Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Trek, Cannondale Tandem, Surly LHT
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Sync chains aren't all that persnickety because they aren't used for shifting, and one can usually use from a 6 speed to a 9 speed chain as a timing chain. So, this is one of the few places I tend to go cheap. Several months ago Nashbar had recumbent 8 speed and 9 speed (KMC Z chain) on sale for about $10. I bought 3 or 4 of them and they're just fine for this application. They still sell them, but the price has gone up (at least for now). I shortened one of the 8 speed chains and put it on a Surly Long Haul Trucker I built up and rode coast-to-coast from early March to early May, and it worked without a problem. That's my $.02 on timing chains.