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How many miles do you get out of your chain?(14 posts)

How many miles do you get out of your chain?cw05
Feb 18, 2003 6:11 PM
How many miles do you get out of your chain? What 9spd. Shimano-compatible chains have people had good experience with? Also, anyone with any experience with the Wipperman chains? I just broke my second Ultegra chain today and am done with Shimano chains. Thanks for any feedback.
re: How many miles do you get out of your chain?merckx56
Feb 18, 2003 6:21 PM
I get between 1500 and 1700 miles before changing. It saves having to buy cassettes. I only ride Dura-Ace and have only broken one in my five years of riding 9 speed stuff, and I think that was because the mech at the LBS is a complete hack and installed it incorrectly. I now install my own and have had NO probs.
I also adhere to the idea of never breaking the chain unless I'm going to install a new one!
This may sound crazy, but...hammer_cycle
Feb 18, 2003 7:40 PM
I've gotten as much as 8k miles on my Dura Ace chains without any problems of wear on the cassette. Granted, I clean and lube the chain frequently and I have 4 cassettes that I rotate from time to time, but the 'stretch' of the chain and the general condition of how it felt seemed fine to me. Changing a chain on the 'recommended' interval of 1200-1500 miles will force me to go bankrupt! That could easily be as much as a new chain every 4 weeks of riding in the warmer days...
This may sound crazy, but...astrobiker
Feb 18, 2003 8:37 PM
Glad to hear you say this - I have been feeling guilty/nervous about putting 5500 on my 105 chain. I have been checking it occasionally with a Parks measuring tool and it just went over the limit so I changed it. Cassette seems fine, just had a complementary LBS check up and came out fine. Still proably too long, but we'll see how this one holds up.
New 9sp chain every 1500 mi.Snyder
Feb 18, 2003 8:32 PM
I once let it ride to 4k and had to replace the cassette. I think it is about the same price, if I let it go 4500 - 5000 mi, and change chain and cass.; or change chain every 1500. Only problem is the chain starts to skip for me after about 3000 mi..
I've never wanted to find outgtx
Feb 18, 2003 8:35 PM
Chains are the one thing I replace before they're worn out. That's cheap insurance for everything else they touch. So I tend to replace mine every 2000 miles or so. I love Shimano, but I hate their chains. I've always ridden Sedisport/Sachs/SRAM chains. And in almost 20 years of road/mtb/cross I've never broken a chain.
SRAM questionstarwheel
Feb 19, 2003 8:20 AM
What SRAM chain is equivalent to Ultegra and/or DuraAce? I have considered buying a SRAM but I am confused by their different types of chains. Also, is it OK to use a SRAM connector with a Shimano chain? The SRAM link I looked at had explicit directions not to use with any other make of chain -- saying the link WILL FAIL if used with another make.
SRAM answersmohair_chair
Feb 19, 2003 8:59 AM
SRAM confuses things with all the models they have, but they only have one "road" chain, PC-89R. In typical SRAM "overload the buyer" fashion, they now have two version of this model: the regular one and a "hollow pin" version that saves you 20 grams.

The reality is that any of their 9 speed chains (the model numbers that end in 9) should work on any Shimano 9 speed system, road or MTB. Even Shimano now specs the "Dura Ace" chain for XTR.

I tried out an SRAM chain on my mountain bike and it is the noisiest chain I've ever heard. Apparently that's not an unusual complaint. I'm going back to Shimano when it's done.
SRAM chains ROCK!asphalt assault
Feb 19, 2003 9:02 AM
SRAMs top of the line 9 speed chain is the PC99. There is a road specific PC89R that is a little lighter then the PC99 and probably not quite as strong. Below these two in SRAMS 9 sp linup are the PC69 and PC59, any of the above will work fine with the 9sp system on your road bike.

You CAN use the SRAM "powerlink" with your Shimano chain provided that it's a 9sp powerlink going on a 9sp Shimano chain...or 7, 8,sp powerlink with a 7,8sp Shimano chain. (9sp is a tad narrower)

I'm a big fan of Shimano drivetrain components but I ditched using their chains years ago. Their "special pin" that can only be used once is junk. With an SRAM chain you can pop out a pin anywhere, reinstall it and you're good to go. Try that with a Shimano chain and it won't last 10 miles.

I can't believe Shimano doesn't get with the program and come up with a better coupling link.
The SRAM powerlink works fine with shimano ultegra/DA chainsPeterRider
Feb 19, 2003 5:38 PM
Another Factor..Snyder
Feb 18, 2003 8:46 PM
How hard do you ride, how often do you sprint, and how often do you change gears while riding hard?
About 4k from an SRAM chain with powerlinkAlexx
Feb 19, 2003 5:25 AM
Of course, I clean them regularly, off the bike. I have one bike that needs a Shimano chain (don't ask....), and I get about the same out of it, using the shimano replacement pins when i clean it every 1k miles or so.
About 4300 actual miles + another 60+ hours of trainer time...GreenFan
Feb 19, 2003 3:38 PM
the chain was still in pretty good shape, oh, did I forget to mention ? It's a Campy 10 speed chain ;)
9-12K miles on Campy Record 9Kerry
Feb 19, 2003 4:40 PM
And I replace the cassette when I replace the chain. I see the variation as depending on riding conditions. I clean/lube weekly, and if I have a wet year I probably don't maintain the chain as well as I should. My experience with SRAM 89R is that I get about 80% of the mileage of the Record 9 chains.