The sprocket is part of the drive and thus one of the biggest wearing parts on the bike. A bicycle sprocket has to withstand high loads and stand up to dirt and grime. The right gear ratio determines the riding comfort on your bike tour or the speed in the race. The small toothed ring is among the most important Bike Parts and essential.
What to look for when buying a sprocket?
Fixie or freewheel sprocket?
Whether freewheel or fixed, the fascination with the singlespeed bike is there for a reason. A singlespeed bike has no annoying rattling of the chain and the cool look with extremely reduced weight is unique! On singlespeed hubs either freewheel sprockets or fixie sprockets are mounted. On a classic road hub, you can use an adapter kit to quickly and easily convert the cassette hub of your bike to a sprocket. The complete kits include all necessary parts from the sprocket to the spacer.
We stock a wide range of different high-quality fixed cog sprockets for fixies and track bikes in our shop. The range is completed by the large selection of freewheel sprockets and chain tensioners for singlespeed bikes. Due to the gradations, you will always find the ideal gear ratio for your bike in our shop.
How many teeth?
An important decision when buying a new sprocket is the number of teeth, or the size of the sprocket. This size determines how big the gear ratio of the drivetrain is. The smaller the sprocket, the more power must be applied. If the sprocket has a large diameter, i.e. many teeth, the gear is easier and particularly steep hills can be conquered with ease.
Which standard you need depends on the hub and your drive. For sprocket sets, all individual sprockets and spacers are mounted or screwed on. It is best to check your existing hub to see whether it is screwed or plugged in. On singlespeed bikes, the sprocket is usually screwed on. The hub has in most cases a threaded receptacle.
You can also choose between different materials for the sprocket. Steel and aluminum are among the most commonly used materials. The advantages of steel are obvious. Robust and stable, steel sprockets are not particularly maintenance-intensive and have a long lifetime. Aluminium sprockets are much more susceptible to wear. In contrast to steel, they offer significant weight advantages and for this reason are often installed on racing bikes or bikes for racing use.
The most important questions in brief:
- Fixie or freewheel sprocket?
- How big should the gear ratio be?
- Which intake do I need?
- From what material should the pinion be made?
In our online shop you will find many different sprockets. Whether freewheel sprocket, singlespeed and fixed gear or complete sprocket packages we are sure you will find the right thing in our shop.