I have searched and seem to get lots of different answers.
Bike is a 2007 Pinarello Galileo - Ultegra equipped.
I have a Shimano Ultegra 10 speed super narrow chain. I believe it's Shimano number CN-6600. It uses the special replacement connecting pin for the narrow type chain. The chain width is 5.88 mm, as close as I can measure.
I understand that if a pin is removed it MUST be replaced with the special replacement pin. I have some of those.
However, I would LIKE to add a Connex-type link to allow easy removal of the chain. I know that Shimano doesn't recommend removing the chain, but I'd like to be able to remove it and clean it thoroughly on occasion.
I see that some of these quick-links are for 6.1mm width Shimano 10 speed chains....but I don't see anything specifically for the Shimano super narrow
Is anyone using a quick link on THIS chain, and if so, what did you use that works?
I seem to remember someone saying that the Connex link for Campy should be used on the Shimano chain, becasue of the width...
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
I don't think there are two widths of Shimano 10-speed chains, they are all "super narrow". I believe the actual width (measured across the ends of the connecting pins, not across the outer plates) is 6.0 or 6.1 mm, I'm not sure which. I do know Wipperman's 10-speed chain for Shimano is 6.0 mm.
It's 5.88mm, sized for Shimano. It works great - easy to remove and to put back on. I've used SRAM PowerLinks on 8 and 9 speed chains for years, and was highly annoyed that they couldn't design their 10 speed PowerLock to be reusable.
I'm not sure about the Wippermann link - never used it - but I know *one* of them costs $10. I ordered a card of six of the KMC links (for future chain replacements) for $11 at AEBike (the only place I've found that has them, actually). Not sure if it's kosher to post the link to their page here, but they're easy to find.
Does anyone know why SRAM hasn't made a 10 spd version of their Powerlink? It's obviously technically possible since KMC does it. I guess this is a question for SRAM.
They actually do supply a powerlink-like device with their 10 speed chains. But they specifically state that it's a one-use-only deal, not reusable like the 9 speed and previous. I don't know whether the link is available separate from the chain.
I ordered a card of six of the KMC links (for future chain replacements) for $11 at AEBike (the only place I've found that has them, actually). Not sure if it's kosher to post the link to their page here, but they're easy to find.
Thanks for this tip. I just ordered the same thing from AEBike. These KMC links will give me other options to consider when I buy my next chain. I can go with Shimano chains, if I can find them at great prices.
I have the KMC 10spd chain and a card of links from AE Bike
and noted the directions specify 'one use' for the link. I
assumed one assemble/disassemble cycle but others infer
it means toss the link when you discard the chain. The card
says: Use missing link one time only, remove with chain tool FWIW.
KMC works nicely with the FSA crank, Campy shifters and IRC cassette.
It is notably cheaper than other 10spd chains, mine was labeled
as made in China. Missing links I have also say "6.2mm chain".
Also, I asked at my LBS (where I bought my Six13) and they say it's reusable, no problem. I've had mine off for cleaning at least twice, and so far (knocking on wood) everything seems fine. It does take a bit more wrestling to get it off than the SRAM 8 and 9 speed powerlinks, though. I plan to replace it along with the chain whenever that needs to happen.
Installation is important. If installed backwards you could have shifting and chain-hopping problems in the 11-tooth cog when torquing the cranks.
They are pretty expensive, to the point where replacing pins is arguably cheaper. But I use the 10S1 primarily because pin installation on the 10-speed chains is very touchy. The margin for error is very small. Chain failure (probably due to incorrect pin installation) on 10-speed chains has increased substantially from the beefier 9-speed chains.