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Rear sprocket for SSA bikes?

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Hey guys, I'm looking to replace my sprockets/chain as they're starting to get a little worn. I'm a little confused about changing the rear though as it's my first time doing it on an SSA bike. Almost everywhere I've looked only sells sprockets made to work with the quick change sprocket carriers. I don't need that ability and especially don't want to spend a couple hundred on the carrier itself. Can I not just get an OEM style sprocket and mount it using the existing hardware?
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In fact, I just completed an upgrade on my 796... I got the new carrier and quick change sprocket setup. Costwise, it's a wash, assuming you will replace your sprocket at least one more time, and... of course... it makes it much easier. I would also plan on replacing the cush-drive inserts; mine have about 11K miles on them and they are fairly trashed. I have the old sprocket, still, if you want pictures of it.
 

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Cool thanks for the info. I finally found a sprocket that fits as an OEM replacement rather than the quick change and it costs about the same as a quick change carrier and sprocket so I guess I'll just go that route.

Do you use rubber or poly cush drives when you replaced yours?
I used the urethane ones, they came with the whole sprocket/chain combo package they worked up for me. In the little bit I've ridden it since I've installed it, I can tell they are a little less forgiving than the rubber ones, but I don't have to worry about deterioration. The one thing I did notice, and what drove me to pull the trigger in the first place, was the deflection of the factory sprocket with the worn rubber cush inserts... it was fairly wobbling around on the axle, and the chain was hitting the side of the tire.

That's what the parts guy said... the cost of the factory-style sprocket alone costs almost as much as the new carrier and QC sprocket. In the end, it probably doesn't make any difference, unless you track the bike and need to make quick sprocket changes. I suspect I'll have to change the sprocket once more, maybe twice, in the bike's lifetime.
 

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I never got the "quick change" thing. In fact I think it's faster doing a regular sprocket as you only have one big nut to undo and torque back versus 6? smaller nuts.
No... you still have to disassemble the sprocket from the OEM carrier... so 1 big bolt and 5 small ones, unless you can pull the sprocket off past the cush drives. My thought on the OEM cush drives are... after 10K miles, mine needed replacement anyway, so you are back to disassembling the whole thing. The QC idea is to leave the carrier on the bike and just remove the sprocket with the 5 smaller bolts you can probably zap on and off with a ratchet or impact gun quickly. It does make sense.
 

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Also, for the record... the 796 has a special offset countershaft sprocket, it is not the same as the others. Make sure it's the correct sprocket!
 
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