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    Chain for a Clyde?

    Looking for recommendations on a good and durable chain for a clyde. Any recommendations appreciated. Thanks.

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    9 spd.? I'm using a Sram PC-971 with pretty good results, even though on my first ride I was a little over confident and shifted while pedaling resulting in a broken link. But I was able to put a spare link in without a powerlink and it's been fine since.

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    I have had the best success with KMC (whom also make Shimano chains) X series chains. They use center punch pins that have 1.5x higher pin pull strength than stepped pins such as those use on the standard SRAM chains.

    I have only broken two chains in the last ten years, two SRAM PC69 (current equivalent being the PC-971) back in 2004. Those happen to be the last two SRAM chains I've used.

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    Yes, I'm looking for 9 speed. Any particular KMC chain that is recommended? Looks like there are a bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDMB View Post
    Yes, I'm looking for 9 speed. Any particular KMC chain that is recommended? Looks like there are a bunch.
    X9.93 is the bargain chain, just as strong as the other two
    X9.99 ads plated inner links for extra corrosion resistance
    X9-Ti ads a slick coating that sheds mud and is easier to clean

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    use sram purely because of the quicklinks... yes I could buy whatever with a quicklink but I've only ever had 1 issue with a chain (which was ironicly because of a quicklink... but I carried a spare so a few min on the side of the trail fixed that.
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    I'm 330 and can break a shimano freehub by looking at it. I mainly only use SRAM 970 chains. Yes I have broken a few but they have been my fault due to bad shifting, etc. I've also broken a shimano chain with a bad shift. SRAM's power links are awesome, but you can also use them with shimano.

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    sasquatch... speaking of killing shimano freehub's...

    have you tried out one of the newer "high torque" "36t cassette rated" type freehubs yet?
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    I started with the XT 756 rear hub, broke3 or 4 freehubs, each lasted about a month. Then adopted a 529 freehub on my 756 body (screwed right on, no problems). The 529 is the 18 point, 629 is 36 point. 529 freehub broke in two months and thats when I upgraded to a DT Swiss 440 with start ratchet which has help up amazingly so far. haven't tried the 629.

    I did just buy a bikesdirect single speed bike (Gravity G29), and if that freehub dies I might see if a 629 will work.

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    I just bought a bike with a crappy deore hub... also bought a cheapo wheelset with the 629... so we'll see what happens lol...
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    Guess I'll try and hop in here, rather than starting a new thread. So I'm switching to 10spd. With all the Shimano lingo, I get a bit confused. Haven't read the best reviews of the HG94 chain. I could go $50 on an XTR or a DuraAce chain, but I'm not even sure what dura ace means...I'll go check Shimano's site. Are there any other recommended big dude chains that will work with the XT 780 stuff (I've got the 780 rear der. and the XT 771 cassette). I read about directional dynasis/hyperglyde/sgs tech lingo stuff from Shimano, and I get lost as what is compatible to what. Any KMC chains work with the XT 780?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    I just bought a bike with a crappy deore hub... also bought a cheapo wheelset with the 629... so we'll see what happens lol...
    Donaldson, I use the M529 hubs on wheels I build for friends who don't want to spend more on fancy stuff. I weigh 255 and I've ridden them and they're pretty damn tough for the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Guess I'll try and hop in here, rather than starting a new thread. So I'm switching to 10spd. With all the Shimano lingo, I get a bit confused. Haven't read the best reviews of the HG94 chain. I could go $50 on an XTR or a DuraAce chain, but I'm not even sure what dura ace means...I'll go check Shimano's site. Are there any other recommended big dude chains that will work with the XT 780 stuff (I've got the 780 rear der. and the XT 771 cassette). I read about directional dynasis/hyperglyde/sgs tech lingo stuff from Shimano, and I get lost as what is compatible to what. Any KMC chains work with the XT 780?
    Dura Ace is Top level road, XTR is lightweight XC chain. Go with a KMC or XT chain.

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    KMC X9 - nothing else

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    Quote Originally Posted by markymark View Post
    KMC X9 - nothing else
    Are you saying you use the KMC X9 chain and nothing else? Or are you saying that the KMC X9 chain is the only KMC chain that works with Shimano dynasis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Are you saying you use the KMC X9 chain and nothing else? Or are you saying that the KMC X9 chain is the only KMC chain that works with Shimano dynasis?
    ah sorry for being vague, I'm saying that the X9 is the best clyde chain there is imho. Even though there are other kmc chains and shimano chains that fit, the X9 is the best. Why? Uber strong, great shifting, easy removal and cleaning, good value, never breaks, wears well, easy to work on, no silly directional issues like shimano. I've got them and x10's on all my bikes.

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    I use the KMC x10sl Ti with zero issues. I'm 290# I have only ridden a couple hundred miles on it so I can say anything for long term.

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    KMC X10 chains on the 10 speed stuff, works great with both SRAM and Shimano 10 speed

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    i use shimano xt chains with connex quick links....i have broke EVERYTHING else111

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    I can vouch for the SRAM PC50. The bike I'm riding right now I've had since I was 14, and it's had that PC50 as long as I can remember. I don't clean it, I don't lube it, and I don't shift properly but it has never snapped on me or given me problems. Right now, I'm 245 and it got me through 20 miles today without issue. I mostly chew up cassettes, but I'm pretty sure that is my lack of shifting technique. I have no idea what the current rendition of the 50 would be though...hopefully someone else does. I doubt it's made any more.

    And yes, I'm knocking on wood as I type this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H3LlIoN View Post
    I can vouch for the SRAM PC50. The bike I'm riding right now I've had since I was 14, and it's had that PC50 as long as I can remember. I don't clean it, I don't lube it, and I don't shift properly but it has never snapped on me or given me problems. Right now, I'm 245 and it got me through 20 miles today without issue. I mostly chew up cassettes, but I'm pretty sure that is my lack of shifting technique. I have no idea what the current rendition of the 50 would be though...hopefully someone else does. I doubt it's made any more.

    And yes, I'm knocking on wood as I type this.
    "Chewing up cassettes" is more likely a result of you not cleaning, lubing, or replacing your chain. An old, worn out chain will trash a new cassette in no time even with proper shifting technique due to the increased spacing of the links from roller wear.

    I recommend you replace your chain next time you destroy a cassette, and a little cleaning/lubing goes a long way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Donaldson, I use the M529 hubs on wheels I build for friends who don't want to spend more on fancy stuff. I weigh 255 and I've ridden them and they're pretty damn tough for the money.
    it seems hit or miss some people just kill em and others are fine on em... wonder if it has to do with mashers or spinners... if I kill em I'll take that as an opportunity to build my own wheelset
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    Kmc x9.
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