9 speed chains

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  • poolman

    I am after a few spares for a shimano groupset equipped bike. I’ve read -ve reviews of the cheap ones, what’s the min level I can get away with?

    Also, is Sram & its powerlink the way to go? I can’t afford a bust chain up in those hot mountains!

    Appreciate any advice

    Premier Icon nuke

    Tend to go whatever’s on cheapiest at the time around LX level on my Shimano drivetrain equipped bikes so Shimano HG73 or SRAM 971 then use a gold Powerlink…you can use Powerlinks with chains other than SRAM with no problem.


    Connex/Wipperman is the answer to all chain and powerlink type questions.


    A chain is a chain, the more you pay, the nicer it will look, and lighter it will be, there won’t be much difference in functionality though.

    What alternative to a powerlink are you looking at? KMC and SRAM and others are all virtually the same design for 9 speed, only Shimano with their proprietary pin are different, all systems work well, but the powerlink is easier if you need to undo the chain, as the Shimano is single use, and the powerlink for 9 speed is re-usable.

    You can pick up PC951’s or PC971 for £9.99 or PC991’s from £14.99 which are nice and shiny.


    +1 KMC. Haven’t tried C/W. Have been let down by a batch of sram ones in the past. Shimano don’t have a quick link so rubbish IMO.


    Quick heads up on one are doing 991 srams @£14.99 ive just bought 2


    Oddly I’ve just splashed on a PC991 from On One today too! Bargain!

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