Suntour CW9 XCT Chainset Review - Intro
What is the cheapest triple 104 chainset on ebay? Its the Suntour CW9 XCT of course. But what do you get for your money, a little less than you might have bargained for.
Suntour CW9 XCT Chainset Review - First Glance and In Use
The Suntour CW9 XCT is fine, no really. It looks good its not overly heavy. And as a triple 9 speed chainset it functions.
|Stock Picture - Suntour XCT|
|On Bike - Outer Ring Replaced with Bash Guard|
Suntour CW9 XCT Chainset Review - Shortcuts
The CW9 XCT is not a true triple chain-ring chainset. The inner 22 tooth chainwheel is mounted to the 32 tooth middle ring, rather than the crank. This "nesting" on the inner two chain rings is a short cuts, and limits the swapping of the middle chain ring for a different size. It also makes the whole set-up feel less rigid.
Chainring bolts are standard size, holes in the crank arm are of a standard size. However, there are no chain ring nuts, they have been done away with in exchange for threaded holes in the middle chain ring.
|Middle ring is threaded to avoid cost of nut.|
|Small ring mounted to mounted to middle ring rather than crank arm.|
Suntour CW9 XCT Chainset Review -Conclusion
This is a fine chainset for kids, and light ridiers but I feel that shortcuts have been taken. I bought this so I could swap around chain rings from the large stcokes of 104 chain rings I have in the spares box. Not really possible with this chainset.
I can't recommend a Suntour Chainset , as I do not know where the short cuts used in this model are replaced by the higher end features. How much would you have to spend. Anyone else got a triple from Suntour.
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