Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

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mk1markfalkirk
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Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

Postby mk1markfalkirk » Mon Mar 04, 2013 19:19 pm

Today I fitted a new 10 speed SRAM chain to my Shimano 10 speed group-set, 20 minutes ago my chain snapped and nearly took my ankle with it!

The pin was still in the "male" side of the chain but came out by hand when I inspected it roadside.
I never used the SRAM "powerlock" to join the chain, just did it with a normal link using my chain-tool.

Anything I should know about the joining of these chains? I'm certain I took care the first time I joined it and don't want it to come apart again.

Thanks in advance, Mark

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Sandyballs
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Re: Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

Postby Sandyballs » Mon Mar 04, 2013 19:42 pm

Yes, use the supplied powerlock. For the record you can reuse them although SRAM say don't. i have undone and used again over 10 times now without fail. There was a great big thread on it. Out of curiosity why did you not use it?

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Re: Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

Postby mk1markfalkirk » Mon Mar 04, 2013 20:07 pm

I used it at first then decided the chain was too long, so I removed it and didn't want to re-use it because I read it would fail, thanks for the info though I'll go install it now!

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Re: Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

Postby mk1markfalkirk » Mon Mar 04, 2013 20:42 pm

Just checked and I damaged the powerlock when I removed it the first time, does that mean buying a pack of powerlinks? or is there any other way of joining the chain?

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Re: Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

Postby amaferanga » Mon Mar 04, 2013 20:47 pm

Buy a KMC Missing Link instead of the SRAM Powerlink. It's designed to be removed and reused and will work fine with the SRAM chain.

As you've discovered you can't re-insert pins on a 10 speed chain so you'll need a joining link of some kind.
More problems but still living....

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Sandyballs
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Re: Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

Postby Sandyballs » Mon Mar 04, 2013 21:31 pm

I am a convert to KMC chains and use there links on my other bikes, if you do not want to buy the removal pliers on here not long ago was a top tip on removal.

With the split link at the 3 o'clock position of the chainring as you look at it move the bottom half of the chain around one tooth so that the split link now sticks out at 90 degrees. Give it a tap, i used a pair of pliers and it will give way.

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Re: Chain snapped SRAM 10sp

Postby toasted whippet » Tue Mar 05, 2013 21:54 pm

I did this 25 minutes before a race at Hillingdon last weekend, as I noticed a chain problem and had no tools. Tip worked perfectly, I completed the race fine.


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