- 10 speed chains – Buy cheap, buy twice?
Interesting question as I’d always been lead to understand that in terms of material strength and wear resistance, they were much of a muchness. The extra money pays for fancy finishes, hollow pins, cuts in side plates and improved riveting methods.
However, I’ve always favoured shiny and Sachs – sedis – sram chains.Posted 3 years ago
Any recommendations for solid/cheap 10 speed MTB chain?
Went 1×10 last November and chain (SRAM PC1091R 10 Speed Hollow Pin) is starting to wear. Kind of wish I didn’t get the chain wear tool, ignorance was bliss.
Looking for something cheap but it’s a mine field of options and my chain knowledge is next to nothing. Not fussed about weight but don’t wont to get cheap/buy twice.Posted 3 years agodeadkennySubscriber
KMC. Far less chain snapping than SRAM.
The ‘wear’ is much the same with any chain but with KMC you can run it to destruction and it won’t fall apart early. Yes it’s two fingers up to Park Tools and their backhander they must get from chain companies for producing their chain checker 😉 , but I go on the basis that replacing chains three times by changing them early when they are still perfectly good, doesn’t “save” the cassette. It lasts just as long in my experience over three chains as running one chain to death. The reason for the early change of chain really is because cassettes mesh with the current wear of chain but are less happy with new ones. Let it run and it won’t work with new ones any more, but it’s still perfectly fine with the old chain. If the old chain isn’t dead, why change it?
That’s my current experimental theory anyway, and so far it’s working. A year on the current cassette and chain and seems fine. Not snapped chain. KMC.
Ps. Add to the mix… Squirt lube. Constantly shiny chain, possibly less grinding grit damage.Posted 3 years agowarpcowMember
Previous experience of SRAM was that they wore out quicker than anything else. Shimano snapped. Now I use either Connex or KMC, whichever is cheapest when it comes time to buy. I’m also of the deadkenny school of thought when it comes to changing chains/running it into the ground.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
sandwicheater – Member
Spotted the KMC chains but as I’d never heard of the company was suspicious.
KMC make most Shimano chains, fwiw. They do me well (X10-93 usually) though they’re not quite as good a deal as the 9-speeds usually were. Come with a powerlink too.
Having said that I think I’ve got 105 chains on both bikes just now as they were silly cheap.Posted 3 years ago
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