The Quick Fix:
– 3X to 2X Conversion
Do Your Own 3x to 2x Conversion
With new rings and a little time, you can make a 3X to 2X Conversion. It doesn’t take much to change your chainrings, and this video will walk you through it.
Some Additional Information:
- In this video we don’t cover removing the crank from your bike. If you don’t know how, you’ll need to look up the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s fairly simple, but may require some extra tools depending on your specific crank.
- Having the right chain length is really important. In fact, it’s so important we have a whole video specifically addressing it, which you can find here. Any time you change chainrings or cassettes to new sizes, you’ll want to check to make sure you have the proper chain length. A lot of problems can be solved, or caused, by the length of your chain.
- The front derailleur will need adjustment when changing the number or size of your chainrings. If you go bigger or smaller you’ll need to readjust the height of your derailleur to match the new chainrings. If you change the number of rings, like in this case, from 3 rings to 2X conversion, you’ll need to adjust the derailleur set screws to limit the range of motion. The kind of adjustment you’ll need is totally dependent on what changes you’re making. We do cover the basics of front derailleur adjustment, in other videos, and you can adapt those techniques to your specific needs.
- If you’d like to do a conversion like this, you can find the spacer tabs here.
- If you’re switching to WickWerks chainrings, you’ll want to refer to our Installation Instructions. No, we’re not trying to make things more complicated, but to get the absolute best shifting, there are some minor differences in the way the front derailleur should be set up.
As always: If you’ve got more questions or would like to see us cover something we haven’t done yet, please visit our Contact US page. We’d love to hear your feedback.