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    10spd Chain for a big guy

    Hi,

    I am upgrading from my worn out 3X9 speed set up to a 2X10 and I am all set to go, but I can't find much on a good chain for a 280lb man. I currently have a Sram 991 Cross Step chain. Is there anything comprable in 10spd? I have had problems in the past with breaking chains, until of course until the cross step. I can hammer on that thing with no worries. I don't shift under load, and I don't cross chain either. I am just trying to get some input from other clydes out there. Thanks in advance

    Drew.

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    I have over 1400 miles on a KMC X-10, 10-speed, reusable Missing Link, I am little north of 300lbs and have not had any issues.

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    I was looking at the KMC X10-Ti, thanks for the info!

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    KMC is good stuff! Just stay away from the SL version. They are spendy, and mine only lasted 500ish miles before it grenaded into 4 seperate chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millertm View Post
    I have over 1400 miles on a KMC X-10, 10-speed, reusable Missing Link, I am little north of 300lbs and have not had any issues.

    Mark
    +2, these chains have served me well...

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    Being a big guy, I've always stayed away from the lighter stuff. Though the owner of the shop I work at is convinced that the new carbon bikes would be just fine for me. I don't know.

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    I'm bigger, and ride a lot of vert so its high chain tension riding in the smaller chain ring. I broke a KMC, a SRAM, and a Shimano chain, each lasting about 300 miles. Mike at Auburn Bike Works did some research. He found the guys running 10x systems on tandems were having chain life problems, but were having good luck with Campy chains so he put me on one. The first went just over 1000 miles. It didn't break, but I had a worn cassette so I replaced both at the same time. The second has several hundred on it and is not showing any stretch at all. They're expensive (about twice the price of a regular chain), but the price per mile is more favorable than the other chains and not breaking chains on the trail is nice. The model I'm on is the CN1-VLX "Catena Veloce 10v". It shifts as well as any of the other chains.

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    Interesting, I might have to check that out. As long as I can get it. I haven't found it on our suppliers list yet... I'll keep a look out though. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewdoeboy View Post
    Being a big guy, I've always stayed away from the lighter stuff. Though the owner of the shop I work at is convinced that the new carbon bikes would be just fine for me. I don't know.
    I laughed at my LBS guy when he said I could get on the Carbon rims. He keeps saying that I could get a carbon bike as well. I keep pointing out the rim weight limits and bike weight limits are about half what I weigh. Oh well, at least they sold me a new XT cluch derailer with install for $130.

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    I will say I seen some people close to my size hucking carbon SantaCruz bikes off of some big drops for about a year now. The bikes come in regularly for maintenance and we have seen nothing crack just yet. These guys ride their bikes hard too. I still have a itching feeling that having carbon fibre in my flesh isn't going to go over well. I have a pair of Chris King wheels I laced up with Stans Arch hoops and DT swiss competition spokes, I've never had to true them and they are still rolling like the day I laced them. Either way, I Think I have decided I am going to try the KMC X-10 Ti chain for now and see how that goes. Though I think the fiance' has giving me permission(I'm a student and only work part time.) to upgrade to a new mountain bike and I've got my eyes set on Either a Santacruz Tallboy LT or a Santacruz Bronson.... Decisions....

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    Spin more, mash less, clean and oil your chain regularly. That is all.

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    KMC for me. Shifting technique, not cross-chaining, and regular maintenance have increased my chain life as well.
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    Chains can take far more load than you can put on them.
    Chains break through bad spannering and / or bad technique. It has nothing to do with your weight.

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    I have many, many kms on KMC X10-SL chains with no issues at all. I'm 240 lbs and ride hard in some pretty nasty conditions here near Vancouver, BC. The quick link has also proven to be very durable.

    If you're worried about the SL version there's no reason to shy away from the non-SL but I don't believe they've sacrificed durablity for light weight.
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    I know proper shift technique is key, along with cleaning and oiling regularly. I clean my chain before every ride and after depending on the trail conditions. Like stated above, I don't shift like a schmuck and I don't cross chain either. I just ordered the KMC chain and now I can finally install all the goods for this season! Thanks for the input everyone!

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