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Mavic Ten Speed Chains......(6 posts)

Mavic Ten Speed Chains......DINOSAUR
Dec 20, 2003 11:56 AM
I visited my LBS yesterday to purchase a new Wipperman stainless steel chain. They were out of stock and my options were (other than getting on the internet): a Campy ten or Mavic Ten. I guess Mavic is now on the band wagon and added chains to their component group. The guy at my LBS thought that Wipperman made the Mavic chains. It has the same Connex Link and laying the chains side by side it appears to be the same design as the Wipperman. The price was right ($36.00) but they did not know if it was stainless steel. A magnet would not adhere to it. The instruction book that came with the chain, did not state and Mavic does not list chains on their website. I checked a couple of internet bike shops and Excel Sports sells a Mavic Ten nickel chain for $34.95 and no other options, so I'm thinking it's a nickel chain. I installed it on my bike and it functions fine, better than the stainless steel and comparable to the Campy Ten's I was using in the past.

My question (s) are: Does anyone know if Wipperman in fact makes Mavic chains, and how could I tell if it is stainless steel or nickel? I'm just wondering as to the durability of the nickel chains.

Stainless is non-magneticunobtainium
Dec 20, 2003 1:27 PM
Stainless is non-magneticcurlybike
Dec 20, 2003 8:16 PM
As a machinist that has worked with many different grades of stainless steel, I can say emphatically there are some grades of stainless that will be attracted to a magnet. Not all are non-magnetic.
They are made by WippermanSchvonzie
Dec 20, 2003 3:39 PM
Nickel is just the plating, the chain is steel or stainless (nm)Kerry Irons
Dec 20, 2003 6:46 PM
Upon closer examination...DINOSAUR
Dec 20, 2003 11:29 PM
It appears to be steel and the rollers are Teflon coated. Which means this is a cross between a Wipperman and a IRD Black Magic. It runs very smooth, smoother than the Wipperman stainless and the Campy Ultra Drive the Wipperman replaced.......