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Old 02-03-11, 05:53 PM
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KMC missing link w/sram 10 speed chain

Is this possible? bad idea? As I understand it the masterlink on the SRAM chainset is one time use.
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Old 02-03-11, 05:58 PM
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Pick up a pair of Park MLP-1 and you can remove/re-install the SRAM Powerlock easily.
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Old 02-03-11, 06:05 PM
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The Sram Power Link is a link that can be removed and re-attached several times -- but to only 1 chain. Always use a new Power Link when you go to a new chain. The KMC Missing Link IMO should be used in a similar way. The links are too cheap to run for a long time with multiple chains.
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Old 02-03-11, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by TLCFORBIKES View Post
The Sram Power Link is a link that can be removed and re-attached several times -- but to only 1 chain. Always use a new Power Link when you go to a new chain. The KMC Missing Link IMO should be used in a similar way. The links are too cheap to run for a long time with multiple chains.
I assume you mean the link should be discarded when the chain it's on is worn out, not that the link can't be used on several chains as long as the total mileage on it is reasonable.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
I assume you mean the link should be discarded when the chain it's on is worn out, not that the link can't be used on several chains as long as the total mileage on it is reasonable.
The first two sentences should make it clear that I feel that you can install/remove a Power Link from a Sram chain several times. If you want to use a different chain - then use a different Power Link. You get a new Power Link with the purchase of each Sram chain. If you use a KMC Missing Link I feel you should use it the same way you would use a Power Link -- install a new link whenever you go to a new chain.
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Master link pins wear the same as all the other pins on the chain, so it's best to keep the link married to the original chain for life. Of course it's a slow process so there's some fudge room if you mix pins and chains of similar age.

OTOH- given the costs and other factors involved I don't see why you'd want to mix them.
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Old 05-14-11, 10:12 PM
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sram power link is painful,,KMC missing link is sweet,,
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Old 05-15-11, 12:17 AM
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Because the 10-speed SRAM chains are quite narrow, I'd stick with their own connecting link. Somewhere I have a photo of a SRAM chain with a KMC link... lessee here...


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PowerLock on the left, KMC on the right. I don't like the amount of gap you get with the KMC link on the SRAM chain.
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Old 05-15-11, 01:14 AM
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^^^ Great post!

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Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
Because the 10-speed SRAM chains are quite narrow, I'd stick with their own connecting link. Somewhere I have a photo of a SRAM chain with a KMC link... lessee here...


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PowerLock on the left, KMC on the right. I don't like the amount of gap you get with the KMC link on the SRAM chain.
Assuming the Missing Link is closed correctly, that picture seems to imply that an SRAM powerlock isn't wide enough to work on a KMC chain.
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There are differences in the width across the inner plates, even though all modern chains now have the same 5.9mm outer width. Campy and SRAM are about .1mm narrower than the other brands. KMC links also tend to have a sloppy fit, with more side clearance than the other links. A proper fit only produces .1-.2mm of clearance between the inner and outer plates. Combine a KMC with a SRAM or Campy chain and you're likely to have .3-.4mm.
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Old 05-15-11, 10:30 AM
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I'm using a SRAM link with a Campy 10s chain right now.
I originally installed the chain new with a Superlink.
But after only a few hundred miles, the Superlink wore so badly on the pins
that I could hear/feel it going through around the cogs and chainrings.
I had a SRAM link in stock, so I tried it and found it worked like a charm.
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Old 08-15-11, 11:57 AM
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Just pulled a chain off a bike to give it a good cleaning. Seems like the Power Lock is not meant to be re-used, but also seems like it CAN be re-used with the same chain. This chain only has a few hundred km's on it, original link from the chain.

Question:

I can't get the PL to re-seat. I'm trying to do this by hand. Any suggestions? I have the Park MPL-1 pliers but can't see how those could be used to install it (I did use them to uninstall).

I use a KMC Missing Link with Campagnolo chains on my other bikes and those go right back on with ease, just using my hands.

What am I missing?
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Old 08-15-11, 12:03 PM
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MLP-1 is only for *removal*.

Position the chain with the PL in the middle of the upper half.
Step on pedal to tension chain.
It will snap right in.
I often to this by just striking the pedal with my fist when the bike is hanging on a wall rack.
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Old 08-15-11, 12:16 PM
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Got it! Thanks.

That was an easy solution. I've read about hitting the pedal and for some reason didn't think of it, but stepping on the pedal worked well.

Thanks!!
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