Can i use this chain for spare links?
I already have this chain (groupset), it is too small for my 11-32 set up when on the front large crank and 32 on the rear, i need 2 or 3 extra links, please advise.
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Shimano 116 link chains should cover your combination and length needs.
If you are running a Shimano 11-32t cassette it is important to run the Medium Cage RD [I assume you have this and not a 'Short Cage'. This will give the correct clearance on the back and allow correct gate and guide alignments.
I have run the 105 drivetrain [Standard Double 10 and 11-speed] as well as Ultegra and Dura Ace [Standard Double and Compact with 11-28, 12-25 and 11-32t on the cassettes.
In all of these I have never found the 116 link chain inadequate.
Additionally, although you will get 'feedback chatter' from your drivetrain [especially from Compacts] when you reach the extreme combinations you should not have issues selecting your gears.
I wonder whether you are running a large cassette on the back and a large ring on the front. If you are climbing big hills I would have thought a Compact Crank on the front would be the way to go. Or, you could use an intermediate Double with 52t x 36t on the front.
Perhaps the 11x32 and 52x36 on the front would be your dream combination.
As I mentioned above, remember you will need a Medium Cage Rear Derailleur when running any cassette ring larger than 28t. The maximum recommended for the common Short Cage RD is 28t.
Most riders understand that the 'big-big' combination is very trying on your components and reduces wattage results and should be avoided. However, it should be selectable without issues, if you select it by mistake.
It is important to have your bike set-up correctly. This will result in the best ride experience/performance from your kit.
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