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    Best S/S Chain

    I've got Boone Ti rings and cogs. What would be the best chain to use on my single? A friend said the Sram PC7X would be a good choice. I've got to admit the gold plates do have a nice look, but I'm more concerned with strength and durability. Any comments welcomed.

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    Good job!

    I heartily recommend the PC7-X...it's all I will personally ever use. I've broken a coupla other SRAM chains, but not these!

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    The Pc 58 & 68 work great.

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    There can be only one!

    The Whipperman..... well nigh unbreakable
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    That chain must weigh 2lbs. Wow its huge.

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    Sram

    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch
    I've got Boone Ti rings and cogs. What would be the best chain to use on my single? A friend said the Sram PC7X would be a good choice. I've got to admit the gold plates do have a nice look, but I'm more concerned with strength and durability. Any comments welcomed.
    SRAM PC-1. How can you go wrong for $10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSteel
    There can be only one!

    The Whipperman..... well nigh unbreakable
    which whipperman is that? and what did you pay for it? looks very wide... does it mate well w/ 3/32" gear?

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    1G8 in black?

    Quote Originally Posted by SSteel
    There can be only one!

    The Whipperman..... well nigh unbreakable
    Is that the 1g8 in black?

    Awesome looking.

    How much do those run?
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    wrong

    The PC-1 is complete garbage. I too was attracted to the price but the amount of times I dropped the chain was not worthwhile (yes I had perfect chainline and tension).

    A second vote for the PC-68 here, going on two years with it and haven't broken or dropped a chain since the changeove from the pc-1.

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    sram

    i am using a pc 48 now and never had any problems with it.


    scott

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    Just WHIP it...

    Whipperman Connex 152 SS/BMX chain....nickel plated baby.... and considering I'm 220 lbs @ 6'1", I need all the strength in a chain that I can get when I lay down the torque.

    Whipperman chains are available at www.mtnhighcyclery.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudo intellectual
    which whipperman is that? and what did you pay for it? looks very wide... does it mate well w/ 3/32" gear?


    It is the Whipperman 1G8... 1.5 tons breaking strength... it is 1/2 x 1/8 and mates really well to my White Industries ENO freewheel and a standard DH/DS ring.

    Price is about $65 CDN ($50-ish USD)

    And yes, it is heavy.
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    Any quality chain will do the job

    A SRAM PC58/59, or PC68/69 or PC99 work great. I've also had great results with Wipperman, TaYa, and my current favorite, Campagnolo 10-speed.

    The truth is that whether it is an 8-speed or 9-speed (or 10, for that matter) makes no noticeable difference. I have actually heard it argued that a narrower chain can be stronger (with the same construction) because of the reduced possibility of twisting between the plates.

    Despite what others may say, a single speed places less strain on chains than geared bikes do. No crappy chainline, no shifting under load, etc. I have never seen a quality, well-lubed chain break on a single speed.

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    Rohloff chains are expensive but I would never experiment with other chains again since none of those I have tried (pc99, pc59, connex 800, shimano something) have lasted very long. None of them have touched the chainring so gently as the rohloff does. In combination with Oil of Rohloff nothing comes close.

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    KMC 710 Kool Chain

    I highly recommend the KMC Kool Chain. Available in 3/32 or 1/8".

    http://home.earthlink.net/~kmcchain/...koolchain.html

    It's directional, wider side-plates virtually ensure no dropped chains. The mushroomed pins virtually guarantee the chain can't break. Yeah, it's a little heavy, but I've never had any problems with this chain. (Sorry, no handy on-the-bike photo)

    - John

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    Disagree

    Quote Originally Posted by miles
    A SRAM PC58/59, or PC68/69 or PC99 work great. I've also had great results with Wipperman, TaYa, and my current favorite, Campagnolo 10-speed.

    The truth is that whether it is an 8-speed or 9-speed (or 10, for that matter) makes no noticeable difference. I have actually heard it argued that a narrower chain can be stronger (with the same construction) because of the reduced possibility of twisting between the plates.

    Despite what others may say, a single speed places less strain on chains than geared bikes do. No crappy chainline, no shifting under load, etc. I have never seen a quality, well-lubed chain break on a single speed.

    miles
    I've never used a 10 speed chain, but after using a singlespeed chain I went and used a 9 speed chain. I busted two 9 speed chains before going to an 8 speed chain and haven't had a problem since. I think the pins were the real issue and would sheer off, letting the plates bend or blow up...

    DT

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    Smile no cheap chains

    buy cheap frame?---yes
    buy cheap stem?---yes
    buy cheap bars?---yes
    buy cheap hubs/wheels/tires?---maybe
    buy cheap saddle?---maybe
    buy cheap chain?---never

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