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SRAM Powerlink - Shimano compatible?(5 posts)

SRAM Powerlink - Shimano compatible?rockbender
Mar 18, 2003 9:38 AM
I recently replaced my CX bike chain with a PC59 with the powerlink. What a great idea! It is going to be so nice to be able to easily pop the chain off and clean it after wallowing around in the yuck.

Does anyone know if you can use the link itself with a Shimano chain? I've got a couple Shimano chains with a little life left in them and figure this would be a nice upgrade to keep them rolling a bit longer.

re: SRAM Powerlink - Shimano compatible?Rusty Coggs
Mar 18, 2003 10:12 AM
9 speed sram links work with shimano 9 speed chains.Shimano 8 speed chains are too wide for 8 speed sram links.
re: Kind of...HillRepeater
Mar 18, 2003 10:52 AM
Shimano 9 speed chains are slighty more narrow than SRAM 9 speed chains, so the link fits with more play. You'll likely have no problem running that setup, but it likely won't be as secure as running the link with a SRAM chain.
Mar 18, 2003 11:10 AM
it also seems that the link would be a no-brainer addition to the seat bag as well to assist in roadside repairs.

I think I'll give it a try!
A Powerlink II (old model) works with Shimano perfectekdave
Mar 18, 2003 11:49 AM
the powerlink II (the first of the 9spd links, before the powerlink Gold link) works perfect. Its a better fir than the newest 9spd powerlink (the Gold model)

Ive used them with Shimano 9spd for 3 yrs now. Not one problem.

I used a newer "Gold" 9spd powerlink and had it pop apart within 3 shifts.

SRAM will tell you it is not possible and highly un-advisable. I cant blame them given our lawyer-happy world.