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    Best re-usable link for a sram PC 1031 chain

    I just read on SRAM that the PowerLock is good for a one-time application only.

    I would like to remove my chain for a better/easier cleaning.

    what options do I have and how many reinstall would they last.
    can someone provide a manufacturer and part number I saw multiple but dont know which one would work.
    Thanks.

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    I think that "one time use" stuff is BS. but you should use a KMC Missing link if you want something that works better.

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    Either the Sram or KMC links will work fine. All the guys I ride with reuse them without any problems.

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    I find the Sram to be too tight on the 10 speed chains. I can't undo it without a tool. The 9 speed version was tight, but I was still able to undo it with my bare hands. The quickest, easiest, slickest 10 speed link is the Connex link by Wippermann. It is reusable and can be done with my bare hands in a second.

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    Best re-usable link for a sram PC 1031 chain

    +1 on the Connex link. They're expensive, but I switched to them after noticing that the KMCs wear faster and cause some chain skipping within a couple weeks. I keep a couple KMCs in my packs as trail band-aids, though. They're cheap, and I can give them away without any heartburn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I think that "one time use" stuff is BS. but you should use a KMC Missing link if you want something that works better.
    Seems like Mr. Zinn agrees with you Technical FAQ: MTB front shifting problems, master links, and more - VeloNews.com.

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    I have reused sram quick links many times without issues, but I frequently replace chains anyway and just use the new ones. That disclaimer is mostly to cta.
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