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DuraAce chain VS SRAM PC89R?(8 posts)

DuraAce chain VS SRAM PC89R?sodade
Apr 1, 2002 8:56 AM
I have a PC89R and I like the fact that it is easy to get on and off (despite Zinn's claims to the contrary), but I am wondering if the Shimano chain would perform better? They are also 10$ cheaper. There are very few reviews to go by, so I am wondering if all of you DuraAce users could tell me what you use and why.

re: DuraAce chain VS SRAM PC89R?Jekyll
Apr 1, 2002 9:48 AM
I've slowly switched from Shimano to Sram on all of my bikes with great results. I hate chain cleaners and the power link is great for chain cleaning - pop the chain, clean it in a tray, dry, install, wax. The Sram chain is at least as quite and smooth as the Shimano D/A chain. Durability has not been an issue either.
re: DuraAce chain VS SRAM PC89R?Mike Prince
Apr 1, 2002 10:40 AM
Have used both and am on a PC-89R right now. Usually depends on what the LBS has in stock when it's new chain time. I leave the chain on the bike for cleaning, but still like the powerlink better as I'm able to easily remove the chain when/if I need to. Not a big fan of the Shimano pins either. But you won't notice much if any difference in performance or noise between the two.
re: DuraAce chain VS SRAM PC89R?Chen2
Apr 1, 2002 11:26 AM
I still have the original Dura-Ace chain on my primary bike after more than 7000 mi and it measures out just like a new one. It stays shiney and clean and I've never had it off of the bike. All I do is clean it with a rag once a week.
re: DuraAce chain VS SRAM PC89R?Bennnny
Apr 2, 2002 8:38 PM
Hi here's the best thing to do

1- Buy a powerlink from sram and put it on your d/a chain
2- If cannot buy the powerlink, buy a pc89 wear it out and re-use the link on a D/A chain

Because the D/A chain is a bit better than a SRAM chain but only the D/A.
re: Can you clarify...Mike Prince
Apr 3, 2002 5:03 AM
Exactly what is "a bit better" about the D/A chain over the SRAM? Not trying to start anything just curious where you get this data from.

re: Clarifying.....Bennnny
Apr 3, 2002 7:20 PM
I've been working as a bike tech for about 12 years now and i've tried myself almost every kind of chain on MTB's and on road bikes, and one of the toughtest chain between the SRAM and the D/A is the D/A.

I've got a lot of clients that rides with D/A and it's amazing how long those chain can last. Almost twice the time of an ultegra.

But any other chain of the big S company is not stronger than sram chain, and for almost the same price you get better quality in the SRAM chains. By the way, some of the new chains of shimano are now made by KMC Taiwan.

If you ever want to test one tough chain on shimano 8's drivetrain, try the c-9 from campy. Maybe not as smooth but very tough.

Sorry for my english, I'm french.
Go with the DAspeedisgood
Apr 1, 2002 6:45 PM
I have used DA (and Ultegra and 105) 9 speed chains connected with the Powerlink with great success. See the thread on this topic in the General section.

Plus, I got a few cheap spares from Nashbar (about $13 for a DA chain.) Dunno if the chains are still on sale. Order $75 and then use the "LA02" (that's a zero) couopon code--good till April 2nd, allegedly.

I don't prefer DA over the PC89 but for the price.