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Old 09-11-22, 07:27 PM
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9 speed chain...are they all the same ??


Looking to buy a 9 speed chain.

What brand model would you recommend ??

Many out there with a pretty big price range.

Appreciate any and all help.
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They're all pretty much interchangeable, however there can be subtle differences.

I divide them into two wide categories, those with bulged plates, and those with flat plates.

If you're happy with how your bike was shifting you might consider staying with the same general type of chain though feel free to shop brands.

I've been out of the market for a while now but back in my day KMC was probably the best dollar value amongst the various brands. Hopefully someone else can give you more specific advice will point you to a quality, high value chain.
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I buy KMC, but there are fake ones in the market, see this thread, particularly the contemporary portion.
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I'm a SRAM guy. Been that way since Sedis was the "brand". KMC, Shimano, SRAM all have good chains. Ther more expensive ones usually are shinier when new. But I feel that the chain's maintenance and real world stuff can be the greater issue, than what brand you use. If you are concerned about counterfeit chains buy from a shop. Their suppliers have more checks and balances then the online sales do. Andy
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As Andy says, SRAM They bought the factory that made Sedis chains and still use the same production process for the chains. Our Co-Op bought them in 50 chain boxes and repackaged them for individual sale. Cost that way was about $7 per chain.
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SRAM, here too. Mostly because of the quick link that SRAM uses. Nothing wrong with Shimano but I don’t like the silly pin thing that Shimano uses. I also have used KMC which uses quick links as well. Pretty good chains.
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I'll add the cost of the chain is usually proportional to the weight and bling factor, regardless of the manufacturer. More expensive chains have shiny finishes, while the lower cost are often black. Shiny finishes become black with road grime. More expensive chains are lighter and have hollow pins and plates. The light weight is probably more of a bragging factor, and not noticed by most riders, as the weight difference isn't really that much.

A chain is a wear item, so keep that in mind as you'll need to check and replace your chain when worn.

For 9 speed chains, SRAM is/was my go-to. Their master link was reusable and you could use your fingers to install and remove the link.
For 10 speed chains, KMC is my go-to. Not sure why but perhaps it's my way of spreading the wealth and support of various companies.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
I'm a SRAM guy. Been that way since Sedis was the "brand".
I'm on 9sp, and I too transitioned from Sedisport chains to SRAM, used them for many years. Tried a KMC chain and found it noisier and it shifted less well than the SRAMs, although just barely perceptibly so. Then I tried Shimano, it was quieter and shifted better than the KMC (but again, just barely perceptibly) and now Shimano is my preference. But they all work, and I agree with Andy that maintenance is likely more important than brand.

Side note: the Connex quick link is superior to the SRAM and KMC links. No tools/force required to open or close. It's like a magic trick.
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Thanks for the info and suggestions!!

It is greatly appreciated.

I have used sram on my 5,6,and 7 speeds.

I'll try that on 8 and 9 speeds

Thanks again for all the help

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I use Dura Ace chains, because I run the DA 7700 system. Is the chain shinier? Yep. Is it easy to keep it that way? Yep.

In my experience, people use way, WAY too much oil on their chain. This is the reason they're all gunky and black, with gobs of excess oil and dirt on the outside of their chains where it doesn't belong--people don't know how to properly lubricate their chain.

I keep my chain well lubricated but clean. I was challenged one day on this site to grab my chain and pedal through a revolution to see how black my hand would get. I realized there would be no way to prove my experiment one way or the other, and even if it came out badly, I wasn't obligated to post those results. So I thought I'd try it anyway.

I admit I was hesitant to try the experiment, not really knowing what the results would be. But one night, I did it: I grabbed the bottom of the chain using my left hand with a firm grip and with my right hand, with eyes closed, pedaled the chain in reverse through my left hand. I went only one revolution, and opened my left hand: Not even one faint streak of black.
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