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Campy Chainjaybird
Jul 5, 2002 8:37 AM
Does anyone have any information on the latest version of the record chain and the tool required to install it. I just bought a new Record 10 chain and none of the shops in the area (Boston) have the right tool to install it and a couple of them have told me that the frickin tool has been recalled. Others told me that the tool was about $160 and they didn't know if they could even get one. Anyone else run into this? I decided to just go with a Whippleman chain that doesnt require a tool at all to remove.
How often do you remove your chain anyway?ColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 9:10 AM
I just have the LBS install it and replace it when it's can do some on-bike cleaning with a toothbrush if needed in the meantime.
How often do you remove your chain anyway?jaybird
Jul 5, 2002 9:31 AM
The main problem is that the shops themselves dont have the tool to install it the way it is supposed to be. This is not the perma-link... The other thing that I found out is that the chain is only recomended for riders 180lbs and less. So a fatass like myself at 210 probably shouldnt ride it anyway...
I weigh 195 and have never had a problem with 'em (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 11:24 AM
weight disclaimer?DaveG
Jul 6, 2002 10:56 AM
where did you find a 180lb weight warning for the chain? There is a general comment at the beginning of every Campy instruction sheet than says something like "if you weigh over 180lbs, please confirm with your mechanic that your Campagnolo components are suitable for your use". I viewed that as standard lawyer-language and probably more geared towards their superlight wheels for which the 180lbs may be a reasonable limit. I have never seen a specific disclaimer for the chain. As for special tools, the new tool costs about $60-70 although I have heard that it is not absolutely needed (Branford Bike has them). I've noticed that the "old" Permalink tool has really dropped in price.
re: Campy Chainflashgj
Jul 5, 2002 10:27 AM
The latest version of record chain does not use a perma-link. It comes with a little guide pin that the chain pin slides onto and then after the pin is pressed into place the guide pin can easily be removed. The manual that comes with the chain says to use a special chain tool sold by Campy, but I just used a good quality chain tool and was very careful to not press the pin in too far leaving a small protrusion as recomended in the manual. The new Campy tool looks like a regular chain tool except for a built in stop to prevent over-inserting the pin.
re: Campy Chainishmael
Jul 5, 2002 11:22 AM
Id never heard the weight requirement, thats retarded. I've recently installed a superlink, there are a lot of these things out there under different names and I think they are mainly the same if not the exact same. No tool required, and intended for 10speed chains. It's been squeeking so far, I'll give it some oil again and see. Other people who use it dont have a problem. Comes on and off as easy as pie whenever you want.
Craig SuperlinkPaulCL
Jul 5, 2002 12:11 PM
I bought three from

I use one in place of the permalink. I keep a spare in my saddle bag. Another spare in the tool box. I put 1000 miles on my first one before I noticed a little 'hiccup', so I replaced it. No problem.
Craig SuperlinkJohnG
Jul 5, 2002 12:34 PM
Only 1K miles before a "hicup". Hmmmmm, sounds like another POS solution.

re: Campy ChainKen
Jul 8, 2002 1:47 PM
Before going with SRAM powerlink (gold) to connect my c10 chain I once put the permalink together using a hammer. When you whack it with the hammer you have to come straight down with the impact. Maybe I was lucky, but I hit it right on the nail and the permalink snapped shut. It really wasn't that hard.