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Old 06-08-07, 08:07 AM
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Choose my 9 speed chain

My friend says "Pick me up a new chain"
She runs 9 speed Shimano Ultegra

Shimano makes a bunch of 9 speed chains, as do other companies.
Is there really a difference? Spend the money or go low end? Or get the one in the middle that's "just right"

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Shimano makes a chain specifically for the Ultegra gruppo. Get that one if she hasn't expressed any preference.
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I'd go with a SRAM chain, either the 951 or 971. From my experience they last longer than Shimano chains. And they come with a Powerlink connector link, which is a HUGE plus-
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Get the Nashbar chain. Shifts great, and if you get extra long recumbent or tandem 9spd chain, you get two for the price of one.
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Originally Posted by well biked
I'd go with a SRAM chain, either the 951 or 971. From my experience they last longer than Shimano chains. And they come with a Powerlink connector link, which is a HUGE plus-

951 or 971: The difference being?
I'll still need a chain tool to shorten it, right? Mine is from the 70s so I guess I'll need a new one.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
951 or 971: The difference being?
Um, 20?

OK, I don't really know the difference, but I just wanted to second the SRAM w/powerlink suggestion. It's what I use (I think the 971, because, well, just because) and I've been happy with it.
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Shimano HG-90, which is the Ultegra/XT level chain. That's what I mainly run. SRAMs 951 (?) are great as well, sometimes I catch them on sale.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
951 or 971: The difference being?
I'll still need a chain tool to shorten it, right? Mine is from the 70s so I guess I'll need a new one.
Functionally, there's no difference. The 971 is probably more shiny. Someone mentioned Nashbar nine speed chains also. The one I've used from Nashbar is the "Nashbar nine speed chain by KMC." Sometimes you can find it in stock, sometimes not. It comes with a connector link virtually identical to the SRAM link. It's also an excellent chain, personally I like it better than Shimano chains, too. Shimano chains seem to me to be the least durable and they don't come with a re-usable connector link, I see no reason to buy them. The idea of buying the Nashbar tandem chain to get two-for-one sounds like a good one, too. Do those come with a re-usable connector link?

Yes, you'll need a chain tool to size the chain-
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only the best for my baby!

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Agree and to add the Shimano pin system s**ks. If you do not install just so a disaster will ensue.
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Originally Posted by well biked
The idea of buying the Nashbar tandem chain to get two-for-one sounds like a good one, too. Do those come with a re-usable connector link?

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Yes.
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Originally Posted by San Rensho
Get the Nashbar chain. Shifts great, and if you get extra long recumbent or tandem 9spd chain, you get two for the price of one.

Thats clever!
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Originally Posted by well biked
I'd go with a SRAM chain, either the 951 or 971. From my experience they last longer than Shimano chains. And they come with a Powerlink connector link, which is a HUGE plus-

+1. I've been running SRAM for >7 years on various mountain bikes and they are great chains. The reuseable Powerlink makes assembly and disassembly in seconds using only two fingers.
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