I snapped a chain last night so dug out my SRAM powerlinks but they would not fit the chain together. The pins fitted in the first holes but would not pull tight and slip into the 2nd holes. A mate handed me a KMC one and that went together fine. Before you ask, yes I had a 9sp (SRAM 991) chain and my powerlinks were gold and a few other riders had a go at it too so it wasn't just me.
Postmortem on the workbench today and the links slip together fine on their own but I just cant fit them together when they are in place on a chain. I tried the original SRAM powerlink that was already in the chain and it works but the new ones won't. I checked my CRC account and I bought the pack of 3 powerlinks from them in Nov last year so they are unlikely to be hooky. Upon examining the KMC one it has a slightly different shaped hole.
I mean they are something that the well prepared biker carries, much like carrying an innertube or two but you dont examine a brand new tube for punctures do you? I'm gunna send them back to CRC and I'm sure that all will be sorted but has anyone ever had any similar experiences?