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    Matching SRAM chain to Shimano cassette

    I just bought a second wheelset and am picking out a cassette for it. I have my eyes on this HG-70 and the specs say to use a Shimano HG70 chain.

    What SRAM chain would be compatible with this cassette? It is a 7-speed cassette... can I just get a SRAM 7-speed compatible chain and be done with it?

    I prefer SRAM due to the powerlink feature... I know some people use power links with Shimano chains, but I'd prefer just to stick with SRAM.

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    Any SRAM 8-speed chain (they are all 7/8-speed but are listed as 8-speed) will work fine.

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    power links work fine with shimano chains.....and EVEN then your really not supposed to 'reuse' power links so...i wouldnt say its anything to 'favor' over a shimano chain

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadSailor View Post
    power links work fine with shimano chains.....and EVEN then your really not supposed to 'reuse' power links so...i wouldnt say its anything to 'favor' over a shimano chain
    Powerlinks are only 1 use? I have undone and redone my one Powerlink at least a dozen times with no problems. I will need to keep an eye on it I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadSailor View Post
    EVEN then your really not supposed to 'reuse' power links so...i wouldnt say its anything to 'favor' over a shimano chain
    Only the Powerlink on a 10-speed SRAM chains is supposed to be one-use (and even tha's debatable).

    The links on 8 and 9-speed SRAM chains are certainly reusable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadSailor View Post
    power links work fine with shimano chains.....and EVEN then your really not supposed to 'reuse' power links so...i wouldnt say its anything to 'favor' over a shimano chain
    I think you are thinking of the Wipperman "Connex" links, which Whipperman says are strictly one-use. AS others have said, only the SRAM 10-Speed chains are advising one-use, though I'm not sure why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotts View Post
    I think you are thinking of the Wipperman "Connex" links, which Whipperman says are strictly one-use.
    I don't think that's right either. I have a Wippermann 10-speed chain on a 10-speed Campy bike and the instruction say nothing about not reusing the Conex link.

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    I'm sure someone will disagree, but I think the KMC missing links are single use.

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