Matt Phillips Peter asks:
Last season I swapped out my jockey wheels on my SRAM eTap derailleur with new Kogel wheels, did the same with my wife’s Di2. I looked long and hard at the Ceramic Speed but couldn’t bring myself to spend so much more. What is the right answer on that, they look so cool but are they worth the extra cash?
Thanks for writing, Peter. Video player poster image I have a fair amount to say on this subject, but I’ll start by answering your question, then go into my screed.
My opinion—partially based on first-hand experience with aftermarket pulleys and oversized pulley cage systems—is that you are burning money. From a performance perspective, you will spend a lot of money for a tiny reduction in friction . But more likely (though not always), you will get more noise and degraded shifting performance.
I think a better use of money is investing in a good drivetrain cleaning setup. Get an ultrasonic cleaner for your chain and a small crock pot. Then, pamper your chain with an awesome lube like Silca’s Secret Chain Blend . Not only will this save you a fair number of watts, but it also extends the life of your drivetrain and save you big money.
Of course, a hot waxed chain doesn’t look as cool as 3D-printed titanium pulleys or a brightly colored machined aluminum pulley cage. And, hey, I love an awesome-looking and super-customized bike. So, you’ll never catch me discouraging anyone from dressing […]
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