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Irrational fear of SRAM Powerlink(14 posts)

Irrational fear of SRAM PowerlinkDaveG
Apr 17, 2001 2:16 PM
I finally decided to try an SRAM chain on my Campy-9 setup and I installed it last night. Shifting was fine and chain was less noisy than my Veloce chain. After seeing that Powerlink and how light and thin it is, I couldn't help being a bit fearful of it snapping or coming apart on me. Despite trying to convince myself that its built to take it, I found myself babying it during the test ride. Has anyone ever had one of these snap, break, explode, or self-destruct on them? Please tell me I've got nothing to fear.
re: Irrational fear of SRAM Powerlinkslbenz
Apr 17, 2001 3:37 PM
I used the SRAM chain for the last several years on my mountain bike without any failure while cross-country racing. I don't think you have to worry about your SRAM chain. It has been faithful for me these last several years of MTB racing. I would assume road riding is less abusive. I plan to install a SRAM chain on my road bike. Like you, I find that SRAM makes a chain that is smooth and quiet. Happy riding!
I use it on all my bikes...biknben
Apr 17, 2001 6:33 PM
I've had on my bikes for years now. I broke a few Shimano chains on the MTB. Switched to the SRAM and haven't had a problem since. I use it on my road bike also. It's great for cleaning. You can just take the chain on and off the bike in seconds without weakening any links.

Some people just use the powerlink with a Shimano chain.
can you do that?G
Apr 18, 2001 12:17 PM
Can you use a PowerLink power link on a Shimano Dura-Ace chain? That way you'd have the Shimano chain body...and the removeable link by Power Link.

Also...are there any Dura-Ace or XTR grouppo'ed people here that would use SRAM's chaing on their setup?
Apr 18, 2001 2:28 PM
I use Powerlinks w/ Shimano chains. I have been doing so for about a year, road and mtb, with no problems. I tried a SRAM chain (PC-89R) on my road bike a while back, but it just didn't seem to shift as well as the Dura-Ace. So now I have the shifting I like and the ease of cleaning.
I agree with both of the aboveJacko
Apr 18, 2001 4:13 AM
I have SRAMs on both my MTB and roadster and have never had a problem. I tend to be a bit freaky about keeping my drivetrain clean and I love the convenience of the powerlink.

As stated above, I too have broken Shimano chains while out on my MTB (once I even got thrown from the rig!).

Here's another benefit: when you lube your chain the dark colored powerlink let's you know when you've hit every link!

re: Irrational fear of SRAM PowerlinkG
Apr 18, 2001 4:23 AM
You have nothing to fear. I use these chains on both my road and mountain bikes. I can be a notoriously bad shifter on the mountain bike and give the chain a workout, but to date no problems. Keep it clean and lubed, check it periodically for wear(just like all chains), and you may come to believe as I have-that these chains are superior to Shimano.
Urban LegendsCurtis
Apr 18, 2001 4:52 AM
Just had this discussion with the owner of the LBS. He is VERY passionate about the subject and is convinced that Shimano chains are superior.

Having said that, I've heard a lot of "my friend knew a guy..." stories about Powerlink failures, but, having used them on all three of my bikes since their introduction, I feel confident in agreeing with the above posts. I love the convenience. I'm not nearly so passionate about chains as some are; as long as it makes my bike go, lasts a little while and is easy to clean, I'm a happy guy.
gsxrmon t
Apr 18, 2001 9:52 AM
dude. motorcycles use masterlinks, as do every other chain in the world. pedal, boy!
re: Irrational fear of SRAM PowerlinkLC
Apr 18, 2001 11:15 PM
I can't seem to release the "Easy to release" power link. The instructions just say press the links together and push in, then they are supposed to release? Any tricks?
Opening a powerlinkSpoke Wrench
Apr 19, 2001 6:57 AM
Pinch the two side plates toward the middle of the chain and it will open.
Opening Powerlink can be a hassle sometimes...biknben
Apr 19, 2001 7:15 AM
You need to pinch the plates together as mentioned above. As you're doing that push the two pivots together to release the link. It's sometimes difficult to do all a once. I usually jiggle the chain at the same time and it eventually comes undone. An excessively dirty chain may also make this more difficult.
Opening Powerlink can be a hassle sometimes...LC
Apr 19, 2001 12:19 PM
Thanks, I pulled and pushed last night till my fingers bleed. Read those posts this morning and tried it one more time grabing the chain with my whole hands on on each side of the power link and used my thumbs to press in and it came off so easy. Kind of messy with a dirty chain, but it worked.
I've bought my last SRAM PowerLink !That 1 Dude
Apr 19, 2001 7:53 PM
My powerlink went bad on me during tonight's ride. I can't exactly say what happened to the link, but it looks really beat & has a hard time passing thru the derailluer pulleys. The link is not stiff or tight as one would think. I think it is deformed. The chain probably has less than 500 miles on it. There doesn't seem to be many chain brands to choose. I guess I'll be buying a Dura Ace. I've always thought Shimano's nonreusable hyperpin, or whatever they call it, a bad design. I'm open to suggestion folks. My powerlink failed. I'll never recommend them.