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C-10 chain, 5000 miles and going strong ...(9 posts)

C-10 chain, 5000 miles and going strong ...bianchi boy
Apr 24, 2002 7:05 PM
For all the negative stuff I've heard about the Campy 10 chains, I keep wondering what I'm doing right. I had my chain checked in January at 3500 miles, and again today at 5000 miles, and my bike shop says it's still got plenty of wear left in it. They say it looks perhaps half worn and no need to replace it yet. I had been considering replacing it with a Wipperman chain, but now I'm thinking I might just leave well enough alone and get another C-10 when it wears out.
Lots of variablesgrandemamou
Apr 25, 2002 3:20 AM
There are lots of variables that determine chain life. There is no one correct mileage number.
Maintenance- If you keep it clean and well lubed it will last longer.
Rider- If your a large rider producing alot of power you'll wear out a chain faster.
Terrain- If your a flatlander making minimal shifts you will probably get more miles.
Style- Are you racing or touring. The stress of racing and shifting under load will wear a chain out faster.

FWIW I'm a lighter rider,who does race, live in a fairly flat area and keep my drivetrain immaculate. I changed my chain at 4k. It had minimal stretch and probably had more miles left in it. The reason I changed was that I did not trust the Permalink. I've heard of too many problems on too many message boards for it to be a rumor.

I went the Wipperman route. It works fine and I can take it off any time I want to. I don't think people have a problem the chain. The beef is with the Permalink. I would not hesitate to get another Campy chain sans Permalink.
Ditch the Permalink!KurtVF
Apr 25, 2002 6:25 AM
For $8 you can get a SuperLink III from Branford Bike.
re: C-10 chain, 5000 miles and going strong ...DKF
Apr 25, 2002 3:52 AM
Is your chain connected with a Perma-Link? My chains have never been beyond their tolerances but the Perma-Link begins to fail (becomes loose) around 2500 miles. I just recently ordered a Craig and a Connex connector which I'll try on the next chain.
re: C-10 chain, 5000 miles and going strong ...koala
Apr 25, 2002 4:16 AM
Seems you should be wearing your cogs by now. What are you lubing with, love to know so I can get these miles from my C-10 as well.
Apr 25, 2002 11:03 AM
I use Prolink lube, and I clean my chain fairly thoroughly about once a month or more. Wipe it down after most rides. I am a spinner, not a masher, but there are a lot of hills where I ride and I am no light-weight (185#). The cassette cogs look fine.
wear and tearKerry
Apr 25, 2002 4:16 PM
On my last C-9 chain/steel cassette, it was just about 12K miles when it reached the 0.5% elongation spec. The cogs and chain wear together - the cogs don't wear out faster than the chain, or vice versa. They can't: as they are meshing together, they're wearing together. I weigh 180, spin at 90-95 rpm, ride mostly flat terrain, and wipe/lube/wipe the chain every 300-350 miles.
I have 5.3K on mine...jimijoe
Apr 25, 2002 8:17 AM
I have 5.2K on mine. I whipe it down and lube it about every 100 miles. But, at about the 3K mark I was on a ride when suddenly ..SNAP! I broke my chain... Luckly I was just up the block from a bike store. They said the Permalink broke and they removed it (somehow). Since then its been great. I am light weight (135lbs) and try to spin alot, However I live in the hills so I am constantly changes gears.

I want to replace my chain in the next couple weeks.... But I am not sure what to use...
That will be my nest post....
ditto on the long life of C10 chains.JohnG
Apr 26, 2002 6:06 AM
However, DON'T use a PL for more than 3K miles!!! Better yet, just don't us a PL.