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Old 04-05-15, 03:59 PM
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Replacement 32 T Octalink Chainring or whole crankset?

Who has alu chainrings cheap? I figure out it is the middle chain ring that jumps by getting on a hill and standing on the pedals. No jumping or skipping on the small or large chainring. Looking to do a cheap fix. (I replaced the chain, it was 12-1/4 inch! Also the rear cluster.) Bike is a used Raleigh Talus 8.0.

Post # 7 I tried to clarify a bit)

(Sidenote: most of my riding will be low-gear on Singletracks, not much gravel or time will be spent in the large chainring. Also it didn't take the brand new chain long to rust - just a couple rides this winter and bucket wash when done. Sheesh)

Cranks are Shimano Octalink MC361 42 - 32 - 22 T, BCD 104 / 64 mm

Addendum: 2010 Talus, 8 speed. MC361 on the bike specs, but I could only find Shimano Tech docs for FC-M361

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If you don't lubricate the chain immediately after washing, it'll rust.

Hmm... where to start looking for rings...32T chainring | eBay
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I haven't had to replace a chainring before, so am unsure about compatibility issues with the current 8 speed triple. Will any 32 tooth 8 or 9 sp chainring with 104 mm BCD work and are there some brands I should avoid?
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I know for double road cranksets, it's important to either replace a worn chainring with an OEM one or to replace all the rings together. This is because the ramping/pinning that facilitates smooth shifting is designed to be aligned between the various rings. Even a small road chainring from a double crankset that doesn't have any special ramping needs to be 'timed' properly with the large chainring so as to deliver the chain properly during upshifts. I don't have personal experience with this, or with swapping single rings out with non-oem ones to test this theory. I would have to say that because chainrings tend to not be super cheap, I don't think I'd risk buying a cheap(er) one with the likelihood that I'd have to go back and buy the OEM one afterall. I'd look for a stock replacement if you're sure that's the problem.

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I might be tempted to replace the whole crankset. The large chainring shows some pretty significant wear also. Looks like an excellent time to switch to a double, since that might suit your riding style better.
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I see where you guys are going, so I must have phrased my question incorrectly. Mine is 8 sp, though your posts with 9 sp links get the point across, so thank you. (2010 Talus, 8 speed MC361 on the bike specs, but I could only find Shimano Tech docs for FC-M361) I just put on cheap Shimano twist shifters this winter...

BTW: Anyone have the tech docs for MC361 mountain crankset? Or am I just confused my Shimano numbering and titles?

1st question - middle chainring- : Can I pick up any mountain 32t alu chainring BCD 104 / 64 mm, or need to stick with Shimano? Any other considerations, and do you already have a good source for these? I think the answer is stay with Shimano?

2nd question - crankset- : anyone have the tech docs for MC361 mountain crankset? Is it that much better to replace the whole crankset than just a chainring?
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I might be tempted to replace the whole crankset. The large chainring shows some pretty significant wear also. Looks like an excellent time to switch to a double, since that might suit your riding style better.
Agreed double would be better I think, but I just put on new shifters this winter.

TunnelRat81 has a vote for all three chainrings to get the shifting right. I really need to go cheap on this if possible. Once I understand the subtleties of this type of repair, I might be able to intelligently rummage through a couple of the co-ops bins also.
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Agreed double would be better I think, but I just put on new shifters this winter.
Some of the Shimano mountain shifters have a little hidden switch to select 2x or 3x. Could always use the limit screws as well. Just throwing some options out there. Especially since 2 chainrings is probably about equivalent cost to a new crankset.
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Some of the Shimano mountain shifters have a little hidden switch to select 2x or 3x. Could always use the limit screws as well. Just throwing some options out there. Especially since 2 chainrings is probably about equivalent cost to a new crankset.
I have cheap Shimano twist shifters. The work great so far - no thumb pain. I suppose I could replace the front shifter ...
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Octalink was a passing standard Shimano sold to OEM factories for quite a few years , others adopted it to be compatible .
ISIS was a spline system that at that same time, was outside the Shimano Patented Corral ..

so at this Point You have 2 choices A) Buy 2 new chainrings for the 2 larger sizes , & a new chain
3rd inner looks like you didn't do a lot of Pass Hunting so is still OK.

Or B) a whole New Crankset and BB as the Shimano company went on to start another 'standard' that others had to emulate to get some Market Share..

Square Taper stuff , 110-74 seems to stay pretty Future Proof.

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so at this Point You have 2 choices

A) Buy 2 new chainrings for the 2 larger sizes , & a new chain
3rd inner looks like you didn't do a lot of Pass Hunting so is still OK.

Or B) a whole New Crankset and BB as the Shimano company went on to start another 'standard' that others had to emulate to get some Market Share..

Square Taper stuff , 110-74 seems to stay pretty Future Proof.

Any brands of chainrings I should avoid, or conversely, brands that will shift well with the existing small and large chainring? I'm thinking of replacing only the middle right now - $$

I replaced the 8 sp cluster and chain this winter - those were trashed. No surprise the middle chainring skips, but I though I would try it before replacing. The guy I bought the bike from really didn't do any maintenance, like replace the chain, hence the worn out chainring. Ugh.
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You want the indexing to work as before I would avoid the low end ones without all the ramps and Pins that aide the shifting..

