Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
As far as running goes, any chain of the right width will run on any cassette, because the critical dimensions are highly standardized.
However chain plate profiles are highly sculpted to work with the shifting gates each company cuts into their sprockets, and mixing brands mightaffect shifting slightly. There are also reports of various chains being noisier than others, but I believe that's more a matter of cassette differences and chain lubrication than the chains themselves. Use whichever chain you prefer and care for it properly and you'll be fine.
Shimano makes a special chain tool for guiding their pins in, but you can use a standard chain tool if you're careful to keep everything perfectly aligned.
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