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Are SRAM PowerLinks Reusable?

Old 05-14-11, 11:40 AM
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Are SRAM PowerLinks Reusable?

I'm using SRAM Power Links on my 9 sp and 10 sp chains. I frequently remove the chain for cleaning.

I normally break the link with a pair of pliers and use them over and over for the life of the life of the chain .

The package for the 10 sp link (black) says that the link needs to be broken with a chain tool, and is not reusable. Is this the case? If so, why?

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Old 05-14-11, 11:43 AM
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I believe some other company holds a patent on removable ten-speed links. SRAM doesn't want to pay licensing fees.

Fwiw, I reuse nine speed links routinely. I do not yet own any ten speed gear.
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Old 05-14-11, 01:42 PM
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I reuse mine (9-speed)... often. No problems that I can see.

Oh, and after chewing up my fingers getting those links to unlink, which always seems to take too long, I got the Park tool for this job. Yeah it was $14 but boom it works instantly just like you think it should. No more torn up (or dirty) fingers.
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Old 05-14-11, 01:44 PM
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The 10-speed PowerLock is not supposed to be re-used.
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Originally Posted by ianstock View Post
The package for the 10 sp link (black) says that the link needs to be broken with a chain tool, and is not reusable. Is this the case? If so, why?
IMO you should accept the manufacturer's warning. If you must have a reusable link, try Wipperman or Superlink (the patent holder).
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Old 05-14-11, 01:52 PM
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I have no idea how many times I have reused my 10 speed powerlinks with out ever having an issue with one.
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Old 05-14-11, 02:06 PM
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Per a posting here from a bike shop employee, relaying what he was told by the SRAM rep, the 10s PowerLOCK, is not to be reused WITH A DIFFERENT CHAIN.
Reusing with *one* chain is OK.
i.e. the link has the same life expectancy as a chain.

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Old 05-14-11, 02:39 PM
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Yeah, it works fine, and you can use it with another chain. I've run ten-speed PowerLocks across multiple chains without trouble. You do want the Park tool to make it easier.
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Old 05-16-11, 02:54 PM
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As others have said, maybe too subtly: The 10 speed version is called a Power LOCK, not Power LINK. It is intended by the manufacturer as one time use, but many claim they re-use them without problems.
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Old 05-16-11, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Per a posting here from a bike shop employee, relaying what he was told by the SRAM rep, the 10s PowerLOCK, is not to be reused WITH A DIFFERENT CHAIN.
Reusing with *one* chain is OK.
i.e. the link has the same life expectancy as a chain.
Honestly, that's the dumbest thing i've heard on bikeforums this year. Your sram rep has no ****ing idea what he's talking about, no offense.
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Old 05-16-11, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Honestly, that's the dumbest thing i've heard on bikeforums this year. Your sram rep has no ****ing idea what he's talking about, no offense.
OK, so what is correct, can you reuse the PowerLock with its original chain or not at all? And, if not at all, why?
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Old 05-16-11, 08:30 PM
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SRAM only came out with the Powerlock to do an end run around Robert Lickton's Superlink patent for a *reusable* link.
I'll be damned if I'm going to throw away a perfectly good $5 part every time I want to remove my chain.
The Park MLP-1 takes it off easily with no damage.
The patent expires in two years, so hopefully after that we can be rid of this nonsense, and maybe even Campy and Shimano will join the 21st century with master links.
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Old 05-17-11, 04:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
SRAM only came out with the Powerlock to do an end run around Robert Lickton's Superlink patent for a *reusable* link.
I'll be damned if I'm going to throw away a perfectly good $5 part every time I want to remove my chain.
The Park MLP-1 takes it off easily with no damage.
+1. But I would prefer not to have to use a tool. If/when I go 10-speed, I will look around for a chain with a removeable link that removes by hand like the Powerlink does. The ability to remove/reinstall by hand saved my ride on Sunday. It'll be a shame if the move to 10-speed takes that ability away from us.
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Old 05-17-11, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Honestly, that's the dumbest thing i've heard on bikeforums this year. Your sram rep has no ****ing idea what he's talking about, no offense.
There is actually something to that. The powerlink will wear along with the rest of the chain. Moving it to a new chain could cause problems. You would have a chain with one worn link and a bunch of good ones. It would be clunky and could damage your cassette.
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
+1. But I would prefer not to have to use a tool. If/when I go 10-speed, I will look around for a chain with a removeable link that removes by hand like the Powerlink does. The ability to remove/reinstall by hand saved my ride on Sunday. It'll be a shame if the move to 10-speed takes that ability away from us.
Wippermann's Conex links are easily removable by hand for reuse and, apparently don't violate the Lickton patent as they are available in 8, 9 and 10-speed widths. I've had excellent results with Wippermann chains and the Conex links and have used both their 9 and 10-speed chains.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Wippermann's Conex links are easily removable by hand for reuse and, apparently don't violate the Lickton patent as they are available in 8, 9 and 10-speed widths. I've had excellent results with Wippermann chains and the Conex links and have used both their 9 and 10-speed chains.
+1 for the Wippermann (9sp in my case, switched to it from SRRAM link).

Be aware that they can be installed in two orientation, one is correct and the other is not.
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Originally Posted by kamtsa View Post
+1 for the Wippermann (9sp in my case, switched to it from SRRAM link).

Be aware that they can be installed in two orientation, one is correct and the other is not.
Correct but Wippermann's instruction sheet is very explicit as to how they should be oriented.
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Old 05-17-11, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Correct but Wippermann's instruction sheet is very explicit as to how they should be oriented.
Expliciticity is in the eye of the beholder

I would add an explicit note or a warning but I think we already discussed it last year ;-)

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post10479977
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
+1. But I would prefer not to have to use a tool. If/when I go 10-speed, I will look around for a chain with a removeable link that removes by hand like the Powerlink does. The ability to remove/reinstall by hand saved my ride on Sunday. It'll be a shame if the move to 10-speed takes that ability away from us.
Get a KMC chain.
Their "Missing Link" is just like a Superlink/Powerlink.
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