Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

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Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby flester » Tue May 14, 2013 08:54 am

Got new shimano 7-speed cassette something like this http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... lID=104619

and have ordered SRAM 7/8 speed chain. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=26313

Are these likely to be compatible?
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby nicklouse » Tue May 14, 2013 08:55 am

yes
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby flester » Thu May 16, 2013 10:08 am

Can I join a new SRAM chain in the old fashioned way using a chain rivet tool? I've never had a chain break using this method, except on a very old worn chain. Or do I have to use the power link?
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby nicklouse » Thu May 16, 2013 10:14 am

no, sram chains do not come with a pin.
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby flester » Thu May 16, 2013 13:26 pm

Well, it was super-easy to fit the chain with powerlink so did not need the chain tool.

What I was getting at was that in oldfashioned times (e.g. when my town bike was made in early 90's), all pins on the chain were the same and you could fit or remove any of them with a chain tool. Same procedure you'd use to add or remove links.

The system worked: you never needed to carry/buy any special links or pins, once you had a chain tool. Looks like could still do that if I had to on the new chain. I am impressed with the ease of fitting with the powerlink, hopefully it is as good at staying on.
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby nicklouse » Thu May 16, 2013 13:29 pm

flester wrote:What I was getting at was that in oldfashioned times (e.g. when my town bike was made in early 90's), all pins on the chain were the same and you could fit or remove any of them with a chain tool. Same procedure you'd use to add or remove links.


and even then it was not really the right way as even back then there were connecting pins.

before indexed gears you could happly do what ever you wanted though. so maybe your early 90s bike was on the cusp of it.
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby flester » Thu May 16, 2013 14:27 pm

Yep its probably got more critical now with 9, 10, 11(?)speed cassettes. Back in the day, you had to get a special 'narrow' chain for those fancy 6-speed cassettes ('freewheels'). Yet the basic structure of the chain is the same since 1880 or so.
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby flester » Fri Dec 06, 2013 20:55 pm

how do you open these powerlink thingies? I have SRAM one on one bike and the Shimano equivalent on the other. The Shimano one was pretty hard to get on. Can you put a SRAM link on a Shimano chain?
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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby Sandyballs » Sat Dec 07, 2013 16:39 pm

There are special pliers on sale but if you do not to spend money put the power link at the 3 o'clock position on your crank. Move the bottom part of the chain along one tooth until the power link now stinks out at an angle. Check which way the posts need to slide and tap appropriatly with a plastic mallet and it will come apart.

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Re: Shimano cassette and SRAM chain?

Postby Mercia Man » Sat Dec 07, 2013 20:54 pm

flester wrote:Well, it was super-easy to fit the chain with powerlink so did not need the chain tool.

What I was getting at was that in oldfashioned times (e.g. when my town bike was made in early 90's), all pins on the chain were the same and you could fit or remove any of them with a chain tool. Same procedure you'd use to add or remove links.

The system worked: you never needed to carry/buy any special links or pins, once you had a chain tool. Looks like could still do that if I had to on the new chain. I am impressed with the ease of fitting with the powerlink, hopefully it is as good at staying on.


There is no problem joining a SRAM 7/8 speed chain in the traditional way using a chain tool. It's something I do regularly on bikes which need a longer chain than standard such as my wife's electric bike and our tandem. I fit Campag 9 speed chains on my tourer and those have never come with a joining link. Again I shorten them to length with a chain tool and rejoin in the traditional way. I make sure I join them carefully and have never suffered breakages.

However, if chains come with a link, I always use it. And I save joining links from old chains to carry with me in case of problems on the road. The advice given above about moving chain up one link to make a V on chainring and then tapping the point of V sharply with a hammer to undo it is spot on. It works perfectly. No need to buy a fancy tool.


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