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TerraCycle Elite Return Idler



Availability: 9 In Stock

Nowhere will you find a better return idler than the Elite Return Idler from TerraCycle. The first thing you'll notice is its super-tough, exquisitely machined construction, then the beautiful aerospace-grade nylon sideplates, the supremely durable industrial urethane chainbed and the immaculately designed inner cores. Then there's the bearing: either a top-quality ABEC-7 steel bearing or the unbeatable resilience and consistency of the precision hybrid ceramic bearing. Never has a ride been so smooth and so reliable as with an Elite Return Idler.
8mm Ceramic Hybrid Bearing

What's the deal with this idler?

This idler is a lightweight return side idler. It's in our Elite Series, which means the very best of everything. It has a very light machined out AL frame. The chain runs on a a tough industrial urethane bed. The sideplates are fiberglass reinforced Nylon, tapered to guide the chain in super quietly. Everything runs on a single top quality bearing. It's tough, light, and really sharp looking. It's the ultimate idler for any return application.

How big is the idler?

We make the Elite 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 0.60 inches or 15.2mm.

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 3 stainless bolts. You shoudn't have to tale 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 have idlers pushing 60K miles with no signs of wearing out, so it may be a while.

What about efficiency and noise?

These idlers are about as efficient as you could possibly get and basically 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 carefully tapered and rounded to minimize rubbing and noise

What bearings can you get with these idlers?

We make these idlers with 8mm Hybrid Ceramic bearings (ceramic balls, stainless steel races). They are also available with a premium quality 10mm steel bearing.

What's the difference between these idlers and the Sport 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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