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Campy 10 speed chain life.(8 posts)

Campy 10 speed chain life.Juanmoretime
Apr 2, 2003 2:07 AM
While I'm sure the kind of mileage you get out of your chain depends upon the terrain you ride and your riding style, I was wondering what type of mileage everyone was getting out of this chain?

as long as any....C-40
Apr 2, 2003 6:39 AM
Although the 10 speed chain is narrower on the outside, the rollers are the same width as those of a 9-speed chain. The bushing and pin interface is only about 3% less than a 9 speed chain so there should be little change in the chainlife.

My chains typically measure only about 1/4 of the allowable .5% stretch after 3000 miles.
Question on chain checker readings (sorry for the hijack).......Spunout
Apr 2, 2003 8:45 AM
I measured my C10 chain with the CC2 (Park Tool) and all readings came out at .25%

Great, about 2000km and not a bit of stretch. When would you change? If I have one reading of .50%? .75%?
campy says .5%C-40
Apr 2, 2003 9:21 AM
Campy has a specific dimension published for maximum wear that figures out to be .5%.

Mine never come close to that, but I change annually, or 4000 miles max. I think that side wear deteriorates the shifting enough to justify the change before reaching .5% stretch.
re: Campy 10 speed chain life.Jwh445
Apr 2, 2003 6:54 AM
I have put 3000 miles on mine before hearing a clunk during hard pedaling, maybe I waited too long. No damage to the cassette and I am now logging miles on my new C-10 chain. I use Tri-flow and regularly clean, degrease and relube my chain.

If your getting 3,000 to 4,000 on a chain, what are you......Juanmoretime
Apr 2, 2003 10:11 AM
getting on a Campy 10 speed cassette? Record or Chorus?
If your getting 3,000 to 4,000 on a chain, what are you......Jwh445
Apr 3, 2003 8:19 AM
I have a Record cassette with about 4000 miles so far. No problems and no signs of wear. I will probably change my cassette w/ the next chain (approx 6000 miles) unless there is still no sign of wear (hard to believe). What are others getting from their cassettes? What is the going chain to cassette ratio? 2:1, 3:1, 1:1 And how about the chain to chainring ratio, 5:1, 4:1, 12:1?

re: Campy 10 speed chain life.tarwheel
Apr 3, 2003 6:34 AM
I got 5000 miles on my first C-10 chain but shifting started to deteriorate after about 3500 miles. I probably left it on too long and might have been able to use my cassette longer if I had changed the chain sooner. The C-10 chain seems to wear out side-to-side more than lengthwise. I had mine check at the bike shop 3 days before it broke at just over 5000 miles and the shop said it still had plenty of wear (although I should have known better because it wasn't shifting well.) The masterlink broke while pedaling up hill, and I replaced it then.

I also have tried two Wipperman nickel chains and got very poor wear from them -- about 1500 miles on one chain and 1000 on the second one. The Wipperman chain also prematurely wore out a Chorus cassette, which ain't cheap. However, I really like the Wipperman/Connex link and continue to use one with a Campy 10 chain with no problems. My current C-10 chain has about 2000 miles with a Wipperman link and I will probably replace it at about 2500 miles and hopefully avoid having to replace the cassette.