Has anyone ever compiled data on chain strength vs weight? Choosing an SS chain sucks- Mtbr.com
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    Has anyone ever compiled data on chain strength vs weight? Choosing an SS chain sucks

    I found data confirming that 1/8" and 3/32" chains have the same strength for the same chain model as you can see here. http://kmcchain.us/wp-content/upload...BMX-Series.pdf

    It's such a PITA to try to compare strength and weight, especially since many places list neither.

    I think it would be worthwhile being to answer what the lightest SS chain is for strength minimums of 900, 1000, and 1200 kgf. Does anyone know?

    Oh, and does anyone know what the hell 'pin-power' means?

    Edit: Also, does anyone still use chains with bushings? Is it worth the weight penalty?
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    Just slap on whatever chain you can find for <$15 and ride the crap out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asphaltdude View Post
    Just slap on whatever chain you can find for <$15 and ride the crap out of it.
    ^ this
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asphaltdude View Post
    Just slap on whatever chain you can find for <$15 and ride the crap out of it.
    Yup, chains don't need to be expensive.

    The difference between 3/32 and ⅛" isn't strength, it's bearing surface which has a relationship with longevity.

    Chains are important on a singlespeed, get a chain that has a decent reputation amongst singlespeeders.

    Otherwise you get TTTIIs*.



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    I've run anything and everything from 8-speed Nashbar cheapy's to nicer KMC SS and Whipperman White Star 108 chains. 3/32nd's is more than adequate for 800 - 1,500 miles on a chain for me before I swap them out due to excessive wear.

    Some chains are built to more precise tolerances and may make some nice popcorn/grinding sounds when you mash on cogs that have some wear on them. In that case, cheap chains may be a better option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    Otherwise you get TTTIIs*.



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    LOL!!

    TTTIIs are so much fun!! /sarcasm

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