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New style Campag 10 speed chain(17 posts)

New style Campag 10 speed chainridleyrider
May 4, 2003 10:11 AM
Ok, so this chain comes with a stupid little joining pin that you need a special (and expensive) tool to get in properly.

I needed to shorten the chain before fitting it so, after getting fed up with trying to fit the joining pin with a normal chain tool and not being prepared to fork out £40UK for a tool I'll hardly use, I just took out a few links and joined the chain the normal way (i.e as you would with a normal chain -just push the existing joining pin out, take out a couple of links and then push the joining pin back in).

Is this going to cause me problems? It appears ok but I have yet to test it. Thought I would ask what I can expect!


Zinn On Your Campy Chain....Bixe
May 4, 2003 12:15 PM
Zinn On Your Campy Chain....ridleyrider
May 4, 2003 1:15 PM
Ok so it seems I may have weakened my chain:-(

What would you do - buy a new chain and the correct tool?
Thats £60UK+

Zinn On Your Campy Chain....kenyonCycleist
May 4, 2003 6:41 PM
Besides the pin, the new Campy system requires the mechanic to ensure that the assembly pin is installed only into virgin plate holes. One end of the chain has a zip tie through virgin end holes with the instruction that the chain is only to be shortened from the other end.

hehe..according to this article he just $^#$#$#ed his chain
expect problems....C-40
May 4, 2003 1:14 PM
The new pin can be installed with an ordinary chain tool if you are careful.

Although there are folks who have got by with connecting a campy 10 chain in the normal manner, it is not wise to do. The reason is the 10 speed pins are flush with the sideplates and heavy peening is applied to the ends of the pins, after assembly, to hold the pins in place. If a pin is removed, the peening is removed as the pin is pushed through the sideplate, leaving nothing but a light press fit to hold the pin in place, when it's reconnected.

Now that you've joined your chain in the normal manner, there's no way to tell which link has the marginal pin. If it comes apart, then you will know.

The best idea is to purchase a wipperman connex link which allows the chain to be joined without tools.
Just buy the tool!the bull
May 4, 2003 2:43 PM
It works very nice.Plus mine came with a new pin so there!
I did how ever get one of those connex links for 911!
Buy a connex 10sp link,best thing to connect your 10sp chain! nmBill J Pappas
May 4, 2003 3:26 PM
next best thing!the bull
May 4, 2003 5:16 PM
The best thing in my opinion is to do it exactaly like campy wants!!!!
next best thing!russw19
May 4, 2003 6:33 PM
Exactly! Thanks for saying that Bull.... nobody wants to hear it, but it's true. Everyone agrees Campy builds that very best of bike components, but they all think it's a crock that they say to join their chain in this manner. They know something we don't fellas, they designed the chain. Trust them on how to join it.

re: New style Campag 10 speed chainmackgoo
May 5, 2003 6:11 AM
Get a super link and be done with it.
I did it with my plain old Park chain toolterry b
May 5, 2003 7:21 AM
The fancy Campy tool only appears to add a couple of pins that hold the ends of the chain together. I have done three of these chains (including a double splice repair) by taking the chain off of the chain rings (creating a lot of slack in the chain) and carefully pushing the pin in from the backside (per instructions.) If you follow the Campy instructions (closing the chain while on the cogs and rings) it is very hard to do.
I have done it both ways.the bull
May 5, 2003 8:31 AM
The campy tool is worth every penny.
It pushes the pin in like a hot knife through butter!
If you do it the wrong way with park tool your weakening the pin.Personally I could care less what you do to your chain because you are miles away and when you wreck you bike sprinting out of a corner and take out half the pack because your chain breaks I wont be there-or will I!
One word.........Connexcycleaddict
May 5, 2003 10:33 AM
Picture is worth a thousand words!the bull
May 5, 2003 2:27 PM
I thought I was a campyphile...seyboro
May 5, 2003 6:36 PM
...but getting naked with the special tool has gotten me beat by a street!
Picture is worth a thousand words!Cat 4 boy
May 7, 2003 2:22 PM
And don't you just love that Campag machine oil they cover that "tool" with (g)...............careful now ;)
Hey congrats on that race!the bull
May 7, 2003 2:31 PM
Hard to do in the 4's!
Now you can be Cat 3 boy!