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Old 01-14-06, 10:39 PM   #1
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7 to 9 spd (chain issue)

I have toured for many years on my good old bike equipped with a 7 speed cassette. The bike is still in pretty good shape. I have never broke a chain on this bike but I take very good care of it. A couple of years ago I decided it was time for a new bike so I bought one equipped with a 9 speed cassette. While touring on this new bike I have broken two different 9 speed chains. I know that the 9 speed chain is a little narrower but is this common with the 9 speed setup? Thanks
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I believe there is a greater chance of snapping narrow chains. Avoid hollow lightweight chains? I run 7, 8. I avoid 9 but may just be paranoid (lightweight rider).
One reason is I do trials riding on apt size rock cliffs over the ocean. A snapped chain would be really bad news.
I have yet to purchase ($$) and I have to wait 'till I wear the current wears out-
Whipperman Connex 808 (7-8 spd).
You may be opening a can of wurms, I debated this in the mtb forum once and it got a little hot!
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I believe there is a greater chance of snapping narrow chains. Avoid hollow lightweight chains? I run 7, 8. I avoid 9 but may just be paranoid (lightweight rider).
One reason is I do trials riding on apt size rock cliffs over the ocean. A snapped chain would be really bad news.
I have yet to purchase ($$) and I have to wait 'till I wear the current wears out-
Whipperman Connex 808 (7-8 spd).
You may be opening a can of wurms, I debated this in the mtb forum once and it got a little hot!
Where can you get them? I have them on three of my bikes. they are the best shifting chains I have ever owned.
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I went from a 7 to 10 spd cassette on my road bike and I snapped a Shimano 10 spd chain twice in 3 weeks.(neither break was at the install pin) I went to the Wipperman chain and it has been fine for 1900 miles so far. On my touring bike and MTB I use 8 spd and have only worn chains out , never broken any.
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Where can you get them? I have them on three of my bikes. they are the best shifting chains I have ever owned.
You have 3?..you already know where to get them?
I'll have to special order it into Can, I don't believe the Norco Distributors carry them.
I'll check Mon.
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Velonomad said it get a Wipperman chain, Shimano make crap chains even a 60 kilogram wimp like me can snap them. Thanks Extra UK for the Wipperman chains. Sorry Guys but I'll have to say thanks to all my sponsor as they're making www.challengea2z.com a success.
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You have 3?..you already know where to get them?
I'll have to special order it into Can, I don't believe the Norco Distributors carry them.
I'll check Mon.
I bought them from bikenashbar, but last time I checked they stopped selling them.
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Are you guys looking for Wipperman chains as i can get them if you are struggling to get them in the states??
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