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    Chain for beachriding?

    I have been using sram PC971 chains over the last year. Seem ok, but...

    Is there anything better for a 9 speed set up that I should be looking at, before I buy in bulk for the parts box?
    Looking for maximum longevity, as the chain takes a beating on the gritty Scottish beaches, no matter how much you try to look after them.
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    I've had much better luck with the fairly inexpensive KMC 9-speed chains. The SRAM ones break on me more often.

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    Is that the KMC X9-73 chains?
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    My Mukluk came fitted with a KMC Z99RB rust-proof chain and it's worked really, really well with the Squirt lube that Coastkid has got me into using. So much so that I've bought another as a spare.

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    I think the ones I'm using are the X9-93 versions, but I'm not sure what the difference is... they seem relatively tough, anyway (for mud riding and rainy commuting). I snapped one SRAM 971 chain four times in maybe 1000 miles, and finally gave up. It was so short by that point, I was getting kinda limited on gear positions, anyway!

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    my mukluk snapped its sram chain at under 40 miles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman View Post
    ...Looking for maximum longevity, as the chain takes a beating on the gritty Scottish beaches, no matter how much you try to look after them.
    I was thinking of getting some of this so I can have a go at corrosion dodging.

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    What do they use on the rigs to keep rust away?

    I've got some belt drives (home brew conversions) on my other bikes, but I'll wait for Gates to have a better supply of consumables before I go take it any further with my fat bike*.


    *or for someone to make a front Uno belt ring for my Middleburn.
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    The KMC Rust Buster chains hold up in the tropics.

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    I use SRAM PC-991 chains, and haven't busted one yet. FWIW, I have a tendency to "muscle up" climbs rather than spin (legacy or previous powerlifting hobby ), so the drivetrain does see some torque.
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    I have bought a KMC rustbeater to try out. I too, have broke sram chains, so nice to try something different, esp in the harsh conditions the fatty is exposed to.

    Velo, we use standard chain & some very sticky marine lube on the rig. Not really the stuff you would want near your bike!
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    Shimano Dura Ace XTR are East Coast approved

    Always used these on my fatties. touch (drift)wood not snapped one yet. I usually use 3 to a chain rings/cassette`s life.

    21 from CRC, i like the fit and forget rivet, though always carry spare Sram links with the tools. Aye a good degrease then get some Squirt lube applied
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    I like the sram links too. I normally remove the chain every month for a dunk in the cleaning bath, really easy with those joining links
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    The sram singlespeed chain holds up well. it will rust lots but is strong and not as affected by grit as narrower chains seem to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fahzure View Post
    The KMC Rust Buster chains hold up in the tropics.
    +1.. We use them here on the Florida beach with no issues

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