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    SuperGimp TrojanHorse's Avatar
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    New chain.... who'd a thunk it

    SO I did a little routine maintenance on Sunday including installing a new chain. My old SRAM PC-1031 chain had about 2000 miles on it and was somewhere between 0.5 and 0.75% stretched according to Park tools.

    Everybody and their dog seems to recommend KMC chains (and I believe KMC OEM's the other main recommendation - Shimano chains) so I purchased a fancy one - X10SL or some such thing, from Amazon. It has fancy little X-shaped cutouts in the side plates which purportedly leads to better shifting.

    I finally hopped on the bike for a short ride tonight after sunset and really... the shifting was better, possibly just because it's a new, unstretched chain, but the new chain is SIGNIFICANTLY quieter than the old one. Although it's possible that's just because it's new, my old chain was never this quiet. I like quiet.

    Anyway, thumbs up for KMC chains.

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    Cautionary Tale: I bought a KMC chain... once! It was one of their cheaper DX10SC chains. Used in on my touring bike for ~500 miles, then left to ride down the Pacific Coast. The Missing Link broke at the end of the first day. Luckily I had a couple of spare master links and a chain tool to remove the twisted links. A couple of hundred miles after that, the chain was stretched so much that shifting became very problematic. Luckily, I was able to find a replacement SRAM chain along the way.

    The KMC chain you've purchased is much nicer than the one I bought. That said, after my experience with the DX10SC I wouldn't feel comfortable riding a KMC chain without a spare Missing Link and a Park CT-5 mini chain tool...

    BTW, I find that the new SRAM PC-1091 chains are noticeably quieter than the old PC-1090 chains. They're my chain of choice these days.

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    I tried Chain-L lube, which is promoted by FBinNY in the Mechanics forum.
    http://www.chain-l.com/

    It was basically to support a fellow BF member.
    I thought my drive train was pretty quiet before. I was extremely surprised that I had to redefine my version of "quiet".

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    My LBS sells KMC. I've replaced mine a few times and have had no issues. Quiet. Shifts smoothly. However I keep it lubed. Once a week when I'm riding outside, which is most of the year: wipe off, a drop at each roller, let sit for 30 minutes or longer, then a wipe off has given me great chain life and quiet service.


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    Interesting cautionary tale about KMC - thanks sstorkel. i had pc-1091 to start the year and frankly, it was perfectly fine. I swapped cassettes and needed a longer chain so I bought whatever my LBS had laying around (PC-1031) and I didn't notice it being louder, at least at the time.

    regardless, it'll be interesting to see how many miles i get out of this chain.

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    I get between 6-8000km out of the KMC gold chain, the real expensive one can't remember the right name. This year they didn't have any on ribble so I went with the cheap grey version. About 1/4 of the cost, shifted the same and so far have about 4500km on it without issue. I will admit I likely change my chain out early but I believe it helps with the life of other components. Since 2007 I have replaced one cassette, no chain rings but 10 chains between two bikes.
    Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.

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    I only ride expensive KMC chains because I'm worth it. Not only do they shift extremely well, they last much longer that any other chains I have used, and I typically don't take good care of my chains.

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