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Originally Posted by TurboTurtle
They do not. Every model number chain has its own pin. - TF
Wrong. As long as they are 10 speed pins they are
interchangeable.If he had used a 9spd pin on a 10 spd chain or viceversa then he might have had a problem. It seems that it might have been more of an installation error than anything else...
But 10 speed Shimano chains tend to be a little bit more troublesome than 9-spd chains to install. The margin of error for pin installation is reduced compared to a 9 spd.
About a month or so ago a teammate of mine was having rear shifting issues. After about 30 miles of hilly riding we decided to stop and check his bike. His chain was being held by about 60% of one side of the connecting pin. The other side was free from the chain. It was incredible that he didn't crash considering we were hammering up the hills. In any case, the chain was only a month or so old and we figured it might have been the local ham fisted mechanic (who has a reputation for not being the best) that installed it wrong. Somebody had a Connex link and we used it to fix his chain. My friend hasn't even replaced his chain yet and has had zero problems with the Connex Link.
That's one of the reasons I just moved away from Shimano chains (after using Shimano exclusively since 1988 when they were 7-spds) to KMC (which include their Missing Link connecting link). And yes, I know KMC makes the chains for Shimano...