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Old 08-21-06, 08:45 AM
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Powerlink question

Is it okay to use a SRAM powerlink on a Shimano 9 speed chain? I need to replace the chain, not sure which one the LBS has in stock until I get there...

Any issues with that combination? I like the idea of using a master link to allow for chain cleaning with greater ease... but want to make sure I'm not asking for trouble.

Alternately, should I get a Wipperman chain instead, or is the difference limited between the Shimano/SRAM/Wipperman?
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Old 08-21-06, 09:06 AM
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The powerlink will work fine on either. I can't advise you about the wipperman. This was told to me this weekend by my LBS. I hope hes right.
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The official word from SRAM is (not surprisingly) that you should not use their Powerlink with any other make of chain. I did try to fit an 8-speed Powerlink on a Shimano HG chain, and it would not work because the Shimano chain was like a micron too wide. So the Powerlink wouldn't close. I found a way around that by removing several half links and using SRAM inside half links on either side of the Powerlink. Because you're right, it's a big advantage to be able to remove your chain easily for thorough cleaning.

The Wipperman chains are fine, if you get the regular steel ones, but the stainless steel ones are not such a good idea. They are more brittle and very prone to cracking around the pins, plus they tend to accelerate wear on the rest of your drivetrain. That's been hotly debated here before, but the concensus seemed to be that they really did do that.
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SRAM powerlinks work perfectly well on Shimano 9-speed chains.
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Old 08-21-06, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by lawkd
I did try to fit an 8-speed Powerlink on a Shimano HG chain, and it would not work because the Shimano chain was like a micron too wide. So the Powerlink wouldn't close. I found a way around that by removing several half links and using SRAM inside half links on either side of the Powerlink.
I ran into the exact same problem. Luckily, I found an old post by Sydney explaining that the default Shimano chain (7.4mm) is simply too wide for the SRAM Powerlink (7.1mm) (https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/128282-8-speed-powerlink-questions.html). My solution was to ditch the old Shimano chain and replace it with a SRAM chain.
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