Best 10 speed chain

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Best 10 speed chain

Postby Mr Dog » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:46 am

Currently run a mix of ultegra and 105. Have used a few chains;
105 - good
Dura Ace 7901 - very noisey
Wippermann S1 - good

About to put a KMC X10sl on the winter bike. Need a good chain for the last days of summer on my best steed. Any recommendations?
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby danmitch » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:35 pm

There is a very good comprehensive review in Tour Magazine at http://www.tour-qtr.com/epaper_4_2011

My personal preference would be for the Ultegra.

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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby Mr Dog » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:45 pm

Thanks Dan. Great link really appreciated.
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby gabriel959 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:48 pm

Yes, Ultegra and 105 chains seem the best from that test.
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby jordan_217 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 13:01 pm

gabriel959 wrote:Yes, Ultegra and 105 chains seem the best from that test.


and those are the two that have snapped on me :? Never had a problem with SRAM or KMC.
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby mrdsgs » Fri Oct 05, 2012 13:17 pm

KMC x10SL about £45 in Uk or £26 direct from Taiwan.

Gold or silver colour, Quick link included, work with SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo

I swear by them and have loads!

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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby Superbalicious » Fri Oct 05, 2012 16:49 pm

My ultegra chain snapped on my first ride on my new bike, the day after I collected it from my LBS. They fit a KMC chain, silver I think, and its been fine since.
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby gin0rm0 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 17:05 pm

Used KMC X10 SL and Dura Ace and both nice chains. Found the Dura Ace to be quieter for me (Ultegra cassette). My Dad does loads of miles and chooses Dura Ace as he says they last longer than KMC.

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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby foggymike » Fri Oct 05, 2012 19:12 pm

KMC X10sl for me on my good bike. I think it's much quiter and lasts at least as long as the shimano ones. Worth the extra IMO.

I use 105 chains with a KMC link on my winter bike. Snapping chains only ever seems to happen with Shimano pin links. Not the one sided chains though, much too noisy - no wonder they are moving away from those with the new D-A groupset.

Either way worn chains go in the bin not on another bike :wink:

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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby maddog 2 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 19:29 pm

X10SL from ebay seller bi_king £26 posted (couple of weeks from Taiwan)
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby mamba80 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 07:36 am

DA 7801 chains from Bike-discount, 28 euros - the best chain ever.
join using a kmc link or Shimano pin - 1000s of miles on these over the years and never had any issues.

I dont like the newer slotted chains, mainly as all they do is hold the dirt etc and make cleaning a pia.

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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby northpole » Sat Oct 06, 2012 07:39 am

X10SL is my favourite - super smooth and reliable/ long lasting.

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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby Mr Dog » Sat Oct 06, 2012 14:32 pm

Thanks all. Just ordered two X10SL's from Ribble, £35.96 each. Now I just need something to help me get up these hills a little faster .. better heart, lungs, legs etc :wink:
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby nathancom » Sat Oct 06, 2012 15:23 pm

That test really didn't like SRAM chains...I thought they generally had a very good reputation.

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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby Mr Dog » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:09 am

Had a SRAM chain on my mtb. It was the last I ever bought.
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Re: Best 10 speed chain

Postby northpole » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:38 am

I have a SRAM on my campag equipped bike - it's not one of their top ones and was only bought in an emergency. This thread has reminded me to replace it and I'll be trying the kmc x11sl which I hope will be as good as the x10sl has been.

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