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noisy wipperman stainless chain....(5 posts)

noisy wipperman stainless chain....C-40
Jun 2, 2002 10:48 AM
I've been using the Wipperman 10 speed stainless steel chain for the last 400 miles. Although it shifts great, I've always thought it was noisier than a Campy 10 chain. The chain even transmits a noticeable vibration when shifted to the big ring and the 8th or 9th (large) cogs.

The wipperman chain has exactly the same width (inside and outside) as the campy chain, but the shape of the Wipperman sideplates is a lot different than Campy's. The Campy side plates are a lot narrower in the middle (hourglass shaped) and they are chamfered around both ends. I suspect that this difference accounts for much of the noise.

I swithched back to a Campy 10 chain, joined with the Wipperman "Connex" link, and immediately noticed that the chain was smoother and quieter.
my noisy wipperman stainless chain....weiwentg
Jun 2, 2002 11:12 AM
my wipperman doesn't quite shift as smoothly as my friend's DA chain. but I don't care :)
re: noisy wipperman stainless chain....Dirk Lenart
Jun 6, 2002 7:23 AM
Had the same problem with a Wippermann for my XT cassette. Went back to Ultegra chain but kept the great Wippermann link to join the chain. Great combo!
So, I'd suggest you just keep your latest setup. Campy with Wippermann link.
mine was but got quieterDougSloan
Jun 6, 2002 7:48 AM
Mine started that way. I oiled it well, and after about 500 miles it is as quiet as any.

Doug
another Wipperman totally silentDougSloan
Jun 7, 2002 5:44 AM
I put my Campy Record 10 triple components on my EV2, my "climbing bike." I rode it for the first time last night (105 degrees, but that's another story), with a brand spanking new Wipperman stainless chain.

The drive train was absolutely silent. I've never heard a chain that quiet. It also shifted fine. I had just oiled it once with Triflow.

Just another anecdotal account...

Doug