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SRAM for Dura-Ace?(7 posts)

SRAM for Dura-Ace?spinner54
Jul 1, 2001 3:59 PM
I am due for a chain replacement (using the stock Dura-Ace) and I want to try SRAM this time around because I want the powerlink on my road bike. The powerlink has held up well on the MTB and I am assuming it should work well on the road. Any opinions on the PC-89R vs the PC-99? The SRAM webpage doesn't give much info on the distinctions of each. Thanks in advance.
re: SRAM for Dura-Ace?aero bottle
Jul 2, 2001 12:53 AM
I dont know the difference between those two chains but I have been using the PC-89R's with power link for a couple years. SRAM bought Sachs a couple years back and sachs always made good chains.
re: SRAM for Dura-Ace?th1
Jul 2, 2001 6:52 AM
I have used both and I can say that nothing shifts as well as the Dura Ace chain on the FA drive train. I use SRAM on my MTB and like it but the road bike I suggest you stick with the DA.
how about links?yapsaw
Jul 3, 2001 9:05 AM
Is there any aftermarket links like taya or kmc so that maintenance will be easier with the DA chain? Performance is great with the DA and I don't want to change..for now.
re: SRAM for Dura-Ace?veloboy
Jul 3, 2001 1:54 PM
I have gone totally SRAM. I have always preferred Sachs over Shimano chains for ease anyway. I have even used the PC-69 without any problems. I run Dura ace 9 speed on my road bike, Dura-ace, XT with an ultegra cassette on my cross bike and XT on my moutain bike.

I recently overhauled a freinds bike with '97 vintage Campy chorus and record 9-speed, used a PC-69 chain and it works great.

Good luck
Ditto, VeloboySlow Ned
Jul 5, 2001 10:02 PM
I, too, am a total SRAM convert due to ease of installation and removal. I have run both Dura Ace and SRAM chains on my 9spd, and I can't tell any difference. Any differences noted by other contributors is likely subjective and perceived (which matters to the rider, I suppose), but unlikely to be backed-up by hard data proving that the DA chain outperforms SRAM.

Shimano recommends that their chains be used exclusively, which tells me that they want you to cast your dollar vote for their stuff. In my experience, a chain is a chain as long as it's dedicated 7, 8 or 9spd (i.e. not a 10 spd chain on an 8 spd drivetrain). You can also use SRAM chains on Campy drivetrains as well. Why not Campy chains on Shimano drivetrains?
Go with a PC-89RFoster
Jul 6, 2001 3:09 PM
I think the PC-89R is slightly lighter than the PC-99R, not that weight really matters but I've found that the 89 is usually a lot cheaper than the 99. I've had great success with Sachs chains. I've broken several Shimano chains but I've yet to break a Sachs. The Powerlink is a plus also.