Maybe You can find New spare steel Shimano replacements . ask Your LBS.
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How about getting a crankset and just using the chainrings? Why? Buy what turns out to be the least expensive:

This is half price at USD $29.99, @ ChainReaction Cycles. Good price, the chainrings have the right tooth count and BDC. I can't use the square taper cranks, so just sell them cheap or keep for spares to use when I replace the BB someday with a square taper. If ever.... I tend not to wear things out very fast. I don't remember if I replaced the BB, but would rather not unless I need to.

Shimano Acera M361 Triple Chainset Square Taper - (I wonder what the C in MC, stands for from the original spec)

Rings: 22/32/42
Spindle Interface Type: Square Taper JIS
Spindle Length: 122.5 mm
Chainring BCD: 104/64
Bolt Pattern: 4-Bolt
Crank-FD Type: Mountain Triple
Chain Compatibility: 7/8-Speed
Pedal Spindle: 9/16"
Crank Intended Use: Mountain
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if looking for something that works and to spend as little as possible, i'd just buy the cheapest 104BCD 32t chainring i could find and be done with it.

of course if you can get two more useable chainrings and a bare crank that can be resold on ebay for about the same price, well, there is nothing wrong with that either.

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I enjoy puzzling over compatibly options, if you haven't figured that out months ago. Downright educational.

Just realized if I buy a crankset, gotta make sure the ummm..spider? is the same as I have to fit on the large chainring. Right?
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good morning!

right.

note that some triple cranks are designed to mount the large and middle chainring to the spider using the same BCD, and the little chainring on a special mount on the spider. other's mount the little chainring on the middle chainring. sometimes they are riveted to it. there may be other methods that i am not aware of too.

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I've had to replace a middle chain ring too - mine on 9-speed Ultegra - and had many adventures finding the right one. Shimano uses many different thicknesses, and thickess determines where the teeth lie in relation to the upper and lower rings. A generic ring was actually several millimeters off. I ended up buying the Shimano direct replacement and had no further problems.

I wouldn't change to a double on a mountain bike. The geometry is designed for the triple. Stick with it.

There is a thread around here somewhere where I collected info on various rings. I'll try to find it.

Ah, here it is.

http://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-me...our-rings.html

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Well given bike Assembly Lines in bike Factories is where most of the Components Go .. there is some cost advantage to Buying a new crank with the same Bolt pattern
as the one on your Bike , using the chainrings , then re selling the New crankarms ..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Octalink was a passing standard Shimano sold to OEM factories for quite a few years , others adopted it to be compatible .
ISIS was a spline system that at that same time, was outside the Shimano Patented Corral ..

so at this Point You have 2 choices A) Buy 2 new chainrings for the 2 larger sizes , & a new chain
3rd inner looks like you didn't do a lot of Pass Hunting so is still OK.

Or B) a whole New Crankset and BB as the Shimano company went on to start another 'standard' that others had to emulate to get some Market Share..

Square Taper stuff , 110-74 seems to stay pretty Future Proof.
Yay for square taper! But I admit, my second most favourite pedal interface is octalink.

To the OP: I am not quite sure why is octalink even relevant to your question. Just get a suitable BCD 104 chainring, and you're golden. Also, don't be beholden to the chainring being made of aluminium, unless the couple of grams you save are so important to you.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
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right.

note that some triple cranks are designed to mount the large and middle chainring to the spider using the same BCD, and the little chainring on a special mount on the spider. other's mount the little chainring on the middle chainring. sometimes they are riveted to it. there may be other methods that i am not aware of too.
Setups with riveted chainrings are typically very cheap (and bad quality). But they are also usually made of steel, so they'll last quite a lot longer than even aluminium 7075.
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there is some cost advantage to Buying a new crank with the same Bolt pattern as the one on your Bike , using the chainrings , then re selling the New crankarms ..
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To the OP: I am not quite sure why is octalink even relevant to your question. Just get a suitable BCD 104 chainring
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Shimano uses many different thicknesses, and thickess determines where the teeth lie in relation to the upper and lower rings.
Sorry for the triple quote, but it's a pretty good summary. I might get the square taper 8 sp M361, pull the chainrings and put the matched set on my existing Octalink cranks. Assuming the spiders are the same. Then sell the cranks, or save them for when I do replace the BB, or just get bored with them sitting around.

Square taper M361 seems to be on sale for about $25, and the best price I can find for Octalink is $42. (roughly) Gee, what could go wrong? I either loose any cost advantage with lost shipping / return charges or have to order a square taper BB. Oh, wait. I could try to sell or trade the new Octalink crank arms. Forgot about that.
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Well I just ordered a complete crankset on the 'bay for $35, square taper BB. Hopefully the spider is the same so I can just swap the crank arms. The cost of chainrings + the unknowns of compatibility with my existing setup seems risky, especially for the minimal cost savings. If not .... well maybe a good time to convert to square BB - no idea how much life is left in my BB anyhow.


Rephrase that: "Hopefully the spider is the same so I can just use the chainrings and keep my existing crank arms..."
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Well I just ordered a complete crankset on the 'bay for $35, square taper BB. Hopefully the spider is the same so I can just swap the crank arms. The cost of chainrings + the unknowns of compatibility with my existing setup seems risky, especially for the minimal cost savings. If not .... well maybe a good time to convert to square BB - no idea how much life is left in my BB anyhow.
Good luck with the swap, and don't forget to report here of your success or failure. =)

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