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    Repairing Eagle chain

    The missus somehow damaged a link on her hollow pin X1 Eagle chain -- probably hit a rock -- and now it's very much frozen. The chain only has a few hundred miles on it.

    Options:
    1. Toss it
    2. Take out the damaged section and run three lovely powerlinks: the one that's already there, plus two more surrounding the replaced section.
    3. Take out the damaged section and replace via pressing pins in with chain tool.

    Given the cost of these chain I don't want to do #1. Given the cost of powerlinks I don't really want to do #2 either. Also, I live in Zambia most of the year so they are a bit hard to come by.

    Opinions?

    Thanks,
    Kevin

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    First, in your case, do #3 if you can find them. If that doesn't work the cheapest long-term solution is to buy a new chain. You always shorten a new chain and end up with extra links. Use some to repair your current chain. When it wears out replace it with the spare you bought. No loss.

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    You can't use press pins with an eagle chain. The factory pins are molded flush with the links.
    Quick links would work and I don't see much downside to that option.
    Me personally I would replace the chain. If one link is bad a couple others are probably bad too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    First, in your case, do #3 if you can find them.
    No. You can not replace pins on a sram or kmc chain. The pins are flared during manufacturing and the flare on one end gets torn off when it is pressed out. If you re-install it, the chain will break. This applies to 9, 10, 11 and 12 speed chains.

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    you fix a chain to get home then you replace... I donít see much benefit in trying to save some money... get a gx chain which isnít that expensive and donít risk a broken chain while out riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    First, in your case, do #3 if you can find them. If that doesn't work the cheapest long-term solution is to buy a new chain. You always shorten a new chain and end up with extra links. Use some to repair your current chain. When it wears out replace it with the spare you bought. No loss.
    Best option and my advice too.
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