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Old 08-05-05, 09:19 AM   #1
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Shimano 10s chain alternatives?

I'm new to cycling, and I have a new bike with an Ultegra 10s drivetrain. I'd like to get a chain replacement that can be removed for cleaning: I understand the 10s chains are susceptible to failing once they've been removed/cleaned/reinstalled. I also wonder if an after market chain might be less expensive than the Shimano-branded chains.

Are there any alternatives on the market that have the master links (is that what they're called?) that can be easily removed and replaced, for the super-narrow Ultegra 10sp chains? Also, are the DuraAce 10s chains compatible? Campy 10s chains?

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Old 08-05-05, 09:45 AM   #2
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Whipperman shimano 10 specific. Or, use a connex link with a shimano chain.
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Ultegra and DuraAce 10spds chains are swappable. Wippermans and Campy are not much help price wise but the connex link will help in R&R the chain for cleaning. 10spd durability is significantly less than 9spd, so frequent clean/lube is even more important especially with the premo prices demanded. Hopefully SRAM will come out with a value priced version in a year or so. This 10spd mania has done wonders for the profit margins of the Shimano/Campy suppliers.
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I hope SRAM comes out with theirs before a year from now, I hate Shimano chains, and wont pay for a Wipperman. Oh, well.
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Whipperman shimano 10 specific. Or, use a connex link with a shimano chain.
Wiperman makes the ConneX link. They actually make two different 10 speed links: 6.2mm for Campy and 6.0mm for Shimano. The 6.2 will work on a Shimano drivetrain but the link will hang up on the big ring if running in a small ring front, three smallest cogs in the rear cross-over chainline situation.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for all the info.
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KMC and IRD also make Shimano-specific 10 Speed chains. With the 2006 release of Campy's Ultra Narrow chain (5.9mm), you'll be able to run that as well.
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With the 2006 release of Campy's Ultra Narrow chain (5.9mm), you'll be able to run that as well.

Hate to think how much that bad boy will cost.
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Wiperman makes the ConneX link. They actually make two different 10 speed links: 6.2mm for Campy and 6.0mm for Shimano.
Anyone know who sells the 6.0mm for Shimano? I've only been able to find the 6.2mm one.
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