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SRAM Power Link(11 posts)

SRAM Power LinkMiklos
Apr 1, 2002 9:43 AM
Copied from the packaging:

The SRAM Power Link connector is designed for use with the following SRAM Power Chains: PC-99, PC-89R, PC69 and PC-59. These chains must be stamped with the SRAM logo. DO NOT attempt to use the SRAM Power Link on chains other than those listed above, or with chains stamped with the Sachs logo. Use of a Power Link Gold with other chains, including SRAM chains not listed above, WILL result in chain failure.

Well, the power link sure fit nicely on my new Shimano HG-93 chain. On a 20 mile ride, it shifted flawlessly, made no strange noises and seemed to act just like any normal chain link. Will this Power Link work just fine on a Shimano chain (as I think it will) or am I blindly heading into impending doom "WILL result in chain failure"?


re: SRAM Power LinkLC
Apr 1, 2002 9:56 AM
Did not work for me on a HG-92. It was just a little too loose and the link would come appart whenever there was not tension on the chain. On a SRAM chain you have to press the links inward to get them to release, but with the HG-92 it would just release just jiggling the chain. Theoretically there should always be tension on the chain, but I would not trust it on the road since wierd stuff always happens eventually and this is not something I would want to take the chance with.
re: SRAM Power Linkbiknben
Apr 1, 2002 10:18 AM
Is there a chance you were using a 8-speed power-link on a 9 speed chain. In that instance the link would be too wide. I've used power-links for a while and it's often a struggle to get them off. I can't imagine one just coming undone on it's own.

I have occasionally used power-link on shimano chains without problems. Sorry no long term experiance. I typically use a Sachs chain with the power-link.
re: SRAM Power LinkSteve_O
Apr 1, 2002 11:45 AM
Here's a good website on how to use the Powerlink. I'm a big fan of Sram chains and the Powerlink. Sometimes when a little grease and grime gets on the chain the Powerlink can be tough to remove because the tolerances are pretty tight. If that is the case use a little WD40 to clean the link then take off that chain!
Apr 1, 2002 6:34 PM
If you look closely you'll see that the way the recessed area is machined you *shouldn't* be able to get it apart without squeezing first. If you get the little slot all gummed up you'll really have a hard time. I usually clean the caked up gunk with a small screw driver. WD-40 works good too and reinforces the concept that it's a better degreaser and penatrating oil than a long lived lubricant.

Power Links rule!

I can't say enough bad things about IRD's design - getting it apart makes the PL child's play.
re: SRAM Power LinkLC
Apr 1, 2002 5:18 PM
The power link I tried on the HG-92 was brand new off of a PC-59. It works fine with the PC-59.
Can you actually seperate a power link with your hands?Alex-in-Evanston
Apr 1, 2002 11:23 AM
I've never been able to. I've got PC-58's (8-speed chain) on all three of my single speed bikes. I remove links all the time when swapping chainring sizes and I've just busted them the old fashioned way.

Apr 1, 2002 12:19 PM
... but I get my hands dirty. Squeeze and slide, and they come apart. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it takes a few trys.
O baby...MeMyselfandI
Apr 1, 2002 1:29 PM
A smooth hand is what you need to get a powerlink apart. Brute force will only get you slapped in the face.
Bit of a trickSpoke Wrench
Apr 1, 2002 4:38 PM
Pinch the links together toward the centerline of the chain before you try to slide the rollers toward one another.
No problems herespeedisgood
Apr 1, 2002 6:19 PM
I've used a Powerlink on my Shimano chains (9 speed Ultegra, DA, and presently 105) for about a year to a year and a half. Absolutely no problems (knock on wood) so far through all sorts of weather, racing, taking the thing apart to clean, etc. The link seems to get a little looser as it wears but it's never just fallen apart, it always takes a little effort.

My take is that SRAM wants you to buy their chains (and the Big S wants you to buy their stoopid little $5 pins.)