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Is there such a thing as a "light" 1/8" chain?

Old 09-24-08, 05:58 PM
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Is there such a thing as a "light" 1/8" chain?

I have 144 bcd cranks and I can only seem to find 1/8" chainrings that fit. I believe that 3/32" chains are considerably lighter and quieter, but I don't have the $$ to get a new crankset right now

Does anybody know who makes the lightest 1/8" width chain?
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Old 09-24-08, 06:18 PM
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KMC 710SL is pretty nice. Not sure about the weight specs though.
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Old 09-24-08, 06:21 PM
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the weight difference is minimal...
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Old 09-24-08, 06:32 PM
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You are wasting brain cells thinking about this.
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Old 09-24-08, 06:34 PM
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no chain weight is going to make or break your level of "fast"....
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Old 09-24-08, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
You are wasting brain cells thinking about this.
Agree. Always though trying to save weight on a chain was a bad idea. Now spending $600 on a nice wheelset is another story...
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Old 09-24-08, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Autobus View Post
I have 144 bcd cranks and I can only seem to find 1/8" chainrings that fit. I believe that 3/32" chains are considerably lighter and quieter, but I don't have the $$ to get a new crankset right now

Does anybody know who makes the lightest 1/8" width chain?
You don't need a new crankset. Just a new chainring/cog/chain. Omit whatever is already 3/32.
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Old 09-24-08, 07:03 PM
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just cut excess seatpost length! that'll get you to win that race!
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Old 09-24-08, 07:12 PM
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The links in the KMC Superlight has speed holes...

...and it's KOOL!!!

https://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=3492

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Old 09-24-08, 07:15 PM
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Cutting like half an inch of each side of your bars would have more of an effect than switching chain size. Or you just could remove one link from your current chain and MAGIC youve probably saved more weight already.
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Old 09-24-08, 07:17 PM
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I run the 710sl right now as pictured and it seems to work but I don't really trust it. I would just buy a regular chain and worry about weight in areas that are safer to mess with like wheels, bars/stem, etc. I'm going to pick up one of those 1/2 link bmx chains soon to be safe, you might give that a try too.
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Old 09-24-08, 08:29 PM
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1/8" drive trains are typically quieter than 3/32".

I'd never use 3/32" on a fixed gear anyway.
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Old 09-24-08, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by d-req View Post
I'm going to pick up one of those 1/2 link bmx chains soon to be safe, you might give that a try too.
half-link chains aren't any lighter, and they stretch quickly when used on a fixed-gear road bike.
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Originally Posted by neverjared View Post
1/8" drive trains are typically quieter than 3/32".

I'd never use 3/32" on a fixed gear anyway.
this is a dumb argument. why not. they're the same thing.
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Old 09-24-08, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by neverjared View Post
1/8" drive trains are typically quieter than 3/32".

I'd never use 3/32" on a fixed gear anyway.
Wrong.

And Wrong.

You couldn't make a more wrong post if you actually tried. A 3/32 drivetrain is quieter, faster, lighter and stronger.
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Old 09-24-08, 10:19 PM
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Wait. How am I wrong in saying I'd never use a 3/32" chain for a fixed gear? I mean I'm not. So who is wrong now? Ba-zing!
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Old 09-24-08, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Wrong.

And Wrong.

You couldn't make a more wrong post if you actually tried. A 3/32 drivetrain is quieter, faster, lighter and stronger.
FAIL!

Actually..
Both can be quiet. It really depends on your cog/chain/chain-ring/chain-line/tension setup.

1/8 is technically stronger because of more steel.
But seeing how the chain industry spends more R&D on 3/32 you could argue either way.

I definitely think 1/8 will be heavier, but it is negligible.

As for faster ...
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Old 09-25-08, 06:55 AM
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I use the K710SL and really like it for what it's worth. Never worry about it and think that it seems really strong. I don't see anything silly about giving some thought to the chain weight considering that it is rotation mass.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Wrong.

And Wrong.

You couldn't make a more wrong post if you actually tried. A 3/32 drivetrain is quieter, faster, lighter and stronger.
truth.
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Originally Posted by lymbzero View Post
1/8 is technically stronger because of more steel.
But seeing how the chain industry spends more R&D on 3/32 you could argue either way.
...
Bigger size does not necessarily mean more steel, nor does more steel necessarily mean stronger
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