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anyone else ever snapped a wipperman chain ??(6 posts)

anyone else ever snapped a wipperman chain ??InTheMiddle
Jul 20, 2003 1:39 PM
I've been riding shimano chains for years and years... and after reading many good reviews, as well as hearing good things in person from a couple users, I threw a stainless steel wipperman on two of my bikes.... one is up to a few hundred miles and i love it....

then today... one with only about 100 miles on it snapped while i was riding across the street after a race... (thankfully it wasn't just a bit earlier during the race)...

Really, I have heard nothing but good about these... did I just get a one in a million defective one ? or are there strength issues ??

Any feedback would be appreciated..

re: anyone else ever snapped a wipperman chain ??InTheMiddle
Jul 20, 2003 1:40 PM
btw... it was a normal link that snapped...NOT the connector link...
Sounds like you got a defective oneKerry Irons
Jul 20, 2003 5:29 PM
The repuation of Wipperman is generally good, though many would say that they don't shift as well as the factory brands. Breakage has not been widely reported. It would be interesting to hear how it broke: pin pulled out, side plate failure, other?
Sounds like you got a defective oneInTheMiddle
Jul 20, 2003 5:58 PM
for me it was shifting fine.... i was just crossing the street... sorta high gear.. trying to accelerate sorta quickly... but not too fast... (after all i wasn't going that far)

not sure what happened exactly... what I saw of the chain was afterward was 1 missing pin and one missing side plate ... so not sure which would have broken first... I wasn't really able to go back and look for the other pieces...... i would almost guess the two pieces are still attatched to each other... and it was probably the joint between a side plate and pin that was actually the problem...

i'm hoping to hear from lots of people saying they have thousands of miles on lots of wipperman chains... I have another on the shelf... but without more feedback I don't know whether it's best to put it on, or just go back to DA chains...

thanks everyone
re: anyone else ever snapped a wipperman chain ??tarwheel
Jul 22, 2003 10:36 AM
I bought two Wipperman 10-speed nickel chains last summer and was very disappointed with the wear. I didn't have any breakage but one chair wore out in about 1500 miles and the other in about 1000 miles. The second chain was significantly more stretched after 1000 miles than my original Campy chain was after 5000 miles. I've gone back to using Campy/Shimano chains but continue to use the Wipperman/Connex links, which have worked flawlessly.

BTW, I have heard of others snapping the Wipperman/Connex connecting links, but these may have been cases where they were incorrectly installed. If you don't follow or read the directions, it would be easy to install the link backwards, which will result in chain failure. Sounds like that wasnt' your problem, though.
re: anyone else ever snapped a wipperman chain ??Dougyowougy
Jul 22, 2003 12:23 PM
I had a stainless one snap after about 2680 miles. I was going up small grade in a lower gear when it
happened. The side sideplates pulled apart in the middle. The connector did not fail. I have left it outside
for several months to see what it would look like and the plates do not show rust but the pins have a
an orangish stain showing. I have been using the connector with an Sram chain.