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    Shimano CN-HG94 vs HG74 vs HG54 difference

    Hi,

    My FC-M552 Front chainwheel's manual recommends CN-HG94 / CN-HG74 chain. (Applicable chain CN-HG94 / CN-HG74)
    Does anyone know what is the difference between these chains and CN-HG54?

    also between CN-HG94 and CN-HG95


    My bike is 10 speed.

    I am a bit confused about these letters/numbers.

    (sorry for my poor english)

    Thank you!

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    The HG94 is the XT 10 speed chain. The HG95 is the XTR 10 speed chain. Of these the XTR is quite a bit better, it would be worth spending the extra on this one IMO. I would not get the other lower end models.

    Another good option is the KMC X10-73. I prefer this to the shimano, KMC has the best quick link of any 10 speed chain I have used and should last just as long as the XTR. If you do get the KMC make sure to order a 10 speed connector at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    The HG94 is the XT 10 speed chain. The HG95 is the XTR 10 speed chain. Of these the XTR is quite a bit better, it would be worth spending the extra on this one IMO. I would not get the other lower end models.

    Another good option is the KMC X10-73. I prefer this to the shimano, KMC has the best quick link of any 10 speed chain I have used and should last just as long as the XTR.
    The HG95 is XT: Shimano XT CN-HG95 10 Speed Chain | Jenson USA. The CN-M981 is the XTR 10-speed chain. Out of curiosity, how is it quite a bit better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkman999 View Post
    The HG95 is XT: Shimano XT CN-HG95 10 Speed Chain | Jenson USA. The CN-M981 is the XTR 10-speed chain. Out of curiosity, how is it quite a bit better?
    Lighter, stronger, shifts better. The HG94 is one of the worst reviewed chains I've seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    The HG94 is one of the worst reviewed chains I've seen.
    The HG-94 is discontinued and the 95 is its replacement. So does the XTR M981 shift better and is lighter and stronger? Or were you talking about the XT HG95?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkman999 View Post
    The HG-94 is discontinued and the 95 is its replacement. So does the XTR M981 shift better and is lighter and stronger? Or were you talking about the XT HG95?
    Sorry, getting my part numbers mixed up. the 94 was the XT one that everyone hated, the 95 the XT replacement, which would be a fine chain. XTR is typically slightly better in my experience but the main issue with the 94 was all the complaints of people breaking them.
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    Thanks for clarifying. I believe the 95 and 54 are the only two 10-speed MTB chains that Shimano still makes. Most of our family's bikes are 10-speed and we have both the 95 and 54 chains. Both work well, but for the minimal price difference, the 95 is probably the best way to go.

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    Just make sure you get a chain that is specifically for 26" wheel bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    Just make sure you get a chain that is specifically for 26" wheel bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    Just make sure you get a chain that is specifically for 26" wheel bikes.
    The 29" chains provide a performance benefit to 26" bikes. IMBA banned them last year for racers still competing on 26" bikes...
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    I find that the 27.5" chains work fine for both 26" and 29" (and of course 27.5").

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    Ive never had a problem with any chain from any maker... but usually if you poke around the usual online shops, you can get a high end chain for a couple bucks more than a low end chain.

    The good chains from kmc, shimano, sram, and wipperman all seem to work alright to me.

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    Another vote for KMC chains. They all come with a quick-link by the way.

    My full-sus came with a Yban chain, never heard of them, but it is holding up well.

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    Thank you for all the info.

    I think - I am not sure - that the endings like 4 in CN-HG54 is for 10 speed. when it ends with 3 like CN-HG53 is for 9 speed, and maybe when it ends with 5 like HG95 it is for 11speed?

    I am not sure...


    update: no, CN-HG95 is for 10s also. My theory is wrong.

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