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Old 10-16-06, 09:51 AM
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Powerlink 10spd chain question

I did a search in this forum -"Powerlink and 10 speed" - but found no satisfactory answer to the simple questions,

Does the Powerlink, or any link work with the Shimano 10spd Ultrega group?

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Is anybody using said link and what are the results?

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Old 10-16-06, 10:08 AM
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FWIW.... 9 speed and 10 speed chains are different in the external width of the links, due to the narrower spacing of the cogs to get 10 in the space formerly occupied by 9. The INTERNAL width is the same, but just thinner on the outside. (This according to ZINN). As a result a 9 speed chain won't work well, if at all, with a 10 speed group.

SRAM doesn't make a powerlink (yet) for the ten speed chains, but all is not lost. Wipperman does make one, you can get either a chain or just the link by itself. It works much like the PowerLink, only difference is that it's only designed to go on one direction. The link as sort of a convex "bump" on the the top and a concave "dip" on the bottom when correctly mounted. Mounted the wrong way around it will tend to ride up and skip on the 11 and 12 cogs. I've got one on my Moto, love it. Makes it much easier to pull the chain for a good cleaning, especially since you really are not supposed to reuse pins in the 10 speed chains. (and having a chain suddenly let go is a good way to get familiar with your local ER Crew).

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Thanks for the response. So it looks like I can buy a Whipperman chain, which comes with a quick release link, or buy the Whipperman link and put it on my Shimano chain. But I can't buy the Powerlink because they don't make one for the 10 speed. That's what I needed to know.

I guess I got the run around from my local, and trusted, bike mechanic. He said there was not a quick release link for the 10 speed. So I bought some Shimano pins. Guess he didn't know about the Whipperman, or didn't think that was the way to go.

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Buy 2 Wipperman links and carry the spare with you, because if you try to use a pin (if the Wipperman lets loose for some reason) you'll have to remove another link first and the chain will be too tight to shift into some of the lower gears.
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