, tensioners and so on?

Right.

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...so you wouldn't bother getting a tensioner that's smaller, lighter and provides plenty of tension at a fraction of the cost of a normal tensioner? You'd prefer to be able to bend mech hangers, tensioners and so on?

Right.

just seems a bit of a bodge, to be honest.

metal rubbing against metal, sound horrible and will wear out wouldnt it??

wouldnt you be making them and selling them if they were that good?

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Mine, when I ran it, was totally silent and ran silky smooth. It also lasted fine. It's sitting on the rollers of your chain, so it's no different to your chain going over your sprocket in terms of metal-on-metal contact.

The reason we don't sell them is that there's thousands of possible frame, sprocket and hub combinations out there, and each one needs to be custom made to fit that setup.

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I can't see where I could make something for the spoke to wrap around, not a Marino obviously, but the dropout looks very similar to this:

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No obvious place to drill a hole for a boss, and I have no idea how it's supposed to wrap around the axle given that there's no room on that at all.

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