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    Which Chain Should I Use?

    I am working on a TT build right now and am running an FSA SLK crank and rival cassette and derailleurs. I was going to get a SRAM 1070 chain but the reviews didn't look very good. Are there any other chains that would work well with this setup at an affordable price? Thanks in advance.

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    KMC chains have a good reputation.
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    You have to ask yourself what people are doing to have problems with a chain like the 1070. Anyway, you don't say whether you are planning a 9 speed or 10 speed setup, the SRAM 1070 is the 9 speed version, 1071 is the 10 speed one [Actually this is wrong - see later post by DOS] . I have several thousand miles on a 1071 without issues. You could spend a bit more to get the slightly lighter 1091 but the argument didn't stack up for me. Or get the heavier black sided 1031. Keep the chain clean and lubed and it will serve you well.

    If you really are against SRAM because of what some other people said, then go buy KMC, the X10SL is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fr333zin View Post
    the SRAM 1070 is the 9 speed version, 1071 is the 10 speed one. .
    No. Both are 10 speed, hence the 10 in the name. Supposedly 1070 and 1071 are same basic chain with some difference or other to make 1071 less noisy. SRAM 9 speed chains have 900 series numbers -- 950, 970, 990.
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    I have a 1051, it is fine. Before I had a KMC 10-speed chain on my bike (DS-10 I believe). It worked fine, I replaced it at 2k miles but it probably could have gone another two. KMC chains are cheap. I also run a 105 chain on another bike, and it works fine. Honestly, I can't tell a difference in any of them.

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    better to run a cheap-er chain, replaced pre maturely,
    than to buy an expensive one and become too attached to it.
    leaving it on too long, before replacing it.
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    I rode to work on a SRAM 1051 that has at most 500 miles on it and it was deadly silent today... It shifts just fine on a FSA Gossamer 53/39 and Shimano 105 cassette. The only thing I don't like about it so far is that the SRAM Powerlink is black and looks outta place on the silver chain.

    Edited to add: If money were no object, I'd probably go with the KMC X10SL-Ti or X10SL-DLC because I like the looks and the colors they come in... I have the X10SL-Ti on one bike, but not enough miles to say anything about longevity.
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    Dollar for dollar, KMC chains offer the best value. Don't buy their top of the line, or bottom end chain, buy the 2nd or third tier to get just about the same mechanical quality as their best chain without frills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jks84 View Post
    I was going to get a SRAM 1070 chain but the reviews didn't look very good. A
    I've seen consumer chain reviews and most of them seem poor. I've run SRAM 1090s for 10,000+ miles, and recently switched to KMC X10SL. I've had no mechanical problems with the SRAM, but the KMC seems to run smooth and plays well with Ultegra chainrings and SRAM 1070 cassette. Plus, the KMC Missing LInk is a nice, reusable masterlink. SRAMs 10 spd "Powerlock" is not supposed to be re-used. After over 2,000 miles on the KMC, it shifts flawlessly, runs quiet, and no measurable stretch with my machinist rule. KMC is my new favorite chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOS View Post
    No. Both are 10 speed, hence the 10 in the name. Supposedly 1070 and 1071 are same basic chain with some difference or other to make 1071 less noisy. SRAM 9 speed chains have 900 series numbers -- 950, 970, 990.
    Thanks DOS, I should have realised that.

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