Hi all, I've got an IRD 9speed chain on my 9x3 road bike that is very loose laterally. It shifts fine and doesn't measure more than 0.25 on my Park CC-2 chain checker. This reading is the low end of the spec for a new chain (on the tool it says: new chain .25-5, replace <1.0). The side to side movement is very obvious compared to the Wipperman that I previously had. It actually makes slight cross chaining type combinations run silently, which I see as a plus.
Just wondering if others have experienced variations in lateral flex on chains. Which brands have more side flex in your experience, and which have less?
I used to think side flex indicates a worn-out chain, but apparently, this is not the case.