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    shimano or SRAM chain

    Any significant differences for a person riding a road bike? I know the sram has a easy off link. the bike is a 9 speed ultegra/105.

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    Powerlink is the main difference and reason enough to choose SRAM.
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    +1 on DOS.

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    masterlinks are easier to work with for both installing and removing, but i really like shimano chains and the pin for reliability---it more closely acts like an original rivet, and in my own applications significantly reduces instances of chain suck and other chain problems. to be sure, the pins are more of a hassle than the masterlinks, but i don't really have need to take my chain on and off very often (and if it requires a serious cleaning, i just pony up the pocket change for a new pin).

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    Try Wipperman, their connex link is easier to assemble and reusable.

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    I'm using a 10-speed Shimano chain and Wipperman Connex link on the road bike and a similar 9-speed setup on the MTB. My shop friend convinced me everything would work best using a Shimano chain with an otherwise full Shimano drivetrain, but I can't stand the replacement pin system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakay View Post
    Try Wipperman, their connex link is easier to assemble and reusable.
    As a word of caution, the masterlinks deteriorate at least as quickly as any other links within a chain. By using them beyond the life of the original chain, you can speed up the deterioration of the chain within which you reuse them, and of the drivetrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakay View Post
    Try Wipperman, their connex link is easier to assemble and reusable.
    The SRAM 9 speed is reusable too. As for easier to assemble, the Connex chain makes a really annoying noise if you assemble the link upside down. SRAM doesn't have this problem.

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    I used to use Shimano now I use SRAM. The main reason for switching is I was having problems getting the Shimano pins in and out without bending the links. So I switched to SRAM and have not had any regrets. I like being able to take my chain off and they have been easy to work with.

    In the end I think the Shimano might make for a stronger chain (if installed flawlessly) but SRAM is much more convenient. Also, SRAM makes it possible to use my new favorite lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_i View Post
    As a word of caution, the masterlinks deteriorate at least as quickly as any other links within a chain. By using them beyond the life of the original chain, you can speed up the deterioration of the chain within which you reuse them, and of the drivetrain.
    This sounds like a good thing. Better to have all the links wear at the same rate. If the Connex did not wear, it could skip around.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    The SRAM 9 speed is reusable too. As for easier to assemble, the Connex chain makes a really annoying noise if you assemble the link upside down. SRAM doesn't have this problem.
    Easy solution: Install it right-side-up. The Connex is shaped like a kidney bean. You know you have it installed correctly when the Connex's curvature matches the curvature of the chainrings and cogs.
    Quote Originally Posted by slopvehicle View Post
    Not wearing a helmet makes me more aware of my surroundings. I find myself anticipating the hardness of concrete 50 or 100 feet in front of me, it's almost a zen-like connection between my face and the pavement.

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