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    I did a search and I only found a couple of peps who are running the Sram PC991. Can anyone recommend against using this chain for SS use? In terms of strength, I use this on my geared bike and typically mash on it like a SS so I can't see why I shouldn't use it for my dedicated SS. Thanks for any input.
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    991 works. Way better than the crappy PC-1 too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-bar
    I did a search and I only found a couple of peps who are running the Sram PC991. Can anyone recommend against using this chain for SS use? In terms of strength, I use this on my geared bike and typically mash on it like a SS so I can't see why I shouldn't use it for my dedicated SS. Thanks for any input.
    Great chain. But also massive overkill for an SS. There's no reason (other than being a weight weenie, and there's nothing wrong with that) to run a high-end 9spd chain on an SS. Buy a decent 8speed or BMX chain for 1/4 the price.

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    I think thecrazyfinn said it best...
    "here's no reason (other than being a weight weenie, and there's nothing wrong with that) to run a high-end 9spd chain on an SS. Buy a decent 8speed or BMX chain for 1/4 the price."

    Also the PC-1 is a notoriously BAD chain - I've snapped 2 and seen LOTS of broken chains on and off the trail... I have had excellent durability with 8 speed chains. An 8-speed chain seems to be stronger and way more reliable than the PC-1, and a bit more - but not quite as - spendy as a 9-speed chain...

    I've been using a SRAM PC-58 for a while... they're solid!
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    I do get tired of saying this, but here it goes:

    If you have a good chainline, the narrower chains work better as they do not have as much side to side play on the cog/ring thus bind less and last longer. When you are cranking up a hill, you have a little frame flex, and your chain will want to creep a little. I've gotton my money's worth out of 9 speed chains lasting longer, and have been trying a Sram 10 speed to see how it does. 3.5 months and so far so good.

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    hey guys, thanks for all of your replies. the pc991 hollow pin is done deal for me now.
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    KMC bmx chain, they last forever. I fully agree that the PC-1 is total crap
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1speed
    KMC bmx chain, they last forever. I fully agree that the PC-1 is total crap
    And they come in fancy colors. I will have to try a more narrow chain though too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1speed
    KMC bmx chain, they last forever. I fully agree that the PC-1 is total crap
    agreed. the "Z" chain in either the red or blue box(don't know what the dif is really, which ever's in stock i'll take it) at $8.99 is the best way to go. i think i've only had to replace the chain a couple times in the past 8 years of ss'ing.
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    KMC Z610HX and done!
    Why spend more?

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    Z chain - red box - rocks!!! You'll be running quiet as ever, almost stealth like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eischman
    And they come in fancy colors. I will have to try a more narrow chain though too.
    if you look hard enough you'll find the Z610HX is available in colours...one of the few 3/32" chains that are.
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    I use SRAM 8 speed chains with no fuss (PC 58 or 58).
    They are really cheap, strong, use a Powerlink and do not rust.
    Most of French singlespeeders do indeed.

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    sram 8 speed chains are all you need. the pc 1's are crapola.

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    KMC710SL is on both of my rides. I'm 2 bills and mash pretty hard. I broke 2 PC 1s. Good luck.

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    PC-1, good and bad...

    There are two versions of the PC-1. The nickle plated version is a great chain that I've been using for about 5 years and goes for about $18. The non-nickle plated for about $9 is junk.

    Folks spout all the time about the PC-1 and rarely mention which version they speak of.

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    Yeah I have the nickle PC-1 and have been happy all season........

    So far......
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