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Old 09-25-10, 04:54 PM
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Half link chains

What are the pros and cons when used on a SS? are they better (in your opinion) than a regular chain? Thanks in advance.
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Never used them, only installed them on customer bikes
Pro: chain length adjustment in smaller increments
Con: price and availability
Not better than a regular chain from a practical standpoint IMO.
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seems like they might wear faster

I have no proof of this
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They are noticeably heavier than a regular chain, despite their effort to try to lighten them with hollow pins, hollow plates, they still weigh a ton.

I used to have a Gusset half link chain on my BMX but never on my fixed gear that chain stretched and wore a lot quicker than a regular chain, however, this is because BMX drive trains are a lot smaller than a fixed gear...23/9 vs 44/17 etc etc. I've yet to put a half link chain on my fixed gear though, if you do I would recommend using Interlock V2...they are tough as hell.

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From what I understand, they'll be heavier, stretch more, and possibly more expensive. A standard chain with a half link will give you extra adjustability if needed, without those cons.
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REALLY heavy. I definetly would just use a standard 1/8th full link chain. Half links aren't worth the weight, stretch and price.
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Originally Posted by frankenmike View Post
Pro: chain length adjustment in smaller increments
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Really? I'm pretty sure a single half link will give you the same adjustment as 3 or 250 half links.

Half link chains are made for BMX riders who grind on stuff and catch their outer link plates on whatever they're ginding on. With a half link chain, all the plates face rearward and don't get hung up and torn apart. Otherwise they's just for looks I think.
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Heavy, very heavy. I used one for a while and sold it.
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REALLY heavy. I definetly would just use a standard 1/8th full link chain. Half links aren't worth the weight, stretch and price.
I spoke to a friend of mine that has one on his bike and he mentioned all of the above, even rode his bike over so I can see for myself. He told me he would tighten the chain before he left the house and it should be loose (streched) by the time he got to my house....he was right. We did the same from my house back to his and sure enough it was streched again, he had to remove a ****ing link to get the right fit! Havn't talked to him today but I'm sure it streched agian. Thanks to all that replied, you saved me a from a great let down.
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just buy a half link

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They cut off half as much of your thumb as a standard chain when you get snagged between your chain and cog.
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