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Third-party 10-speed chains?(13 posts)

Third-party 10-speed chains?Velocipedio
Oct 16, 2001 2:04 PM
I've heard rumours of companies like Rohloff and SRAM introducing Campy-compatible 10-speed chains. Anyone know about this? I love my 10-speed, but at $55 [cdn], it's a mighty pricey chain...
re: Third-party 10-speed chains?grzy
Oct 16, 2001 3:56 PM
I've had great luck with SRAM chainson both road and MTB applications, but I run Shimano 8 and 9 speed - not Campy ten. I have NOT had good luck with IRD chains - their version of the power link doesn't work well - it reults in a very tight link.
re: Third-party 10-speed chains?JohnG
Oct 16, 2001 4:57 PM
C10 chains can be bought for $30 (or less) US from many vendors. That doesn't seem like a "... pricey chain" to me. The C10 chain is an excellent product and will last 6,000+ miles if you maintenance it properly. That works out to 1/2 cent per mile.... quite a bit less than I spend on tires.


Oh, don't use the PL unless you feel real lucky.
re: Third-party 10-speed chains?Velocipedio
Oct 16, 2001 5:50 PM
$30 US = $48 Cdn. Plus shiupping, plus duty, Plus duty handling fee... That's in the neighbourhood of $65 if you order one from the US.
re: Third-party 10-speed chains?JohnG
Oct 16, 2001 8:41 PM
maybe you could come up with even a more absurd example if you really tried.

re: Third-party 10-speed chains?Velocipedio
Oct 17, 2001 2:22 AM
Absurd example of what? It's simple math. Let me walk you through this... If an item [in this case, a chain] costs $30 US, that's $46.91 by today's conversion rate... Assuming $7.00 US shipping to Canada [a pretty standard rate], that's $10.95... this item is not covered under the Free Trade Agreement, so there'll be at least $5 duty if the curoms guys are awake [50% chance that they are] and $5 more for a customs processing charge, even if there is no duty.

$46.91 + $10.95 + $5 + $5 = $67.86 Canadian

Forgive me, but that seems like an awful lot to pay for a chain. Admittedly, I can get one locally for considerably less, but the post that you found so absurd was meant simply to demonstrate that ordering from the US, in this case, was not a viable option.
re: Third-party 10-speed chains?Brit Racer
Oct 17, 2001 3:26 AM
I've been using Campag Chorus 10 for almost a year now with a lot of miles and right from the start have been using a Dura Ace 9 speed chain, on the recommendation from my LBS. It works just as well as the 'proper' campag chain, shifting's unaffected and I've had no problems.

Another friend of mine took up on this and fitted a 9speed Sachs/Sedis/SRAM (whichever they're called now) PC89(I think) chain and that worked fine too. Much cheaper than the Campag one and easily split/re-joined without special pins, etc.
Shimano/Sachs/other 9s chains on 10sTJeanloz
Oct 17, 2001 10:13 AM
About this time last year I did quite a bit of experimentation with different chains on the Campy 10speed set up. Some of my customers were having great luck with Dura-Ace and Sachs chains, others were not. The final analysis was that the Dura-Ace chain worked very well on the cassettes that were more spread out (like the 12-26), and didn't perform up to par on the tight ratios.
Shimano/Sachs/other 9s chains on 10sBrit Racer
Oct 18, 2001 1:19 AM
Interesting but my experience goes against that:

I've been using an 11-23 block which is very close ratio (11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-23) and had no problems... IIRC that's the closest set of ratios possible - campag don't do a 12-21, 11-21 or 12-23.
Oct 18, 2001 7:32 AM
When we tried a Shimano chain on that ratio, it would get hung up on the 16 when it was supposed to be on the 15- that was the only gear that was really a problem. It could also have to do with the length of the chainstay- which would minutely (but enough) alter the angle that the chain goes from the chainring to the cassette.
re: Third-party 10-speed chains?cyclequip
Oct 17, 2001 4:47 AM
The local Campy agent advises a Shimano DA 9spd chain or the SRAM equivalent.
Check out WippermanJS
Oct 17, 2001 3:12 PM
This is an article about their new Campy 10sp chain, heck you can even get it in stainless.

re: Third-party 10-speed chains?flying
Oct 17, 2001 9:12 PM
I dont know if this is any indication that the SRAM will work but......
I use a SRAM 9 gold master link on my c-10 chain instead of the permalink & it works fine. ( campy Chorus 10speed )