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Old 03-26-08, 09:51 AM   #1
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KMC SuperLite 1/8" chain: h/nh?

Does/has anyone run the kmc 1/8" superlite chain?
If so, how does it run? Is it compatible with masterlink type links?

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Old 03-26-08, 10:37 AM   #2
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not sure on the master link questions. the 710 has a slotted plate master link.

the ride is great though, and it is a pretty and quiet chain in my experience (paired with a new EAI cog)
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Old 03-26-08, 10:38 AM   #3
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fantastic, thx.
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the 710s i just got in the post two days ago have a clip-type (three piece) master link. i don't know why the 710SL would be different.
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Old 03-27-08, 12:55 PM   #5
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i run a KOOL chain, not the SL. its smooth and quiet. it came with a masterlink, but i don't use it.
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i absolutely love this chain.
however i dont use a masterlink, so i can't answer that part.
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i think i might have to buy this. i currently have the chain with extra thick side plates, and that thing weighs a ton. grr
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1/8" and Superlite. Does the term 'contradictio in termini' also exist on your site of the ocean?
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i'm guessing you read the topic title and posted, instead of researching anything about the chain in mention (hollow pinned, drilled, reduced material on plates, et al).

does "hi i have a reading disability" exist on yrs?
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I'm still wondering what "h/nh" means.
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hot/not hot
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If you like to run a decidedly non super "lite" chain and slow **** on your bike. That's the chain to buy.

Brooks 4 lyfe

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Old 03-27-08, 06:38 PM   #13
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i'm guessing you read the topic title and posted, instead of researching anything about the chain in mention (hollow pinned, drilled, reduced material on plates, et al).

does "hi i have a reading disability" exist on yrs?
Your so consistant! I love it!

This chain looks wonderful but I dont have a drop of advice for you.
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i'm guessing you read the topic title and posted, instead of researching anything about the chain in mention (hollow pinned, drilled, reduced material on plates, et al).

does "hi i have a reading disability" exist on yrs?
Whoa, easy horsy!

I was reacting to the comments above. It's just stupid, buying a 'light' track chain, because it's lighter. And no, I don't have a reading disability. It's one of the few things i'm not disabled in.

My point: if you want a light chain because your current one weighs a ton, go find another hobby. Or buy a 10 speed chain. Track chains are heavy, and for a purpose. If you think the superlite chain performs better, okay. But at what cost? Don't believe all the marketing crap. I doubt you (or anyone) can feel a big difference. If you do, and i'm wrong, let me know.

If you think it looks cool, buy one.
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it's really not about cool.
here are two things i've learned in my (few) years of cycling:
1) 3/32" chains on a fixed gear drivetrain stretch faster than 1/8" chains
2) 1/8" chains are heavy. not unreasably so, but noticeably nonetheless.

i found out about a 1/8" chain which has its "unnecessary" portions removed. I put unnecessary in quotes, as i'm can't be sure that the reduced portions won't put it in category #1, hence my OP.
If this chain is both light and durable, it's not a bad way to spend 25 dollars. There's nothing contradictory about that.

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it's really not about cool.
here are two things i've learned in my (few) years of cycling:
1) 3/32" compatible chains on a fixed gear drivetrain stretch faster than 1/8" compatible chains
2) 1/8" chains are heavy. not unreasably so, but noticeably nonetheless.

i found out about a 1/8" chain which has its "unnecessary" portions removed. I put unnecessary in quotes, as i'm can't be sure that the reduced portions won't put it in category #1, hence my OP.
If this chain is both light and durable, it's not a bad way to spend 25 dollars. There's nothing contradictory about that.
Given the way chains wear and "stretch", I am not sure that a 3/32" chain would wear out any faster.
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i should say, they have in my experience.
i agree that they "shouldn't" as the only difference between the two is the space between the plates, but this has been what i've found. i use a tool to check my chain every month or so; 3/32 has worn out substantially faster, so i no longer use 3/32 drivetrains. I haven't given it enough thought to explain why...

ED: has anyone else experienced the same? i don't want to be responsible for doling out bad advice.

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it's really not about cool.
here are two things i've learned in my (few) years of cycling:
1) 3/32" chains on a fixed gear drivetrain stretch faster than 1/8" chains
2) 1/8" chains are heavy. not unreasably so, but noticeably nonetheless.

i found out about a 1/8" chain which has its "unnecessary" portions removed. I put unnecessary in quotes, as i'm can't be sure that the reduced portions won't put it in category #1, hence my OP.
If this chain is both light and durable, it's not a bad way to spend 25 dollars. There's nothing contradictory about that.
I think we are on the same line here (don't know if that's the correct way to say it in English). You want a chain that lasts longer and is not as heavy as a normal 1/8" chain. 25 dollars isn't that expensive, so I would try it. My only concern is that the chain with less metal stretches just as fast as a 3/32" chain. But you'll have to find out.
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Old 03-28-08, 08:09 AM   #19
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yep. i ordered it (for my girlfriend). she rides daily, i'll let you know how it fares.
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