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stupid question(4 posts)

stupid questionhaydensimons
Jun 23, 2002 9:23 AM
Is a 9 speed chain a 9 speed chain? I mean, any difference between sachs, shimano, campy?
re: stupid questionLone Gunman
Jun 23, 2002 11:17 AM
Not really stupid, more like bike industry stupid. There seems to be a smidge difference between a Sram and Shimano. I noticed the difference when I went to a new cassette and Sram chain about a month ago. It works and it is nice to be able to remove the chain for cleaning but it seems that it just is not quite smooth as original shimano 9 speed.

Campy, I understand you are advised to use the $60 chain tool to remove/install so overall function wise I think the sram will function well with campy and shimano, but not quite as well as original. We are speaking of sub fractional differences, sram is a little wider than Shimano and sometimes touches the chainrings/cogs and you hear an occasional ping.
special Campy tool for 10 speed onlyDaveG
Jun 23, 2002 1:30 PM
9 speed Campy chains use standard joining methods. SRAM does not make a 10 speed chain yet (Wipperman & IRD do though). I currently use SRAM on my 9 speed Campy system and it works well. I did not experience any degradation in shifting and it seems slightly quieter.
I have the Sram to replace my Ultegra chain, works fine. nmQubeley
Jun 23, 2002 3:41 PM