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    No Money and No Sense sillygolem's Avatar
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    Chain Questions

    I need to get a new chain for an 18 speed bike - 6 speed indexed freewheel + triple chainring up front.

    Is there any real difference between a KMC and an SRAM chain? In the past I've always used KMC, but the options all seem to be about the same price.

    Is there any reason I'd notice a difference between a 5/6, 7, or 8 speed chain?
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    Use whatever. Won't make much difference at all on 6spd.

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    I tend to buy online, and the 5/6 speed KMC chain is always the cheapest, and works fine.

    KMC Z33 is $4.57 at Niagara, I have never seen SRAm chain at that price.
    Last edited by wrk101; 07-20-11 at 10:14 AM.

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    Hi sillygolem,
    I am only an amateur only and not tried KMC chain even.
    But I already use their "missing link" two of my chain and they are very good.
    (Sram has also missing link) But I look their chain catalog what look very good and will try next time also.
    good luck.
    losi

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    KMC Z33 is $4.57 at Niagara, I have never seen SRAm chain at that price.
    With shipping there are several KMC and SRAM models (Z30, Z50, PC830, etc) that come in at around $10-$12, and picking up one of these or a Bell-branded KMC in a store is about the same price.

    Maybe that's the difference: A higher quality chain is so much lighter that online retailers can charge a couple bucks less for shipping.
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