MTB Chains

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    • #236522

      Is it possible to get the OLD STYLE chians **without** the “weak” Master Link?


    • #236523

      Yes Shimano chains.  But personally, I always had more trouble with the Shimano pins than I ever had with a Sram master link.  Are you doing it wrong?

      • #236524

        I was about 30 feet to my rig when I snapped the chain off yesterday. I picked up the pieces and coasted the rest of the way. I just checked the chain, it wasn’t even the master link this time. 2×10 but I  never use what I call illegal gears….chain angle extremes, chain is always clean Rock n Roll lube on it. I am not sure what I could be doing wrong? I just replaced the chain with a new SRAM.

      • #236527

        Did you check the chain’s stretch (I use Park’s tool).  Even if the chain is new, I’d check it just to be sure something isn’t stressing it.  Usually not likely, but who knows.  What about compatibility?  Right chain for the right drive train?  I never worried much about that until I had to swap a busted chain on a trip, and could only find an 11 speed KMC chain in the pinch.  Wasn’t cheap.  It managed to stretch it beyond its life span in juts a few rides.  The only explanation was using an 11 speed chain on a 3×9 drive train.  With the exception of RaceFace rings, my drive trains are Shimano, so I’ve stayed with Shimano chains (just to be safe) without any issues.  I’m sure SRAM chains would work just as well though.

      • #236553

        I have the tool, and just checked the failed chain…and …ummmm there is signficant stretch greater than .5 but less than .75. Welp, I guess I used that chain a little too long. I am somewhat surprised with the reading. I clean and check my chains often but….but …but…the dog ate my homework!

    • #236543

      I don’t think I’ve EVER seen the master link fail. The master link is generally way stronger than the rest of the chain.

      • #236550

        The previous time was a master link this time was a standard link. The missing link, I blame on myself. I keep  the herd  at close to or better than new condtion and admit I am sometimes guilty of reusing the master link when cleaning the chain. The only way I can explain the most recent failure is, bad luck or pilot error by cranking mid shift (not sure).

        I suspect chain failure is slightly more common on 2×10 and 3×10 systems. It must be me, I also have a chain drop problem on a fatty. 2×10 with a brand new chain, If I am cranking on soft sand or up a steep hill, I swear the frame flexes so much the chain drops. (is that even possible?). Anyhow, the fatty is becoming a single speed or a 1×10 and I just put a new sram chain on my main ride.

        I feel there are a lot of days I could get away with a 3 speed hub. I need a gear to go UP, I need a gear to go DOWN and I need a gear to get to the trail. Probalby works a lot better in my head then in actual use. It looks as if we are headed to an automatic transmission. Electirc is the first step but it is only a matter of time before shifting will happen completly automatically and in the background. At some point the all the sensors will start talking to the drive system and decide the optimal gearing based on a learning algorithm .  I’m sure there will be overdrive etc.

        The time before this, I was about 3 pedal strokes from the very very top of my ride with a nice roller coaster 3 mile downhill. Riding with NO CHAIN is competely different from riding and not pedaling. I highly recommend people try it sometime and actually REMOVE your chain. It makes Aaron Gwin winning run even more remarkable.

        Anyhow…new chain on…ready to go.

    • #236573

      New chain and powder day for dirt. It is amazing how much easier it is to ride up hill when you have a chain.

    • #236678

      Sounds like too much strength in them legs… I’m still running the same chain for over 2 years of mud, lots of sand and pumice, lots of abuse in cross chaining, power shifting on hills, lack of maintenance, etc. I must have wimpy legs. I have a spare and plan on changing out the sprockets and cassette also in the future. Just replaced the crank bearings yesterday, even the race was worn through, oops.

    • #236683

      I swear by these, never had a problem. Connex

      • #236709

        Not sure what the rule of thumb is but i replace my chain every year. I havent had any issues yet. Not sure if im just lucky or not.

    • #237038

      Sram CrossStep has never failed on me. Lots of other chains would break.

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