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Running 10 speed chain w/powerlink(9 posts)

Running 10 speed chain w/powerlinkshylock
Sep 19, 2001 9:10 AM
So, I took the advice from a couple of you to try running a 9 speed SRAM powerlink in place of the permalink on my campy 10 speed chain. I'm very impressed so far. However, it looks as if the clearance between the outside of the chain and the next cog over is rather tight. Are any of you who are using the powerlink aware of any signs of premature cog wear brought on my chain rub? I'm not noticing any real rub, but wonder if there is some under severe torque that will go undetected until it is too late. I would hate for this to lead to premature cog wear.


Feel the gin
re: Running 10 speed chain w/powerlinkCliff Oates
Sep 19, 2001 4:06 PM
I have not read of any concerns along those lines. I would think the added width (0.7mm) of the powerlink would immediately manifest itself in degraded shifting or a ticking noise if there was excessive contact between it and the cogs.
Well, I occasionally feel....shylock
Sep 19, 2001 6:44 PM
....a very VERY slight click. and when backpedaling in certain cog/chainring combos with the bike in the stand, there is a little eency weency kerchunk, but that's it. I'm certainly alot happier now, regardless of this minor gripe. Thanks for the input.

Have you tried to put anything in the powerlink to eliminate the added play in the plates?
As I understand from SRAM....Cima Coppi
Sep 20, 2001 5:26 AM
They will be releasing a narrower Powerlink chain in 2002 to work specifically with the Campy 10 drivetrain. Personally, I cannot wait!! I have always used Sachs (now SRAM) chains until my new bike arrived, and I have never had a break or any other problems with them. They are great products.

re: Running 10 speed chain w/powerlinkflybyvine
Sep 21, 2001 2:55 AM
I have finally used the 10sp link from Craig / Forster. No problems so far & no worries about excess play. I picked them up from Branford but have heard that they are out of them already.
re: Running 10 speed chain w/powerlinkcyclequip
Sep 21, 2001 3:48 AM
How's this for heresy: I've got it on good authority from a Campy wholesaler that the best chain to use on the 10 spd is a Shimano Dura Ace 9spd chain.
Hilarious! Can't say....Shylock
Sep 21, 2001 5:29 AM
....I'm all that incredulous. The only issue I'm having with the 9speed powelink is that it is slightly wider and thus has some lateral slop. but it fits between the cogs with room to spare.

I'd love to hear someone else chime in on the Dura Ace thing -- although, I ain't terribly keen on Shimano chains either. Those pins, while cheap, are pretty worthless.

Feel the gin
I can't find the email any longer...Cliff Oates
Sep 21, 2001 6:27 AM
But I had an email exchange with Peter Chisholm (co-owner of Vecchios in Boulder and one of the Campy gurus over in about chains and permalink alternatives a year or so ago. He specifically indicated that Shimano chains do not shift as well on Campy cassettes as Campy chains. That may have changed this year since Shimano's Hyperglide patents apparently expired, and I have read this was the impetus behind Campy's introduction of the new Ultra Drive chain/cog design.
Dura-ace better?randy
Sep 21, 2001 3:03 PM
Ive tried both a Dura-ace and a sachs chain. I think the Dura-ace shifts better(faster). The sachs chain is a fair amount thicker that than a shimano. I'll love campy (except their chains :) Shimano chains are cheap, quite and shift well.