I’ve seen a lot around recently about people using multiple chains which supposedly makes your chainrings/cassette last longer.
I use a 1*10 setup (XT Cassette, e13 Guide Ring), realistically, if I was to buy another chain (or two?) will my drivetrain last longer in the long run, or will I just wear out three chains just as quickly? Any benefits in real-world use?Posted 4 years agoTuckerUKMember
I think the advantage to multiple chains is you’re more likely to keep a clean well lubed chain on your bike, and because of that your drivetrain may last longer. One chain on bike, one soaking in cleaner (keresone for me), one lubed (gear oil) and ready to go.
Large milk containers are great for both chain cleaning and lubing. Hang up the chain over the container to drip dry.Posted 4 years agoScienceofficerMember
I’ve operated a three chain rotation like tucker describes for 6 years now. I am certain that I spend the least money on replacement drive train parts this way. I think the main factor is not ‘spreading the wear’, as some seem to think, but it’s the opportunity to thoroughly clean the chain that’s off the bike, meaning that less grinding paste is in the chains less often.Posted 4 years agomattg123Member
I always remove the chain every time i wash the bike (piece of piss with a missing link) & give it a real good going over, surprised more people don’t TBH.Posted 4 years ago
A guy in our group runs a 2 chain rotation & swears it prolongs the drivetrain, he buys everything (cassette, chain rings & 2 chains) at once & swaps chains every ride so wear rate should be the same on both.jekkylMember
I was running 2/3 chains in rotation for the last 2 years and I wasn’t convinced it was making the cassette last any longer. So what I’m trying now is one chain and one casette and run them both into the ground. Also I was running the pc991 chain whereas now I’ve given KMC a go and have found it a lot better and harder wearing.Posted 4 years agochristhetallSubscriber
I’ve been running 3 chains for a couple of years and will stick with it
Change every 200 miles, easy with powerlinks, give then a good clean and light lube before storing.
All chains are now worn well past the 1% mark, so it’s now too late to save the cassette anyway, but both bikes seem to going OK. In fact I had far more problems with chain suck when the chains were new.Posted 4 years ago
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