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How to remove KMC DX-10 chain? Tools required?
My road bike came with a KMC DX-10 chain. I checked the KMC website for any information on maintenance for the chain, but not much luck. There is one link on the DX-10 that looks like it might be some kind of link to remove the chain. The link is a bit larger than the others and looks to be more irridescent in color than the basic silver/grey of the rest of the chain. Is this a link I can use to remove the chain? If so, what's the best way to remove/re-attach without too much frustration? Specific tool(s) needed? Can it be done manually? Etc?
KMC X-10 is the chain I ride with my 10sp Campy Veloce. A trick is... put the bike on the smaller sprockets to create more freedom in the derailleur. Then about 2 links on each side of the master link use a piece of twine to tie the chain together around the master so when the link disengages the chain won't flail around the derailleur and put a chip in your seat stay...take it from me
KMC chains use what is called a Missing link which is a pretty sweet master link. They are not recommended to be reused but many do including me on occasion. With the chain tied together, take a pair of needle nose and pinch the two master link rollers together wihich will disengage the oblong detented holes that distinguish the master/Missing link. Be sure to not push on the sides of the link but rather the rollers centered between the two sides.
HTH...KMC X-10 chain is a good value for a Campy 10s.
To reinstall...use the twine again as a precaution against the link slipping until it is re-engaged...which will be a finite snap. Best technique is to position the link..pushing the two sides together and give a good tug on the pedal with your hand to snap the link into its locked position.
Last edited by biker7; 02-18-06 at 05:37 PM.
The Park MLP-1 (master link pliers) work GREAT......and are well worth the less than $10.00 price.
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Excellent. Thank you!
Originally Posted by Thrifty1
The Park Tool site also had a listing in the chain removal section for master-link type chains when I did a little more looking.