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Mixing Shimano and Sram components

Postby Arlberg » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:10 pm

When combining a Shimano Ultegra crankset with a Sram PG1070 12-27 cassette, what brand chain should I use? A Shimano one to best match the crankset, or a Sram one to best match the cassette? Or does it make no difference?
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Re: Mixing Shimano and Sram components

Postby trailgumby » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:15 pm

Neither. KMC X10SL. They make Shimano chains anyway apparently. They seem to have a better user rating on a wide feedback base on mtbr.com for off-road 10-speed, I suspect the same for on-road.

I don't have any experience of SRAM 10-speed on-road so they may have improved, but their mountain bike chains were made of cheese. Soft and fast-wearing.
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Re: Mixing Shimano and Sram components

Postby RonK » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:37 pm

I'm using Sram 9-speed chains on my tourer with Shimano front and rear. Shifting is crisp and durability is good.
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Re: Mixing Shimano and Sram components

Postby Duck! » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:30 pm

The only bits that must be matched are shifters & rear derailleurs. Everything else will work just fine.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: Mixing Shimano and Sram components

Postby trailgumby » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:55 pm

RonK wrote:I'm using Sram 9-speed chains on my tourer with Shimano front and rear. Shifting is crisp and durability is good.

Both would be improved with XTR/Dura-Ace 9-speed chains. A few extra dollars for much better life from rings and cogs.

KMC 9-speed chains weren't as good. Plates were soft. SRAM, yeah well that's where my cheese comment comes from. Their 9-speed chains were ordinary at best, half the life of XTR.
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