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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    My bike is screaming chain me (campy c9, sram pc 911, shimano 7701 )

    I just gathered chain variety in same price range. But which would last longer and rum smoother? CAMPAGNOLO RECORD C9, Sram PC 991 II Cross Step, Shimano CN-7701, Connex 9sG 9? Chains that don‘t have quick link for removing I was thinking of adding sram powerlink. Need your advise fast, because it sucks not to ride.

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    Don't know much about Campy chains from personal experience. Any of them will be fine. Chain performance, durability and failure rates are largely anecdotal. Having said that, the SRAM 991 Cross Step is generally very highly regarded. Wipperman chains are too.

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    I tend to run whatever is on sale. KMZ, SRAM, Shimano. All of them, regardless of brand, wear out for me in about 600 miles, regardless of price. I've worn out 21 chains so far in my almost 4 years of riding 9 speeds, 11 cassettes (the Sram 990 ones, while light are expensive and don't last any longer), and 7 sets of steel granny 22 tooth and steel 32 tooth middle ring gears, because aluminum doesn't last any longer at all, it wears faster.

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