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SRAM chains(10 posts)

SRAM chainsmohair_chair
Jan 13, 2003 8:06 AM
It's chain buying time and I'm thinking of giving SRAM a shot. Theres a few models, which is kind of confusing. Only one seems to be for road bikes.

Anyone have any recommendations or caveats? I'm replacing a Dura Ace and an XTR (MTB) chain. XTR used to use the same chain as Ultegra (HG-92, now HG-93), but now on the Shimano website, I see it uses the same chain as Dura Ace!
re: SRAM chainsKeeponTrekkin
Jan 13, 2003 8:23 AM
The SRAM link works for me. No Fiddling with those special DA chain pins, etc.
re: SRAM chainstrout_bum
Jan 13, 2003 8:32 AM
I use a PC-59 on my 9spd Ultegra setup-works great smooth crisp shifts-super easy to take off and clean. For your D/A setup you probably want the higher end PC-89. Note though SRAM chains run slightly wider than Shimano, if you have any chainrub issues.
Tossed my last Shimano years ago...Silverback
Jan 13, 2003 8:30 AM
Way back when they started requiring special pins, I decided that was more complication than I needed. I've used SRAM ever since with no issues.
After breaking a few Shimano MTB chains I switched...biknben
Jan 13, 2003 8:44 AM
I never had issue with Shimano chains on the road but I broke 3 or 4 on the MTB. At one point I switched to SRAM and still haven't had a problem. Eventually, I switched all the bikes to SRAM. They may be SLIGHTLY noisier but not bad.

The ability to quickly remove the chain is nice. Especially when cleaning or doing other drivetrain stuff.
re: SRAM chainsMel Erickson
Jan 13, 2003 8:50 AM
Any SRAM chain number that ends in a 9 will work with a 9 speed setup. Their road specific chains have an R at the end, however, any of their 9 speed chains will work for road or mountain. The lower the number (i.e. PC 49 vs SC 89) the lower on the food chain. They have PC 49, 59, 69, 89 and 99 chains. If you're a weight weenie they have a new hollow pin PC 89R, their top of the line road chain. They have a Powerlink for all their chains and it is a nice feature. I use their chains for all my road and mountain bikes and am very pleased. Let your budget be your guide. Here's a link to their chain matrix:
re: SRAM chainsnetso
Jan 13, 2003 9:35 AM
I threw my Shimano DA chain away and got a Wipperman SS with a Connex link. It is absolutely the best and easiest chain to clean and lube I have ever had.
two ultegra equipped bikes running 89R with no problems (nm)maximum15
Jan 13, 2003 9:47 AM
two ultegra equipped bikes running 89R with no problems (nm)JFST
Jan 13, 2003 10:23 AM
I used SRAM for a long time but went back to Shimano Dura Ace chains. Even though they seem to wear out slightly quicker the shifting never felt quite as crisp and clean on the SRAM chains as it did on the Shimano ones, probably due to the SRAM plates being thicker. I rarely use the shimano special pin though. I just use a powerlink on Shimano chains and it works just perfect. Installed correctly the special pin will not give any problems anyway.
I'll cast a dissenting vote.Uncle Tim
Jan 13, 2003 10:36 AM
I went through on SRAM PC89 chain, which I installed with a new Ultegra cassette (running on Ultegra crank and rings). I won't say that performance was terrible, but it always ran noisier than I was used to and frequently sounded like it was running with no lube, despite the fact that I cleaned it often and lubed it properly.

When I went back to an Ultegra chain, the change was noticably for the better.

I am a big fan of the power link, though. That's they way it ought to be. But as others note, you can simply slip that in on your Ultegra or DA chain (I've never done that).

The speical Shimano replacement pins are a pain, but they make good, strong links when you do it right.