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SRAM ProLink(15 posts)

SRAM ProLinkmorey
Nov 5, 2001 1:07 PM
With all the comment about weakening a chain upon removal, even though this has not happened to me in 30 years, I am considering the SRAM ProLink. Is it any good? Does anyone have any real life experience with this gizmo?
I'm using oneKristin
Nov 5, 2001 1:44 PM
It was recommended to me by a friend who builds bikes, yada yada yada. But I think its great. Not so much because my chain might become weakened, but because its easy to snap the chain on and off. No chain tool needed. I like it!
Works quite wellMel Erickson
Nov 5, 2001 1:52 PM
I use it on all my chains for convenience. It takes some practice to get the hang of releasing it but once you've got it down it's quite easy. The only hitch I've come across is on my mountain bike chain. I ride on sandy trails and small sand granules can get caught between the plates. This makes it very difficult to compress the plates and release the link. I give my chain a thorough cleaning more often because of the ease of removal. The link has never failed me in thousands of miles on road and trail riding. Is it absolutely necessary? No. Can you do a good job of cleaning your chain without removing it? Yes. It just makes things more convenient.
Using it with Shimano chains? (nm)12x23
Nov 5, 2001 3:14 PM
Nope, SRAM onlyMel Erickson
Nov 5, 2001 4:29 PM
Don't know about use with Shimano chains.
Using it with Shimano chains? (nm)Woof the dog
Nov 5, 2001 5:15 PM
yeah it works fine, these threads show up every 3 months, seems like. And the answer is invariably yes, it is ok to use powerlink with shimano chains. At least 9spd link with 9 speed chains.

Using it with Shimano chains? NOrollo tommassi
Nov 5, 2001 8:05 PM
Powerlinks are designed for specific models of SRAM chains only.
Nov 5, 2001 8:38 PM
I can't believe its not butter. Do you always believe what they tell you? I swear, this is the exact same kind of thread as with tires. Was that Kristin who was insisting upon some dumb mfr. tire claim? Was that the rotational direction or something? Anyhow, I don't remember. Back to SRAM chains. There is a whole bunch of people on this forum who will also assure you that powerlinks work fine on shimano chains. Yes, the link is about .5 (my guess) mm wider but that makes absolutely no difference. The reason is Sram want people to use these great links only with their product. As a matter of fact, shifting may degrade a tiny bit if you use sram chain, because its a tiny bit wider. Using just a powerlink with shimano chains makes shifting a bit better, in my experience. Experience shows its safe. I posted not too long ago asking whether I should replace the powerlink regularly. The concensus seems like they work for a really long time. This link is great for getting my chain clean too. Trust me.


Woof the powerdawg.
Woof...Please do your research first!!!Kristin
Nov 6, 2001 8:36 AM
I don't give a flying *#^%! what direction my tread is facing!!! As a matter of fact, I don't even have tread. And anyway, I don't think giving a cr*p about my tread direction will improve upon my now 15 MPH average. Theres a little known thing on RBR called "the search tool." You should learn to use it!

Heres the link:

Go fetch boy! :-)

*This post was written in good humor. Please do not take offense. But please do use the search tool.

For the record (not Record), my SRAM link works fine on my Campy chain
how to you get those cute doggie photos on your posts?rollo tommassi
Nov 6, 2001 9:03 AM
i think the only people i really don't believe is the pentagon, but for different reasons ;)

there are people who think 8mm cartridges work just fine in 9mm barrels; however, the reccomendation of glock is not the result of marketing hype either. I would suspect the reason sram does this is not for sales but for liability, or perhaps some bizarre engineering logic where sprockets and springs are designed to act synergistically within a whole and may or may not lend themselves to improvisational applications.

the reason front forks have those little 'no-drop out' tabs on the dropouts is because people can't use QR's correctly, not due do some sense of sales opportunity.

oh well, on to more important questions, like, is there a rotational direction to my sram chain? (lol)

thanks for the info woofie!
ohhhhhh...Woof the dog
Nov 6, 2001 7:37 PM
so cute you two. You two wanna cuddle w/ a woof like myself? You can pet me, I let people do that sometimes. Hehe

Pardon, Kristin, maybe it was someone else.

Rollo T., regarding cute doggie photos: you find them on the internet (try, you copy and save them as jpeg or jpg (if I am correct) files onto your harddrive. You can reduce their size in Paint accessory to 600 pixels (just make it small) but make sure they are the right type of files. When posting, click right below the response window, it will ask you to browse for a picture it will upload, I think. Do that, copy the link in red into the little box below your response window. Directions are given there too.

Since I am economy-illiterate (never took a business class and never will...its not my bag), I didn't go into depth on why Sram says to use powerlink only with their chains. Your answer makes more sense. Thank you.

I thought about directional rotation on a chain. When you ride a chain for a while, tiny scratches appear on the lower side of each link due to contacts w/ all the cogs. I guess if you want to preserve original chain position for a reason known only to you, you can waste time figuring out which way does the chain go onto the cogs. Even though I care for my chain life, I don't care much for the above.


Woof the cute doggie-dog.
P.S. do you believe in cheezeburgers and mayo and lettuce?
works fineDA
Nov 6, 2001 5:34 AM
don't believe everything you read, especially marketing hype
Just like software companies--they don't support Campy & ShimanoKristin
Nov 6, 2001 8:45 AM
That fine print means that they are not financially liable for SRAMlink problem's that damage a competitors chain.
re: SRAM ProLinkflying
Nov 5, 2001 10:37 PM
I'm using the Gold one on a Campy Chorus c10 chain.
No problems.
SRAM ProLink and Campy chainstarwheel
Nov 6, 2001 6:21 AM
Any one else have any experience with using SRAM ProLink and Campy 10-speed chains? I'm curious because I think I'll be needing to replace my chain soon but don't to pay the bike shop $100 for a chain, and would rather not spend an extra $60 on a Campy chain tool that I probably would not be able to use correctly anyway.