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Chain Replacement? mileage
#1
Hello,
I have a question about 9 speed chains,I replaced my cassette and chain in March and now have 1900 miles on the chain and my Park chain checker shows .75 on the chain. The cassette was changed from a 11-32 to a 11-34 SPRAM.

The original chain was a KMC Z9000 it was replaced with another KMC but I don't know the number it was replaced by my LBS and this time I will replace the chain myself. How ever my question is this about right for mileage to replace the chain?I usually ride around 5000 miles a year. I know there is Shimano,SPRAM and KMC chains but which one would you recommend to use and is there really any difference in the chains them self? I clean and lube the chain and cassette at least once a week and always wipe down the chain when I get done riding I use Finish line dry lube in the red bottle and only apply a drop to each roller then wipe down the chain again.The bicycle is a 2008 Fuji Touring Bike.

I am really trying to decide between the SPRAM and the KMC unless someone has another chain to recommend.
I appreciate all of your time and help.

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if you don't mind it doesn't matter

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#2
If the KMC Chain has done you well in the past then I would recommend you to stick with it. You can still get the KMC Z9000 still. Here is the online link to the z9000.. http://www.kmcchain.us/kmcproduct.asp?pid=4847&bsid=37&ssid=578 . However I hope I am reading the Specs right that it is 11/128" ??? SRAM makes a great chain too that I have heard. Honestly I think it is personal choice. There is another company Wipper Chains I think that I have heard good things about although they are pretty expensive.

Wait for the others to give their opinion before going out and getting a new one.

Cheers Bill
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#3
I recently came across an interesting chain wear article: http://www.cantitoeroad.com/connex.php

In it you can see that SRAM pretty much come out bottom of the heap.

Here's an earlier post I made about it where I calculated the cost per mile based on the results: http://forums.bikeride.com/thread-1740.html
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#4
Hello,
Sorry I haven't responded sooner but I went with the SRAM and it's runs beautiful
so thanks for the reply.

Remember it's mind over matter
if you don't mind it doesn't matter

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