Are there different quality bike chains?

My experience suggests that the drivetrain manufacturers typically optimise their chain plate shapes to best match their own shifting ramps, and there is some difference, even if it’s difficult to detect. Shift quality is subjective but durability and efficiency are not. Also not covered is corrosion resistance.

What type of bike chain should I get?

When selecting a chain, the first consideration is the number of rear sprockets. The rear cog sets have been made with 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 sprockets. As the number of cogs on the rear hub increases, the spacing between cogs tends to be reduced.

Is Shimano chain better than KMC?

Summary. The difference between the Shimano chain and the KMC is marginal; your choice will always come to personal preference. Despite the inconvenience of adjusting the chain, the Shimano runs a lot smoother and will provide you with long-lasting use.

Are expensive bike chains worth it?

No. The only advantage of expensive chains within a specific brand is the minor reduction in weight. The ones with extra plating do look nicer and provide some corrosion resistance, but it takes almost no effort to keep your chain rust free.

Is a 7 speed bike good enough?

The 7-speed is adequate for most riders, which is why many people choose the slower option. If you prefer rougher terrain and shorter rides, a 7-speed is an excellent choice; the bike can take the abuse.

Can I use a 8 speed chain on a 7 speed bike?

Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo all use the same chain with 8 speeds. Chain for 7 speeds is a bit wider – 7.3 mm, while a 6 speed one is substantially wider – 7.8 mm. That is why the reverse is not the case and a 7 speed chain and especially a 6 speed one will not work as well on an 8 speed system.

Can I use a 9 speed chain on a 7 speed cassette?

A chain wider than standard will not fit between adjacent sprockets of a freewheel or cassette, though it usually poses no problem in a derailerless system. Thus, you can use a “9-speed” chain with a 7-speed or 8-speed system, or a “10-speed” chain with a 9-speed system.

Are Shimano chains worth it?

What are the Pros of Shimano Chains? They have long been considered to have the best 10-speed chains for road bikes. Furthermore, Shimano offers their products at a much cheaper price than KMC. They are known for their lightweight, ease of repair and their reliability, which in turn makes them good value for money.

Are Shimano and SRAM chains compatible?

Shimano and SRAM 11-speed chains are cross-compatible. If you have a Shimano 11-speed drivetrain, a SRAM chain will work fine and vice versa, however manufacturer’s recommend pairing your components for optimal performance.

What is a seven speed bike?

A 7-speed bike is a great bike for a person who rides on tricky terrain. It’s main purpose is to let the bike adapt to rough conditions and accommodate inclines, bumps and other difficulties. On a 7-speed bike, the lower gears make it easier to pedal and the higher gears allow for better movement going downhill.

What is the size of a bicycle chain?

Chains come in 3⁄32 in (2.4 mm), 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm), 5⁄32 in (4.0 mm), or 3⁄16 in (4.8 mm) roller widths, the internal width between the inner plates. 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm) chains are typically used on bikes with a single rear sprocket: those with coaster brakes, hub gears, fixed gears such as track bicycles, or BMX bikes.

What is a bicycle chain?

A bicycle chain is a roller chain that transfers power from the pedals to the drive-wheel of a bicycle, thus propelling it.