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Old 08-22-2011, 01:58 AM   #1
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Question Spokes and Sprockets

What difference will adding or decreasing the number of spokes on your front and rear sprockets make? My ZX-6R is supposed to be 15/40 but instead it has 46 in the back and idk what in the front. I've been having some performance issues and I think this could be causing them. How do these changes effect a bike's performance?
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:54 AM   #2
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Hmmm...

I'll be nice..


Sprokets up in the rear or down in the front increase your acceleration but lower your top end.. also throws off your speedo a bit.


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^in a nutshell he's right.

What do you mean "performance issues"?
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Remember your 10 speed bike? Same exact principle here.

Bigger sprocket in the back (more teeth) gives you greater acceleration but a lower top speed. Fewer teeth lessens your acceleration but fives higher top speed. The same is true for the front sprocket but in reverse.

Your front sprocket should typically only be decreased by one or two teeth because the smaller size and greater rotating speed can hurt the chain and or countershaft.
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FYI you have teeth on sprockets not spokes..
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Hmmm...

I'll be nice..


Sprokets up in the rear or down in the front increase your acceleration but lower your top end.. also throws off your speedo a bit.


p.s. Tired of getting banned, not allowed to have any fun on this site anymore so thats your answer.
I appreciate you being nice. I knew it was probably a dumb question. So thank you for not being a jerk although I'm sure it was very tempting. I AM a girl here and I don't know much about bikes but I want to learn

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Remember your 10 speed bike? Same exact principle here.

Bigger sprocket in the back (more teeth) gives you greater acceleration but a lower top speed. Fewer teeth lessens your acceleration but fives higher top speed. The same is true for the front sprocket but in reverse.

Your front sprocket should typically only be decreased by one or two teeth because the smaller size and greater rotating speed can hurt the chain and or countershaft.
Thank you both for the great info. It explains a lot about what's been going on with my bike
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FYI you have teeth on sprockets not spokes..
Yea yea yea, girl, remember? Lol. Thank you though
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A common mod for the ZX6 is to go one tooth less in the front, which will give it more acceleration.
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