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Difference Between SRAM PC1090, 1090R, & 1070

Old 10-02-07, 01:27 PM
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Difference Between SRAM PC1090, 1090R, & 1070

Okay...what's the difference between these three SRAM 10 Speed Power Chains?

SRAM PC 1090
SRAM PC 1090R
SRAM PC 1070

They are all recommended for 10 speed grouping. SRAM's website only gives a weight for the 1070 as 257 grams for 114 links. No weights for the other models. All are hollow pin construction. All have the Powerlink. The only difference I can find on their website is that the inner plate on the PC-1090 is nickle-silver and the PC-1070 is gray. What kind of difference is that?

So...what's the scoop??
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Old 10-03-07, 04:39 AM
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Maybe the 1090R is for Red, 1090 for Force and 1070 for Rival
or some variation. List of retail prices might help. The Brits
want upwards of $60 for a 1090R.
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Originally Posted by Blue-Shamu View Post
Okay...what's the difference between these three SRAM 10 Speed Power Chains?

SRAM PC 1090
SRAM PC 1090R
SRAM PC 1070

They are all recommended for 10 speed grouping. SRAM's website only gives a weight for the 1070 as 257 grams for 114 links. No weights for the other models. All are hollow pin construction. All have the Powerlink. The only difference I can find on their website is that the inner plate on the PC-1090 is nickle-silver and the PC-1070 is gray. What kind of difference is that?

So...what's the scoop??
i would like to know the same for the 9 speed chains.
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1090 chains are nickel plated
1090R has cutouts and weighs 265g (probably, an error)

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On the SRAM website the written blurb is the same for all three chains
and their weights are either 255 or 257 gr depending on which one
you look at. Color variances from the nickel plating seemed to be the
only other distinguishing characteristic beyond the numerical designation.
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From a phone conversation with a SRAM Tech Rep: (and provided my memory isn't screwing this up)

The 1070 is basically their low end chain, the 1090 is their mid-grade chain, and the 1090R is their performance chain. They consider the 1090 a stronger chain because the 1090R has the cut-outs in the outer plates.

Thanks for the help, everybody. Hope this helps us all.
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Anyone know if these 10 speed SRAM chains can be used with 9 speed drivetrains?

Thanks.
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1090r has cutout and hollow pins, they sell 9 speed and 8 speed chains as well.
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Originally Posted by Bnjmn View Post
Anyone know if these 10 speed SRAM chains can be used with 9 speed drivetrains?

Thanks.
Do you want the correct answer, or the "fucntional" incorrect answer?
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