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Wippermann SS vs Campy R 10 chain review(5 posts)

Wippermann SS vs Campy R 10 chain reviewMGS
Mar 31, 2003 4:43 PM
Last season I purchased a new bike with C Record components and requested the Wippermann SS chain. I used it all last season and decided to change to the C Record chain which I installed this weekend.

Just back from a hard two hour ride, and I felt the C Record chain was quieter and smoother in the shifts. I noticed a little chain chatter with the Wippermann, not enough to ever think about as the bike was a new setup and I assumed this was the normal noise of the components for this bike.

Now with the C-Record chain, I can appreciate a subtle change in the noise level from the chain. Definitely quieter, and shifts seem ever so slightly crisper. I always had a little trouble shifting from the low to high gear in the front chain ring, having to overshift to get the chain to engage. With the C Record chain, no shifting problem.

Maybe it can be ascribed to the new chain, but the Wippermann seemed to have the characteristics described from the beginning.

Overall, the Wippermann shifted well, and fully compatible with the C Record setup, but not quite as smooth or quiet.

Just my two cents.
same finding...C-40
Mar 31, 2003 7:18 PM
I tried a Wipperman 10 speed stainless chain last year and immediately noticed that it was noisy. Only used it for 400 miles before changing back to a Campy 10 chain.
re: Wippermann SS vs Campy R 10 chain reviewrogue_CT1
Mar 31, 2003 11:10 PM
I didn't notice any difference at all between the two chains. What cassettes are you running? I don't know if it makes a difference or not but when I changed to the Wipperman chain I also switched to a full Ti cassette instead of the steel/Ti I had been using with the Campy chain.
it's in the design...C-40
Apr 1, 2003 6:12 AM
Take a look at the sideplates of the wipperman chain. The plates do not have the more extreme hourglass shape that the campy sideplates have, or the same chamfering on the edges.

Cassette material should not have any effect, both steel and Ti cogs are shaped exactly the same.
After market gizmospmf1
Apr 3, 2003 6:57 AM
After trying almost every after market gizmo over the years (pulleys, cassettes, chain rings, brake pads, cable housing ... I'm sure there's more), I've concluded its best just to buy the Campy or Shimano part because the alternative is usually no cheaper and doesn't work as well.

Unfortunately for Wipperman, their $50 chain came out after I came to this conclusion.