David B wrote:
Thank you everybody for the replies suggestions. This is what I've concluded, all subject to change if further suggestions / advise is received:
Wipperman / Connex chain seems to be the way the to go, so I'll try one of those. I assume that the 8sX is just a slightly better version of he 808?
Still wondering about chainrings. Maybe TA rings are worth a closer look? They look quite similar to the design of the originals?
The Wippermann 8sx is the stainless steel version of the 808, and is about double the price as a consequence. But its major shininess will suit the chainrings well if you go for TA ones with their high-polish finish! Personally I'd go for TA rings regardless of matching the original design - the excellent workmanship and long lifespan justify the high price.
Usual disclaimer (no connection with the firm other than as a satisfied customer, blah, blah, blah) but worth pointing out that Wiggle currently have the Wippermann 808 chain on offer at £12.59 (post free in UK). Just bought one in anticipation of the next cyclo-cross season .
 Yes, I'm still
racing on 8-speed kit. Seems to stand up better to the rigours of off-road, having witnessed other riders' 9- and 10-speed chains snap on a few occasions mid-event. Modern derailleurs with fancy carbon bits also seem to come to grief fairly often in cyclo-cross.
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