Jockey wheel upgrades

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Guyeclipse
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by Guyeclipse

Does anyone think that jockey wheel upgrades are worthwhile? I'm looking at Aluminium ones over the standard Shimano plastic ones, but I am concerned with aluminium whether they will be noisy. Does anyone run any and can help me?

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by brycerider

Of dubious value unless yours are worn out.

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by sugarkane

I upgraded my sr rear mech using extralite jockey wheels.
I think they are a good upgrade.. Can't say all jockey wheels are equal though..

Jack101
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by Jack101

Just installed some new aluminium ones the other day, can't say they're noticeably louder. Perhaps a slightly higher pitched sound (maybe that's just me being stupid though!), but definitely spin a lot better than the stock shimano ones.

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I briefly rode a bike with the KCNC jockey wheels. I was expecting them to be quite a bit louder than stock but I really didn't notice any sort of difference.

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by ticou

The best upgrade is ceramic bearings, notably Cult ceramics from Campy, as i'm running in me Chorus. A real difference.

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ticou wrote:The best upgrade is ceramic bearings, notably Cult ceramics from Campy, as i'm running in me Chorus. A real difference.


The placebo effect is always nice.

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by artray

I have some gold carbon jockey wheels they weigh 8 grms a pair . I was also using AFC jockey wheels 5 grms a pair . To be honest they seem to make no difference at all . I have used kcnc and before that standard sram red and Ive used some with ceramic bearings. Don't really notice the difference

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Zen Cyclery wrote:
ticou wrote:The best upgrade is ceramic bearings, notably Cult ceramics from Campy, as i'm running in me Chorus. A real difference.


The placebo effect is always nice.


Not so sirrah! 'Tis a real, quantifiable difference, my shim standard jockeys are like sludge in comparison. And chaps, the pro's might use Shim a lot, but they don't go with anything other than large ceramic jockey wheels, not DA's.

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ticou wrote:The best upgrade is ceramic bearings, notably Cult ceramics from Campy, as i'm running in me Chorus. A real difference.


I've posted this before - agree that the SR's are great pulleys.....for the other poster who said he "upgraded" from SR to others.....after seeing this video was that really what you'd call an upgrade?

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by sugarkane

I like the extralite jockeys because...
They are hard wearing, spin very well even after 10000kms
And they are MUCH easier to keep clean. And they are Half the weight

Guyeclipse
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by Guyeclipse

Jack101 wrote:Just installed some new aluminium ones the other day, can't say they're noticeably louder. Perhaps a slightly higher pitched sound (maybe that's just me being stupid though!), but definitely spin a lot better than the stock shimano ones.


Thank you that is very interesting. I'm glad that they don't make noise when spinning, I was more concerned though with the noise when shifting up and down sprockets and whether that would create a slightly tinny harsh noise after the shift initiates. Anyway that's what I imagined anyway. Do you find the shifting is more precise?

Jack101
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by Jack101

Glad it was some help. No I wouldn't say they make any noise when shifting, not noticeably anyway. And if I'm honest I can't say there is much of shifting improvement, I'd like to say there is but perhaps that's just psychological! Just for reference I'm running ultegra 6700.

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+1 for extralite just for the lower weight.

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by Stockie

I installed some pulleys from xx-light-bikes. They are made of the same material as the Extralite ones and weigh also about 10 grams.
Though, when i install them, and i tighten the pulley bolts, there is much of drag.
xx-light told me to not tighten the pulley bolts as much, but to put some blue loctite on the threads. I tried this, but since i don't tighten the bolts that much, the backplate of the derailleur can move. Could this be a problem?
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