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  1. #1
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    Chain brands make a difference in shift quality?

    Stopped at the bike shop on the way home to pick up a new chain. They had Sram, Shimano and Wipperman all in stock in a couple different models.

    I stood there for a moment looking at them and their different prices and such. I went with a Sram 951 since its what I currently have on my bike.

    Do any brands or models have better or worse shift or operation characteristics that the other? Just curious. Or is a chain just a chain and all thats really different is weight and life expectancy?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2004
    i prefer kmc chains, they last me the longest and a lil cheaper

  3. #3
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    I have a friend who swears by Rohloff Chains. He says they are hard to find but noticably improve the shifting. I've never tried them and, at this point, wouldn't know one chain from another.

  4. #4
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    I'll Second That!

    Rohloff chains are the best IMO; Hands Down.

    I'd rate Shimano and Sram about the same. Still very good but a bit off from Rohloff.

    And I've been disappointed with Wipperman. I have one of their stainless chains and it shifts great in back but it is very reluctant to move from chainring to chainring.
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