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TerraCycle Sport Return Idler



The TerraCycle Sport Return Idler is the second best return idler on the market (second only to the Elite Return Idler). With aerospace grade ballistic nylon side plates, tough metal core, durable urethane chainbed and top of the line ABEC-7 steel bearings, this rugged, workhorse idler will give you years of trouble-free improved drivetrain performance. It's solid, it's quiet, and, quite frankly, it's beautiful. For miles and miles, the Sport Return Idler will prove itself a reliable, quality addition to your recumbent.
8mm Standard Bearing

What's the deal with this idler?

This idler is a lightweight return side idler. It's in our Sport Series, which means it's super efficiet and durable for a very good price. The chain runs on a a tough industrial urethane bed. The sideplates are fiberglass reinforced Nylon. Everything runs on a single top quality bearing. It's tough, simple, and nice looking. It's the workhorse idler for any return application.

How big is the idler?

We make the Sport Return matching the 15T size only. It has an outside diameter of 2.75 inches, or 70mm. With 8 or 10mm bearings, it fits on a wide range of bikes and trikes. The width is 0.62 inches or 15.5mm.

I see it has bolts. Can I take it apart?

Yes, these idlers are designed to be disassembled if needed. They are held together with 4 stainless bolts. You shoudn't have to take things apart unless you have many tens of thousands of miles on it and you have reason to believe the bearing is finally worn out. If you damage the idler in a crash or something and need to replace parts, you can

If I ever wear out the chainbed or sideplates, can I replace them?

Yes, we can replace individual pieces if that's ever necessary. We haven't had to do that yet, but with so many idlers out there, we're sure it will happen some day. We expect it to take a while, though (80-100K miles).

What about efficiency and noise?

These idlers are about as efficient as you could possibly get and pretty much silent. The urethane for the chainbed is specifically chosen for it's durability and durometer. It is just the right level of cushioning, without being spongy. The side plates are rounded to minimize rubbing and noise.

What bearings can you get with these idlers?

We make these idlers with 8mm ABEC 7 steel bearings (a top of the line steel bearing).

What's the difference between these idlers and the Elite Series idlers?

The Elite Series are all out performance and bling. Titanium cogs, hybrid ceramic bearings, and completely lightened out CNC machined frames. They are designed to look super sharp and work as good as they look.
The Sport Series idlers have 7075 Aluminum cogs, top quality steel bearings, and injection molded fiberglass reinforced Nylon frames. They are designed to be simple, high performance, and tough. The look is much simpler, more businesslike than bling


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