SS Chain Advice

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  • 02-11-2013
    kdaly1
    SS Chain Advice
    I have a 13 Trek Superfly AL Elite that I converted to an SS. My chain broke this weekend and I was able to fix it to get back to the car. I dont feel confident and want to get another one. Any suggestions on a real reliable chain that can take a beating? I run a 32 x 18. Thanks Guys/Gals
  • 02-11-2013
    Sparticus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kdaly1 View Post
    i have a 13 trek superfly al elite that i converted to an ss. My chain broke this weekend and i was able to fix it to get back to the car. I dont feel confident and want to get another one. Any suggestions on a real reliable chain that can take a beating? I run a 32 x 18. Thanks guys/gals

    sram pc-850.

    =s
  • 02-11-2013
    kdaly1
    10-4 Thanks. Just bought it on newegg.com Didn't know they did bike parts now too...
  • 02-11-2013
    zorro
    I've been riding the Cutter Asymm Single Speed Chain. I know some peeps don't like it, but it's been working for me. Mind you I'm far from a clydsdale.
  • 02-11-2013
    jetboy23
    Almost any 3/32" chain will work for SSing as long as your chainring and sprocket are that size. If 1/8th, just get a KMC k710 and be done with it.

    All depends on how much you want to pay. I've used Sram 8 & 9 speed chains. The powerlinks make it easy to remove and fix trailside. I've never had one break on me. Now i run KMC chains. 8.83 & z610hx. So far, the 610 is wearing better than any of the others i've run. KMC's listed can usually be found from $8-12.
  • 02-11-2013
    kdaly1
    Great to know thank you very much! Glad I asked!
  • 02-11-2013
    ride_bikes
    The best chain I've used by far for road and trail is...

    KMC Z610HX DropBuster BMX Bicycle Chain (1-Speed, 1/2 x 3/32-Inch, 112L, Silver)
  • 02-11-2013
    stremf
    I personally use SRAM 8-speeds, but far more important than the chain is the chainline. Make sure you've got that dialed in, as it can destroy just about any chain and ride.
  • 02-11-2013
    michaelscott
    I'm a fan of KMC's just because you can take the chain off with your fingers (instead of some sort of proprietary tool like Shimano) for cleaning. I heard SRAM also has this feature but have never tried one of their chains.
  • 02-11-2013
    Bike Whisperer
    Another KMC 610HX vote. Cheap and durable!
  • 02-12-2013
    Chainstretcher
    I run the KMC X9 Gold. Much lighter than the stock one and super strong. I snapped my other one a few weeks ago and I only have a few miles on this one. I did some pretty big climbs and at 242 LBS I really stand on those pedals.
  • 02-12-2013
    Flucod
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chainstretcher View Post
    I run the KMC X9 Gold. Much lighter than the stock one and super strong. I snapped my other one a few weeks ago and I only have a few miles on this one. I did some pretty big climbs and at 242 LBS I really stand on those pedals.

    Good chain. I broke one of those last year uphill and crushed my knee into the stem. Since have been running Connex 808's. They do not stretch much and have been reliable.
  • 02-13-2013
    kdaly1
    Not sure why my order didn't go through but I got the KMC K710 this time around as it was a little cheaper. Hope it works out. Thanks guys
  • 02-13-2013
    jetboy23
    Are you running 1/8" drivetrain? If not, you may have some slop with a 1/8" chain (k710) and 3/32" chainring & sprocket. The k810 is the 3/32" version of the k710, fyi.
  • 02-13-2013
    TroutBum
    sParthoLomus is all knowing. Dude know's a bit about things & stuff. There ain't many things more durable for 250 pesos than a SRAM 8 speeder, 'cept maybe a Surly cog.
  • 02-14-2013
    kdaly1
    10-4 Perhaps, I'll get both and have my LBS advise me what I have and install the correct one. Thanks for the heads up.
  • 02-14-2013
    blum585
    I run a Sram 951 (9 speed) light, cheap and strong. I switched to a KMC gold chain and snapped it in less than 3 hours (from new). 951 works and lasts long.
  • 02-14-2013
    Sparticus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TroutBum View Post
    sParthoLomus is all knowing. Dude know's a bit about things & stuff. There ain't many things more durable for 250 pesos than a SRAM 8 speeder, 'cept maybe a Surly cog.

    TroutBottom, your blatant attempt to snag some +rep failed. Sez mtbr:
    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to TroutBum again."
    Don't worry, I'll hit ya asap. :D
    Meanwhile your usual monthly check is in the mail...

    --sParty
  • 02-16-2013
    bart bakker
    The KMC 610 is a good cheap option but the KMC X1 will last at least 2 times longer and looks better because of the nickel plating. It takes up less dirt as it has a smoother finnish.
  • 02-16-2013
    jetboy23
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bart bakker View Post
    The KMC 610 is a good cheap option but the KMC X1 will last at least 2 times longer and looks better because of the nickel plating. It takes up less dirt as it has a smoother finnish.

    My 610 still looks new after about 700mi and is also nickel plated. I do live in SoCal and mostly deal with dust. Rock n' Roll Gold and Finishline Ceramic Wax keep it clean and running quiet. I don't know where you get 2x longer for the X1, but, for $10-12 you can still buy two 610's and save money. My 610 is wearing great as well and will probably last over a season for me.
  • 02-17-2013
    perttime
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by michaelscott View Post
    I'm a fan of KMC's just because you can take the chain off with your fingers (instead of some sort of proprietary tool like Shimano) for cleaning. I heard SRAM also has this feature but have never tried one of their chains.

    Er... What ?
    How do you shorten your KMC chain, so that it is the right length for your bike?

    You can use the KMC or SRAM quick links with Shimano chains.
  • 02-17-2013
    michaelscott
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    Er... What ?
    How do you shorten your KMC chain, so that it is the right length for your bike?

    You can use the KMC or SRAM quick links with Shimano chains.

    You'd have to use a chain breaker tool to initially set the length- but after you can just take it off by hand.
  • 02-17-2013
    S.O.B.
    Another +1 for SRAM chains. I am currently using a 950, but sometime use the 850. Never broken one (and I ride a lot of miles and with a lot of elevation). The only chain I have every broke is a KMC. Can't remember the model, but it was one of those superlite chains with hollow pins and spaces between the linky thingys, so not a big surprise there.
    Like previously mentioned, know what your drive train will allow for. If you are running a cog or ring cut for 1/8 then do not run a 9 or 8 spd. chain.
    I currently run an HBC front ring and King cog. Soon I will be switching to a e13 ring and an Endless cog (along with that SRAM 850).
    Good Luck with whatever you go with.
  • 02-18-2013
    perttime
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by michaelscott View Post
    You'd have to use a chain breaker tool to initially set the length- but after you can just take it off by hand.

    Yup.

    A chain breaker tool isn't proprietary Shimano, KMC, SRAM, or Campagnolo, though.
  • 02-18-2013
    SlowPokePete
    I've always been happy with SRAM 971's.

    SPP