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    SS Chain?

    Help me out here folks.

    I am building up a SS, and the last piece of the puzzle is the chain. I scoured the review sections, but I cannot get a strong lead on anything based on what I've read there.

    I know gearie chains really well, so most of the time I broke a chain it was not really the fault of the chain.

    I am open to any and all suggestions.

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    what kind of dropouts do you have? Vertical or Horizontal?

    I'm currently running a bmx chain, but I"m thinking about switching to a 3/32" Half Link chain, something like a KHE or KME half link chain and getting rid of the Rennen chain tensioner.
    Just ride down there and jump off something for crying out loud...

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    in the last year I have run the gamut they all seem to be fine. the sram 8 and 9 speed chains are the easiest to come by and function fine. Currently I'm running a bling Campy Record 10s chain i salvaged when i changed out drivetrains on my roadie.

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    If they fit your chainring and cog, 9 speed chains are probably the best. Shimano's CN-7701 is the best I have ever used. Those half link chains have lots of opportunities for stretching: every single plate is bent.

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    good info...

    this is all helpful info. thanks to all.

    I run a ti bike with pargon sliders (horizontal). I run a Chris King cog.

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    8 speed SRAM

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    SRAM PC-7X

    best i've ever run.....
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    PC-850 works great

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    Shimano Dura-Ace/XTR (CN-7701) chain is the best i've used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the pope
    PC-850 works great
    +1
    anything Steel

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    KMC bmc chains on my ENO'd SS freewheeled bikes. KMC plain and simple and unencumbered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    KMC bmc chains
    ive never heard of such?

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    From my experience, don't mix 1/8" and 3/32" drive train components. If your cog and ring 3/32, go with a 3/32" chain. If you don't, skipping might occur on occasion. Also 1/8" is not forgiving when it comes to a prefect chainline.

    For SS, 8 speed chains are the best. They are wider than 9, 10, 11, which on average renders them stronger and longer lasting. I opted for the SRAM PC-890, but that's because I'm a snob...830 would work just as fine.

    Also look for a chain with a powerlink. Makes cleaning and maintenance darn simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryman
    what kind of dropouts do you have? Vertical or Horizontal?

    I'm currently running a bmx chain, but I"m thinking about switching to a 3/32" Half Link chain, something like a KHE or KME half link chain and getting rid of the Rennen chain tensioner.
    Don't bother with a half link chain - they're either crap and will stretch (as the joggled sideplates straighten under load) or else they're ridiculously heavy.

    Use something like KMC 610HX and add a half-link (or link and a half) if you need to.
    A half link probably won't eliminate the need for a tensioner of some sort though - I don't know why people expect them to be some sort of universal panacea....
    Just bite the bullet and buy a FC eccentric BB converter if you don't want to use a tensioner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Climber999
    I opted for the SRAM PC-890, but that's because I'm a snob...830 would work just as fine.
    In my experience the PC830 s*cks! I had one and after 5 rides it had stretched more than a KMC Z610HX in 1 season.
    Ride more!

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    SRAM 8 speed chains for me. They're strong, cheap, and last a good long while.

    Quote Originally Posted by asphaltdude
    In my experience the PC830 s*cks! I had one and after 5 rides it had stretched more than a KMC Z610HX in 1 season.
    Did you put it on a worn drivetrain?

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    8 speed SRAM here. Better bushing than BMX chains and also lighter and easier to fix on trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    ive never heard of such?
    Now you have: http://www.kmcchain.com/index.php?ln...mo=view&id=600

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic
    Did you put it on a worn drivetrain?
    Ring (Surly) and cog (Gusset stamped cog) were used but far from worn.
    Ride more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by asphaltdude
    Ring (Surly) and cog (Gusset stamped cog) were used but far from worn.
    Was the previous chain worn more than 1/16" over 12"? If it was, then the new chain would quickly wear to that point as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the pope
    PC-850 works great
    +2!

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    So do you guys suggest that KMC Z610HX chains stretch pretty bad?

    Ive ran a few now and agree that they stretch prematurely but I have nothing to compare this too. I need to adjust my tension after 4 rides, is this normal for a SS drive train?
    "Be the Gear..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Muz R-
    I need to adjust my tension after 4 rides, is this normal for a SS drive train?
    Not for me, but it is hard to compare "rides". I get way more than that with CN-7701.

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