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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:16 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi all

I have a project bike which is a gt i drive 5 and I now need a chain for it been looking at sram pc971 or pc991 but they seem to have mixed reviews any ideas people????

Thank Ryan :D


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:29 pm 
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kmc X9L. Very good chains, I run kmc chains on all of my bikes, i have used the top end X9SL chains, but to be honest they're not really worth the extra cash over the X9L.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:30 pm 
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X9sl is £30 at crc at the moment isnt it?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:36 pm 
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cyfa2809 wrote:
X9sl is £30 at crc at the moment isnt it?
don't know the price @ crc, but normal rrp is about £50 IIRC. If they are £30 then it's probably worth the extra few quid. My last X9L was about £17 I think, not sure what they are now


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:37 pm 
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I paid £26 for my sl from ebay months ago now. Not put much use on it.
I find any chain works for me, i normally go for sram due to cost band went with the kmc one for bling!
Also used ybn with no trouble.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:45 pm 
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Nothing wrong with the cheap grey Kmc chains either.

Only a tenner, if like me your not into bling or lightweight.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:30 pm 
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Anything other than Shimano! :lol: They are very smooth but seem to have very short lives.

Beyond the bottom of the range one from any others, all you pay for is the cosmetics and a miniscule weight saving. Avoid the very bottom ones as they usually aren't hardened.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:53 am 
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I find there is nothing wrong with the KMC x9 silver RRP £22 but I sell for £16 as do many others I think.

Durable is all you want in a chain.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:30 pm 
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KMC for me

I won't touch SRAM after my last SRAM PC1 lasted all of 3 weeks before falling the wrong side of 0.75 wear

My current KMC on my single speed hasn't shown any wear since the intial 'stretch' the 1st week of use...thats 2 months use so far :)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:14 pm 
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kmc x9 are awesome chains. i have one on my dh bike and it has taken some grief. iv snapped 2 sram chains before so i avoid them now. kmc all the way :D


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