Choosing a Small Sprocket

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Chain Sprockets are effectively regular polygons. Because of this, when the small sprocket is pulling the chain a pulse is created in the system.

It is important not to choose a sprocket too small for the smoothest power transfer.

Most engineering manuals suggest that 17 teeth be a minimum for high speed systems.

This graph shows how the lower leverage postion compares to the higher leverage postion as the sprocket rotates. (pitch /(2*TAN(PI()/ teeth ))) / (pitch /(2*SIN(PI()/ teeth )))


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For comparison purposes, here are many of the common bicycle and motorcycle sprockets.


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