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Old 05-13-16, 12:19 PM
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KMC Colored Chain

Anyone using one? Feedback?

Thinking of getting the BLUE/BLACK. I used to have the colored ones (SILVER-BLUE) on the 10SP but it was a little clunky compared to their top 10SP chains. However, these colored chains belong to the same series of which looks like their top chain group.




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Old 05-13-16, 12:59 PM
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Might as well get the gold one if you can afford it
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There must be a rule against them.
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I have the pink lady on my bike, looks good and does what it should.
X10SL Pink Lady » KMC Chain

That said, you don't really notice it unless you're right next to the bike. The guys at the shop find it comical tho.
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i love that EVO color. That was my favorite color scheme for that year. The ENVE wheel hub color is a mismatch to the bike. I guess that the reason why you got the PINK chain?

Having said that, I'm thinking of getting the TI NITRIDE GOLD for now and would match my Speedplay spindles color (GOLD). It's also actually cheaper by half.

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If you can deal with gold instead of the colored chains that's the most frugal choice. I finally got to the point that I have the gold on every road bike because I kept buying them when they were offered on forums for cheap ($15-$25).
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Colored? That's Racist!
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$145 for a chain!!!??? I don't care what kind of bike it is. That's an absurd price to pay for a chain, any chain.

The gold Titanium Nitride coating isn't worth it on a road bike chain. The coating doesn't do much and gets ripped off the sides of the chain from rasping against the sprockets when shifting. At $90 it it still a rediculous price to pay.
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$145 for a chain!!!???
You should shop around a little
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Originally Posted by ARPRINCE View Post
i love that EVO color. That was my favorite color scheme for that year. The ENVE wheel hub color is a mismatch to the bike. I guess that the reason why you got the PINK chain?

Having said that, I'm thinking of getting the TI NITRIDE GOLD for now and would match my Speedplay spindles color (GOLD). It's also actually cheaper by half.

For the sake of reference, there's more pink on the bike now. I considered blue hubs for the wheels, but didn't want everything to match. There's also the idea that my next bike (or maybe this bike in time) will be custom painted a dark glittery purple, which would work with the pink hubs.


I also considered the black/blue chain (to go with blue hubs) but it was over $100 and the pink could be had for $55 at the time, so pink it was. That said, I think you're making a good choice with the gold. I'm slowly converting all of mine over to gold. It just looks good on just about any bike.
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The gold Titanium Nitride coating isn't worth it on a road bike chain. The coating doesn't do much and gets ripped off the sides of the chain from rasping against the sprockets when shifting. At $90 it it still a rediculous price to pay.
I'm my experience the gold gets worn off the rollers quickly, but otherwise the side plates and pins tend to stay gold.

Also as mentioned earlier, I've been lucky picking up the gold chains for $15-$25 which is similar to the lowest retail prices for other chains.
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They make a cheaper version of the gold chain too, without the cutouts. Re: the color wearing off, I haven't had that problem and the chain is probably 6 months or so old, and still pretty dang gold.

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Ti Nitride treatment of steel does have benefits, But they may only be offering it for cosmetics on their chain.

Actual science https://www.researchgate.net/publica...orming_process

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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
$145 for a chain!!!??? I don't care what kind of bike it is. That's an absurd price to pay for a chain, any chain.

The gold Titanium Nitride coating isn't worth it on a road bike chain. The coating doesn't do much and gets ripped off the sides of the chain from rasping against the sprockets when shifting. At $90 it it still a rediculous price to pay.
I just saved you $100. C'mon now, no one pays retail for this stuff!
Amazon.com : KMC X10SL 10 Speed 116 Links Chain (Gold) : Bike Chains : Sports & Outdoors
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
I just saved you $100. C'mon now, no one pays retail for this stuff!
Amazon.com : KMC X10SL 10 Speed 116 Links Chain (Gold) : Bike Chains : Sports & Outdoors
when I see people complain about high prices of any goods, and they use MSRP as a basis for their complaint, I cannot accept anything they say as worthwhile information.
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here is blue for some idea
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Ti Nitride treatment of steel does have benefits, But they may only be offering it for cosmetics on their chain.
I figure these treated chains have to have shorter lives. All that Ti Nitride or what have you wears off and is going to wear things down.

I kind of don't get the point.
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here is blue for some idea
Very nice bike
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
You should shop around a little
Hey, I didn't post the link. The OP linked to the KMC site where it is $145.

I have a KMC SL710 1/8" track chain on my fixed gear bike. At $54 it was the most expensive chain I've ever purchased.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
I figure these treated chains have to have shorter lives.
nope, the opposite is true.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
nope, the opposite is true.
If the coating is softer than steel, it does nothing but foul lubricants at friction surfaces like pivots as it wears off.

If the coating is harder than steel, when it gets abraded off by the bending/unbending of pivots and at wear surfaces like rollers....it'll act as an abrasive in the rollers accelerating wear.


So why is the opposite true for anyone who rides their bike and doesn't worry about rust (AKA doing proper maintenance)? It seems to me it either does nothing than look pretty, or increases wear due to introducing abrasive contaminants to the system.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Hey, I didn't post the link. The OP linked to the KMC site where it is $145.
I didn't look at the link because I know which chains he was asking about. Rarely is MSRP the actual price that most people pay for anything.
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My experience is that titanium nitride coated chains have a shorter life. Note that I said experience.

Besides, they look like crap once the coating wears off the side from contact with the front derailleur and rear sprockets.

I hope no one on this thread takes my word for it because apparently nothing I say is worthwhile. Please walk into a bike shop and ask the mechanics about Titanium Nitride coated chains and see what they say.

I clearly know nothing about KMC chains.



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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
If the coating is softer than steel, it does nothing but foul lubricants at friction surfaces like pivots as it wears off.

If the coating is harder than steel, when it gets abraded off by the bending/unbending of pivots and at wear surfaces like rollers....it'll act as an abrasive in the rollers accelerating wear.


So why is the opposite true for anyone who rides their bike and doesn't worry about rust (AKA doing proper maintenance)?
Why is the opposite true? I really can't say, I'm just telling you what I have experienced in actual use. The finish doesn't wear off quickly.
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Originally Posted by FeltF2Tarmac View Post
Very nice bike
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