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Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

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I'm shopping for a replacement chain for my Shimano 105 9-speed. I've never replaced a Shimano chain and read that it is different from other chain..but that is not my question.

I saw on ebay that SRAM sells a replacement chain that is "compatible" with Shimano but requires no special tools.

My question is do these SRAM chains work as well on Shimano drive trains and do they NOT require the special Shimano chain replacement treatment (e.g. special tools, replacement pins).

Thanks very much.

Mark
post #2 of 8

Re: Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

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Originally Posted by mark444
I'm shopping for a replacement chain for my Shimano 105 9-speed. I've never replaced a Shimano chain and read that it is different from other chain..but that is not my question.

I saw on ebay that SRAM sells a replacement chain that is "compatible" with Shimano but requires no special tools.

My question is do these SRAM chains work as well on Shimano drive trains and do they NOT require the special Shimano chain replacement treatment (e.g. special tools, replacement pins).

Thanks very much.

Mark
I beleive that they are compatible, as long as you get a 9-speed chain. When getting a chain, I beleive that you will benefit from using a quick link, regardless of the make of the chain.
post #3 of 8

Re: Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

a 9-speed shimano chain and a 9-speed SRAM chain are totally interchangeable on a bike. the SRAM is better due to the powerlink, and no break-off pin.
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Re: Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

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Originally Posted by bigpedaler
a 9-speed shimano chain and a 9-speed SRAM chain are totally interchangeable on a bike. the SRAM is better due to the powerlink, and no break-off pin.
Why is SRAM better because of the "powerlink"? Any chain can be fitted with a breakable link. This is not a valid criterion for rating chains. I haven't used a Shimano break-off pin for years, but I've mostly used Shimano chains.
post #5 of 8

Re: Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

Well the sram chains come with the power link, shimano you have to buy them extra.

With either chain you need to punch out pins to remove the extra links for the correct length, but with a power link you don't have to add a pin to complete the loop again.

Make sure you use the same number of links (counting the power link!) as your current chain (assuming that one was correct of course....)
post #6 of 8

Re: Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

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Originally Posted by mark444
I'm shopping for a replacement chain for my Shimano 105 9-speed. I've never replaced a Shimano chain and read that it is different from other chain..but that is not my question.

I saw on ebay that SRAM sells a replacement chain that is "compatible" with Shimano but requires no special tools.

My question is do these SRAM chains work as well on Shimano drive trains and do they NOT require the special Shimano chain replacement treatment (e.g. special tools, replacement pins).

Thanks very much.

Mark
Sram 9s chains are compatible with shimano 9s systems, cogsets and use a snap link to hook them together. Still need a chain tool to shorten the chain tho.
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Re: Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

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Re: Shimano Chain Compatibility with SRAM

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Originally Posted by Phill P
Well the sram chains come with the power link, shimano you have to buy them extra.
They're not expensive or hard to find.
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