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Chain: Dura-Ace or SRAM PC-89R?(10 posts)

Chain: Dura-Ace or SRAM PC-89R?Jefferson
Feb 18, 2002 9:08 AM
I am replacing my Dura-Ace chain and cassette. Any recommendations between the Dura-Ace chain and the SRAM PC-89R 9 spd chain? I have never run SRAM components. I see the SRAM has a quick disconnect for easy removal and cleaning. Is this strong?
SRAM PC-89Rallervite
Feb 18, 2002 9:56 AM
Ran this chain all last year, and never had a problem. It shifts nice and that link comes in handy for cleaning.
SRAM PC-89Rboneman
Feb 18, 2002 10:37 AM
I ran the SRAM chain, DA derailleurs and Ultegra all last year, 5,000 miles, without a problem in fairly wet UK conditions. Still working fine when I replaced it at year end. It definely lasted longer than the DA chain it replaced, under a similar lube and cleaning progrm. Powerlink makes it much easier for frequent chain removal for total immersion in cleaner.
SRAM PC-89R. How did it shift?pa rider
Feb 18, 2002 3:49 PM
I put a SACH chain on my one old bike four years ago because I didn't like shimano chains. It ran ok, but the shifting seemed loader, or hash. I don't have the bike anymore and it was an eight speed. I didn't know if the nine speed have the same problem.

How did the SRAM pc-89r compared. Right now I expecting to buy a new chain every 4000 or 5000. I hate the shimano link method thats why I'm asking.

Any feedback would help.
SRAM PC-89R. How did it shift?boneman
Feb 19, 2002 12:49 AM
I had read posts where people said the shifting wasn't as good as when using a Shimano chain. I did not find that to be true. As long as you have the rear derailleur properly adjusted and you maintain the chain, you shouldn't notice a difference. I also put on a new cassette when I replace the chain.

I been using ProLink lube for the last 3 years which is not necessarily a product endorsement as I blow hot and cold on the stuff. The good part about that particular lube is that it provides some cleaning function as you lube. However, I generally pull the chain off for every other lube and clean it with citrus type cleaner and then reapply the lube. The SRAM powerlink makes this process painless. I usually lube the chain about every 300 miles, depending on conditions.
or pc-99....nmGeof
Feb 18, 2002 3:21 PM
or pc-99....nmboneman
Feb 19, 2002 1:06 AM
I replaced my PC-89 with the 99 after reading their marketing blurb. I only have 500 miles on the chain so it's early days but the 89 shifted as well if not better. Going forward, I'll save my money and get another 89.
Whats the difference 89/99jim hubbard
Feb 19, 2002 9:36 AM
what is the diff? The 89 is surposed to be lighter. So why should I buy one?
Re: Whats the difference 89/99Mike Prince
Feb 19, 2002 10:32 AM
The 89 has slotted side plates, the 99's pins are marketed to be stronger. So, 89 is basically pushed as a road chain, the 99 for MTB use.

Both are fine chains although I find the 89's easier to find and a bit cheaper I believe. I've used both D/A and PC-89 on my bike and can't tell any difference between those as far as performance.
Best of both worlds.Ian
Feb 21, 2002 6:43 AM
Use the Powerlink on the Shimano chain. I have been on both my road bike and mountain bike for the last two years with no problems.