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    New question here. Fatbikers chain of Choice

    Hey Everyone,

    Just been doing a lot of looking on the interweb and it seems that everyone has a different opinion about which chains rock and which chains suck. I am sure we will get some differing opinions here right quick, but its worth a shot.

    I have been running a PC 971 on my Pugs without much complaint. I was thinking about trying out the PC 991 cross step or the KMC X9.93 or X9.99.

    With all the different options out there, I figured they might be a common ring among fat bikers!
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    Its a chain. The technology is in the marketing. I use cheap X-level KMC's on all my bikes.
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    I somewhat agree. I do run a more expensive (lighter) chain on my race bike, and a 991 on my fatty. Lube is more important than the chain itself. 45 north has some supposed winter chains, might be worth a look.


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    Shimano Dura Ace/XTR 9 speed. Handles nasty conditions very well and I've never broken one. Serious neglect required to have one get rusty.

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    KMC X10 and some wet lube.

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    Cheap 9 speed KMC off amazon for like $12 a piece. they are great no issues, & come with a removable link.
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    The one with the most ridiculous discount on CRC!

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    All chains are not the same the cheap ones are soft metal the more expensive ones are steel. Take a link apart the cheap one you can bend the link like cheese. The more expensive link is tough to bend. I like KMC chains best

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    The few chains I have broken in the past have all been SRAM, every single one. Including a powerlink.
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    All shimano mountain chains now have mushroomed pins, which bulges the pin and keeps the link from sliding off under extreme conditions. This stated with XTR many years ago and has filtered down to all of em. The only caveat is that you install the supplied connecting pin correctly or a power-link works just fine too.

    For SRAM chains, you have to step up to "crosslink" to get the comparable level of technology. Obviously this is more expensive, so I think the lower end shimano chains are now a better bargain. A long time ago SRAM chains were actually Sachs, even still stamped as Sachs, and back then the shimano chains sucked comparably, but that put a bad taste in many mtbers mouths, which has lived on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    The few chains I have broken in the past have all been SRAM, every single one. Including a powerlink.
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    I use a galvanized KMC chain, KMC Z99 Rust Buster.
    I hate rust, and I hate even more worrying about something rusting, so I'm happy with it.

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    Although a bit pricey, the Shedon Brown Delux chain leaning kit is worth the investment if you really care about performance. The ShelBroCo Bicycle Chain Cleaning System
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    May I ask which chain lasts longer? In terms of the actual rollers wearing out. Not so much the links breaking, or the pins un-peening.

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    Re: Fatbikers chain of Choice

    Ah, yet another advantage of internal gear hubs. I get to run burly 1/8th inch swingle speed chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultraspontane View Post
    Ah, yet another advantage of internal gear hubs. I get to run burly 1/8th inch swingle speed chains.
    Makes sense. We'll see what the future holds for my Moonlander.

    I wonder how them belt drives hold up?...

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    I've never had the rollers wear out; the links usually break long before that happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    I've never had the rollers wear out; the links usually break long before that happens.
    Use a chain stretch checker when the chain is new, and then after the miles have been put on. You will see how much the rollers are wearing.

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    I generally only get about 500 miles per chain.
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    Another vote for the gold KMC 9-speed chain. I got a 1,000 miles on my first one before hitting the wear limit and I have 900 on my current one and haven't yet hit the limit. I use dry lube every 100-150 miles and reverse the chain direction after I lube it.

    My next chain will be the 10-speed version. It's a little lighter and thinner, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up. My guess is that it will do just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    I generally only get about 500 miles per chain.
    In winter conditions, I assume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    I somewhat agree. I do run a more expensive (lighter) chain on my race bike, and a 991 on my fatty. Lube is more important than the chain itself. 45 north has some supposed winter chains, might be worth a look.


    "You're like a Ferrari engine driving a dump truck"
    The 45 North chains are nice, light enough, and pretty cheap. I run a willful neglect 8 speed chain on my wife's ride with an IGH.

    I'm waiting for them to come out with a 10 speed version, though.

    Until then, the Shimano HG-54 does just fine, used with Wipperman quick link.
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    Don't spend much on your winter-bike chains. Assume they will be destroyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnlh View Post
    In winter conditions, I assume?
    It doesn't seem to matter.
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