KMC 10 speed connectors…without pliers
The best £6 you’ll ever spend, Ian 😉Posted 4 years agoslowpuncheurMember
I’ve had the same issue with the KMC ‘missing link’. In my experience they are more of a faff than the quick links that SRAM and others do.
For fitting they can be tight but a good tip is to use the force of the cranks against a braked or held rear wheel. This loads the upper section of chain (and the link) and saves you using a tool. Removal often needs the pliers though.Posted 4 years agotheflatboyMember
I fitted a 10 speed shimano chain with KMC link to the roadie the other day and couldn’t get enough tension on it to get it to engage properly. Ended up using needle nose pliers between links on either side and opening them to pull the link to engage. Definitely much fiddlier than the 9 speed equivalents.Posted 4 years agohainmanMember
I just ordered a new chain and went for the KMC 10,I actually don’t know how i got the old quick link off,faffing for ages then whack,chain came off,put new one on and could i get new link on,could i hell,took bike to wheelcraft to get work done,and mentioned the problem,as i had put old one on,he told me it was goosed,sold me a new Sram one,which i didnt mind,as 3 quid and keeps my new one as a spare,his method of pulling it closed was great,link up top,grab back wheel and rattle the cranks to pedal,shut!! now i need to figure out how it comes off again….Posted 4 years agonjee20Subscriber
9 speed links are re-usable, the 10s aren’t which is why the 9 speeds are easy to de-link and the 10s are not.
Only on SRAM, KMC ones are re-usable.
I fitted a 10 speed shimano chain with KMC link to the roadie the other day and couldn’t get enough tension on it to get it to engage properly
Apply brakes, stand on pedal. That’s actually in the instructions on the SRAM ones now.Posted 4 years agotimbaMember
Here’s a suggestion… http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_member/201107050.pdfPosted 4 years agooldgitMember
I’ve always found the KMC 10 the easiest, It’s the spare I carry and the one I use when stripping the crosser post race. It does come apart ‘just like that’
Only learnt this year that the SRAM Black links are quick fit only and not replaceable.
Edit from SRAM
SRAM chain engineers developed PowerLock as a tool free, sure and consistent way to connect our 10 speed chains. While PL does not require special tools for install, the especially tight tolerances of 10 Speed drive trains mandated that each PowerLock is good for a one-time application only.
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