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SRAM powerlink a pain to remove?

Old 11-15-11, 07:03 PM
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SRAM powerlink a pain to remove?

I've got a new SRAM PC-1070 chain with black powerlink. The chain is brand new with no miles. I want to remove it because the chain length is a little off(needs to cut two links). Now, this black powerlink is such a pain to remove. I know the so called trick: squeeze the black plates and push the adjacent links towards each other. I only wish it's this easy. My thumb and index fingers are just about to come off, no luck to move the rivets closer. I recall my old 9spd SRAM chain powerlink was a piece of cake to remove. What happened with PC-1070?

Any other tricks to remove the PC-1070 powerlink?
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Old 11-15-11, 07:09 PM
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Simple. Hold a pair of pliers at a slight angle to each side of the powerlink so that the opposing side can slide through when you squeeze the pliers closed. Super easy and I reuse my powerlinks for the life of each chain.
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Old 11-15-11, 07:14 PM
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Park Tool Mlp-1 Master Link Pliers

$13.95
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Old 11-15-11, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by lpolliard View Post
Park Tool Mlp-1 Master Link Pliers

$13.95
^^^This
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The SRAM 10 speed "Powerlinks" are actually called "Powerlocks" because they were designed to be non-removeable. Ofcourse the above suggestions are 100% capable of taking them off, they just really can't be removed by hand, you need to use some type of tool.

Err I mean HTFU and push HARDER!
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Old 11-15-11, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by lpolliard View Post
Park Tool Mlp-1 Master Link Pliers

$13.95
+(another)1 for these. i was reluctant to buy a set of pliers for a single infrequent task...but it's definitely worth it. the contrast of how hard it is by hand and how easy it is with the pliers is pretty funny.
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Old 11-15-11, 08:25 PM
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The best way to remove the master link is to replace the whole chain with KMC
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Old 11-15-11, 09:44 PM
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I completely agree with the above comment. I had a KMC that I wore out. Bike shop ordered the wrong chain gave me a SRAM PC-1070 at a hefty discount as compensation. I have never had so much trouble from a damn chain. I will never use another SRAM chain again. Not to mention the powerlink really is a pain in the ass.
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Old 11-15-11, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Aero-X View Post
I've got a new SRAM PC-1070 chain with black powerlink. The chain is brand new with no miles. I want to remove it because the chain length is a little off(needs to cut two links). Now, this black powerlink is such a pain to remove. I know the so called trick: squeeze the black plates and push the adjacent links towards each other. I only wish it's this easy. My thumb and index fingers are just about to come off, no luck to move the rivets closer. I recall my old 9spd SRAM chain powerlink was a piece of cake to remove. What happened with PC-1070?

Any other tricks to remove the PC-1070 powerlink?
Just buy some cheap needle-nose pliers (which comes in handy for many things other than removing chains) at the HW store. I keep one in my S&S travel box when I travel with my bike to remove the KMC Campagnolo 11 speed chain, which is similar to the SRAM Powerlink.

Or you can get a link removal tool as others recommended but happens to be a lot more expensive and can only be used for one purpose.
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Also, after the SRAM chain wears out, look into alternatives like the KMC DX10SC, which is arguably superior in many ways being that it is usually cheaper than SRAM chains and comes with an easy-to-remove quick link.
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Old 11-15-11, 11:16 PM
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Just use a cheap pair of needle noes pliers as stated above ^^^^
No need to waste money on some "special" tool.
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Old 11-15-11, 11:52 PM
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funny this was posted, i was trying to remove the KMC link and i was so pissed i ended up just popping a link off
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