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    Who's using SRAM PC-991 hollowpin?

    I have heard good and bad things about this chain. What has been your experiences? I have one on the way, but I wanted to check here first before using it in any races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Rod" View Post
    I have heard good and bad things about this chain. What has been your experiences? I have one on the way, but I wanted to check here first before using it in any races.

    Thanks,

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    Not anymore. Holds dirt much more than solid pins chains. I ride shimano XTR now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimecrusher View Post
    Not anymore. Holds dirt much more than solid pins chains. I ride shimano XTR now.
    Did you or anyone have a problem with the chain breaking? I have read several reviews of it snapping.
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    I have used one for months now without any issue. Keep it clean and lubed and its golden, at least in my experience.
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    Both of my bikes came with PC-991 chain, One broke at the Powerlink... I replaced with the new XTR 10 speeed and Its a great chain, so far its been good..
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    I've used 'em w/o issue.

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    I think most chains break because of user error (forcing dumb shifts at high torque). At least that's the only way I break 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estabro View Post
    I think most chains break because of user error (forcing dumb shifts at high torque). At least that's the only way I break 'em.
    I believe you're right, and then ppl get on mtbr reviews to bash the chain.
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    I've run 991 Hollowpins for the last 5 years on my main trail bike . I've broken lower-spec Shimano and SRAM chains, but not a 991. They also seem to be a bit more corrosion-resistant than LX/XT-level chains, which die of stiff links before they wear out whereas the 991s live long enough to actually wear out, 2+ years of 6+ hours/week trail riding in my case. I don't take very good care of them, lube every 4-5 rides or after they get wet, clean them maybe twice a year. They hold up great considering how little effort I put into them.

    I have not ever run DA/XTR-level Shimano chains so cannot help with that comparison.

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    Can Shimano chains run SRAM's quick link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj0ywatch1np0rn View Post
    Can Shimano chains run SRAM's quick link?
    I have done that and never had an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estabro View Post
    I have done that and never had an issue.
    Sweet!

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    I've had one on my Road Bike for 2 years now (Which is an eternity for me) and it has not caused me a problem. I am the perfect component tester too. Perma Clyde -- am *literally* hell on wheels(Pulled the spokes out of 4 supposedly bulletproof rear rims in 2 years) also very hard on drivetrains. If you have a penchant for breaking chains I would go with the 991 cross step otherwise the hollow pin appears to be at least as tough as the low end 9 speed offerings from SRAM. I don't like the shimano chains as I have had similar stiff link problems as an earlier poster, although I will admit to limited experience with them(maybe 2 chain across 3 bikes in the last 6 years)

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    Quote Originally Posted by clydeone View Post
    I've had one on my Road Bike for 2 years now (Which is an eternity for me) and it has not caused me a problem. I am the perfect component tester too. Perma Clyde -- am *literally* hell on wheels(Pulled the spokes out of 4 supposedly bulletproof rear rims in 2 years) also very hard on drivetrains. If you have a penchant for breaking chains I would go with the 991 cross step otherwise the hollow pin appears to be at least as tough as the low end 9 speed offerings from SRAM. I don't like the shimano chains as I have had similar stiff link problems as an earlier poster, although I will admit to limited experience with them(maybe 2 chain across 3 bikes in the last 6 years)
    Thanks for the elaborate post. I appreciate the feedback. I was just wanting to make sure it wasn't as fragile as it appeared in the reviews on this site. I've been using a low end 550 or smoething and 971 before without issue, so hopefully I should be okay.
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    After far too many mishaps, I now have a new chain mated with a new cassette on race-day only wheels now. It's expensive but effective, and I never have to worry about what stage of life my drivetrain is in. And I don't have to worry as much about my choice of chain (although I can recommend Wipperman Connex).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj0ywatch1np0rn View Post
    Can Shimano chains run SRAM's quick link?
    yes
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    I used one. No issues. Replaced it w/ a much cheaper chain through.

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    Used always. No issues.

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    worked the same as my other (PC99) chains.

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    I have been using them for a few year without one break. I crank hard pretty hard, and am sometimes not the smoothest shifter, but I also am pretty anal about keeping my chains clean and lubed up which might account for me not having chain problems, knock on wood...

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