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Old 11-14-04, 01:55 AM   #1
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SRAM powerlink fell off my bike.

That's annoying. I hope my LBS stocks them... they mostly carry Shimano stuff.
I was riding at night so I don't know where it went... At least i was only about a block from my apartment so I didn't have far to walk home.
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I wish I had that problem. Mine are always seized...

Maybe see if the wipperman link will fit. It is a better powerlink imo
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Hmm that's odd have you done any work on the bike lately?
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So it just fell off? Ive got one and I hope it doesnt happen to me!
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Old 11-14-04, 02:11 AM   #5
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So it just fell off? Ive got one and I hope it doesnt happen to me!
Pretty much. I bunnyhopped up a curb and then my chain started dragging on the ground. It's never come off before...
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So it just fell off? Ive got one and I hope it doesnt happen to me!
It's rather unusal in my experience, and I've installed box upon box of them.
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I have them on all of my bikes...dh, xc, and djing...no problems. I bought a wipperman cause it was so cheap. It is good too
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Ive got a SRAM powerlink chain, never had any problems with my link coming off, weird.....
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Old 11-14-04, 05:29 AM   #9
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I now use Wippermann but have used SRAM in the past and have never had any problems with a PowerLink popping loose. However, if it did and I lost the pieces, I would simply just use the spare I carry with me. It's always good to carry a spare link and a PowerLink or Wipperman ConneXlink is as good (IMHO better) a bit of insurance as any.
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SOunds like you did not clik it in correctly.
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I've been riding with SRAM chains for 4+ years and never had a powerlink pop off (or any chain related issues). I guess statistically, it's bound to happen, so you should feel lucky - like winning the Lotto.

I have a feeling most LBSs stock the link, since they're versatile and work with Shimano chains (regardless of what Shimano says).
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I've used them alot, no problems, maybe installed wrong?
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Thats odd, because i've taken my chain off a few times and it takes me a good 5 minutes to just wiggle the powerlink free, even if I keep it lubed and stuff. Strange it would just fall off when you were bunny hopping.
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Old 11-14-04, 10:39 AM   #14
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Chances are someone bent the link plates last time it was removed. The only time I've seen a Powerlink fail is when someone bends the link plates. They will usually hold in place for awhile but eventually pop off... I even had it happen to me once.
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maybe the wipperman fairy came and loosened your powerlink just before you jumped?

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most sport shops ive come across, that have a decent array of bicycle components carry the powerlink. ANd if you get really desperate its available for 3.95 at jensonusa
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.aspx?i=CH608Z00
Though it probably isnt worth getting it there unless last resort cuz of shipping
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Chances are someone bent the link plates last time it was removed. The only time I've seen a Powerlink fail is when someone bends the link plates. They will usually hold in place for awhile but eventually pop off... I even had it happen to me once.
Yeah... I keep seeing these stories about people using pliers and screwdrivers to pry the links open. I'm not saying that was the case here though but the fact of the matter is that it can damage the links and cause them to fail. They were designed to be removed without external tools but some people find it hard initially to do so. One thing I've found essential is to first clean that particular link. Also, I have to remove tension from it by pushing lightly on the adjacent links while at the same time squeezing the sideplates together. This can be tricky and frustrating to do correctly so I'm not surprised that people have taken a pair of vice-grips or whatnot to it. Resist the temptation and be patient.
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It took me a long time get the damn thing off, but you know after the first 2 or 3 times it's effortless
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i noticed the different design of the wipperman links. are they any easier to remove?
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i noticed the different design of the wipperman links. are they any easier to remove?
Yes and no. With the ConneXlink, you need to not only move the plates towards each other but you must also rotate them perpendicular to the chainline. However, the sideplates on the ConneXlinks have little extended tabs which makes handling the link easier, IMHO.
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Thats odd, because i've taken my chain off a few times and it takes me a good 5 minutes to just wiggle the powerlink free, even if I keep it lubed and stuff. Strange it would just fall off when you were bunny hopping.
when I first used them they stuck but that was the last time I had that problem. but the way to get it loose is to tap on the end of the link and it will more to the correct place then. it works pretty well on the stuck ones.
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If its old, i can understand it. It'd just be worn- every time i take off my powerlink it gets easier to do so if you take your chain off a lot, it might get really loose.
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I love Sram chains, they are far less hassle than Shimano ones and need no tools. Make sure that the chain is on the small rear and front middle cogs before attempting to open them as there is more slack on the chain. I've got 'em on all my bikes from xc to commuting and never looked back, and I also carry a spare link in with my bike tool.

Has anyone had any experiences with the PC 99 hollowpin chain? I've just ordered one.
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Has anyone had any experiences with the PC 99 hollowpin chain? I've just ordered one.
I used the non-HP PC99 for two seasons before switching to the Wippermann Connex 908. I don't know how well the HP version of the PC99 holds up but the solid pin PC99 I had was very reliable and never gave me any trouble. It didn't notice much degradation (shifted slightly rougher in some situations) in shifting performance when compared to the Shimano CN-7700 that it replaced (because the CN-7700 snapped) but I did notice a little more scuffing of my cassette. However, it's only cosmetic. FWIW, I've found the Wippermann shifts just as smoothly as Shimano.
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Any particular reason so many people seem to be switching to the wipperman chains?
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