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Sram power links

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Elmer Fudd, 3 Sep 2007.

  1. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Can these be fitted to a Shimano chain and which one if you can ? I think its a CH-HG50 chain as it's on a 21 speed hybrid.

    TIA

    Elmer
     
  2. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Location:
    Deal, Kent
    yes you can.
    you will need a 7 speed one.
     
  3. Do SRAM make a 7-speed chain ?

    I thought 6, 7 & 8 all used the same chain, it's just 9 & 10 which are narrower.
     
  4. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    The 7 speed SRAM links always used to be plain metal colour (silver).
     
  5. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Cheers Chris42 and Tim. Would this make life a lot easier when I split my chain for it's first clean up in a year :ohmy: for more frequent clean ups considering I was bought up on the old three part split links ? I'd rather have a couple of links in me rucksak than a chain splitter then can't find the Shimano rivets in the bottom of me bag.
     
  6. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    See also the SRAM FAQ

    Of course SRAM don't recommend using their links on Shimano chains - but they would say that wouldn't they? :ohmy: Loads of people do it and I've never heard of a problem.
     
  7. Johnny Thin

    Johnny Thin New Member

    I wouldn't use them - mine keep snapping unexpectedly. This happened to me last Friday when I didn't have any spares, luckily found a shop nearby. They gave me a different sort with 2 pins on the same side which you bend towards you to clip the plate in opposite.
     
  8. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    They sound like the Sigma ones that I've been using over the past couple of years (cost a couple of quid for a pack of two)
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    I've used the SRAM ones with no problems but now I'm used to the Sigma ones I prefer them (though unlike SRAM you should only use them once).
     
  9. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    You've been very unlucky! I have never heard of any others round here that have failed on either mtbs or road bikes over the past 10 years. Infact, chain 'snapping' has become a thing of the past since using SRAM links, as there is no weakening associated with removing the chain for periodic cleaning.
     
  10. Johnny Thin

    Johnny Thin New Member

    Yep, them's them.

    It's happened 3x since I started using them 3 yrs ago - twice on the same ride! Other non SRAM-linked chains have snapped when they were coming up for replacement.
     
  11. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    As a matter of interest where did they fail? Did the pin come out or did they break through the plate?
     
  12. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    Chains fail for loads of reasons, i would be really interested to see if the powerlink failed or if the chain failed at the powerlink.
    There is a difference
     
  13. I've run SRAM chains with powerlinks on 7sp MTB and 8sp road & TT bikes, and KMC chain with missing link on 10sp for several years without any problem.

    The only time I've had a chain fail it was a Shimano one, at the joining pin and I assumed I'd not put it in right...
     
  14. I'm so glad I had one tonight (SRAM Powerlink);fitted a new chain, oiled up and tested the gears 'there's a funny ratchety noise!'. When I fitted the chain back I had missed on of the guides for the jockey wheels:blush:, at least the power link allowed me to quickly correct it.