Do I need to increase number of chain links if i increase front sprocket size

Do I need to increase number of chain links if i increase front sprocket size? Do i have to decrease if I decrease rear sprocket? Not planning on it but my friend and I are having a debate lol.

Heres a pic too, i know how much you all love pics.

5 comments
  • If 1 sprocket sizes... you don't have to do anything to the chain links..

  • I have a 43 t rear sproket instead of 46. No problem. Easier to change rear than front

  • Put 16 tooth on front – no problem with chain. Much easier to change front sprocket than rear sprocket!

  • For me, i prefer use OEM front spocket and change the rear spocket.

    OEM front spocket come with rubber washer (not sure the rubber is calles as washer). It reduce cracking noise...

    Rear spocket won't wear off easily..

  • The difference a front sprocket can make to chain length is very small, so no link changes have been required in my experience. A rear change could be a small change, (I.e., if you only go up or down say two teeth maximum) and not require a link change; but if you go up or down more than two teeth on the rear, I expect you'll be learning how to break chain.