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Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby MichaelB » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:05 am

For the new build, when the frame finally arrives :roll: , I'll need a chain.

It's a 10 sp Shimano system.

I've used Shimano and KMC chains with no real issues (had a 6701 chain break a link on me, so not real keen on the hollow links ones).

Will happily spend good money ona good chain, but not stupid money just to save 2g or get a swanky colour. It's gotta be functional.

Oh, and I use the KMC missing links too.

Recommend away. And "why" as well please
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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby liamb » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:59 am

KMC for me, with a bastardized shimano 105 and Ultegra set up the KMC chain is always quieter and smoother (my gut feel) and seem to last at least a month longer. The link system seems to be easier to use. I clean and lube my chains every 2-3 weeks riding 3-5 times a week. I have never actually documented how long the chain last but I do check them regularly with a chain checker.

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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby Jesmol » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:20 am

KMC, I was running a Durace chain until the connector pin link broke.
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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby GreyhoundCycle » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:21 pm

I know many may disagree. But I found SRAM chains (1091 and 1091R) worked the best on my bikes. SRAM chains are smoother and work the best from the start, where shimano seems to need a lot more adjustments. One downside is SRAM 1091R and 1091 don't last very long.

I have gone through many chains in last two years 1x Shimano 5700, 2x Shimano 6701 and 1x SRAM 1091 and 1x 1091R

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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:44 pm

Connex.

I've broken at least one of every makers chains I've ever used. The only time I could pin the failure onto my stuffup was with a Connex I didn't rejoin properly. Now I use their links on everything.
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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby MichaelB » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:26 pm

Any particular Connex one Mulger ?

Best place to buy them ?


Thanks for the other suggestions, keep them coming.

All info appreciated :D
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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:42 pm

I find Byke or Frugalrouleur give the best results Michael. I just go with their best price in 9 or 10 speed depending on need. I will say that I'm extra impressed with their brass plated units wear, no idea why, but the 9x unit on my commuter has lasted yonks and still has lots to go before the tool will drop completely.

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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby Rex » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:25 pm

I wouldn't use a connex link again.
I had one on my connex chain and it disengaged randomly, and I never found it. I was stranded for an hour in near zero degree temperature and got mild hypothermia.

My connex chain is hard to fault but. Except it's stretched considerably at the moment and really needs replacing... done at least 8,000kms
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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby richbee » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:20 am

I've run 10s KMC Chains on my Campagnolo gruppo for the last 7 years with only smooth shifting to report. Quicklink is easy to use and up to 10s is reuseable.
I'm on Campy 11s now, and when it comes time to change the chain I'll quite gladly opt for the KMC 11 over the Campy versions.
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Re: Recommend me a chain please !!

Postby MichaelB » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:32 am

Used FR to look at chain pricing, and found that Ribble seems to be the best, with the 10SG10 (Brass plated one) can be had for $34 which is heaps cheaper than Wiggle which was next best (AT) $53 ea.

Looks like I'll grab a couple of them then :D

Thanks for the input guys. :mrgreen:
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