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Old 03-25-2011, 11:01 AM
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Chain length

I have done a search on this and I saw one person post an answer, but I just want to check and see if there is a consensus on this. I currently have a 16/43 set-up with a stock chain. I purchased a 44 tooth rear sprocket last year and was waiting til this year to install it. I am about to purchase a new chain thru a place that will cut it to length for no extra cost. So my question is, should the length be 104 links, plus the master link? Thanks in advance...
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:26 AM
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With a 44T rear sprocket you do need to run a 104 link chain.
A 43T sprocket can still use the stock 102 link chain, anything bigger and you need to start adding links.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:07 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Now to find a chain at a reasonable price.........
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I attempted to have a 43T installed with my stock chain, mech said no go.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by davidka View Post
I attempted to have a 43T installed with my stock chain, mech said no go.
It will fit just fine, I've run that set up for many years and have it on the bike right now.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by davidka View Post
I attempted to have a 43T installed with my stock chain, mech said no go.
You sure that your chain was 102 links? I'm not saying that it's not, but i'm running 16/43 comfortably with 102...
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:47 AM
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I am running 16-43 gearing with the stock 102 links also-works great-I love that it shortened the wheelbase a bit for faster turn-in! Mort
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by 7moore7 View Post
You sure that your chain was 102 links? I'm not saying that it's not, but i'm running 16/43 comfortably with 102...
Chain is OEM, never counted the links.

Sorry for the thread revive, just looking into chain info.

What's the best 530 chain to run?
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:25 PM
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I think that's kind of like asking, what's the best oil, or what are the best tires.

I replaced my OEM chain at over 41k miles with a DID 530 ZVM2. It was 120 links, so I had to cut it down, no problem, since I got a good price on it at the dealer.

The reason I replaced it with DID was mainly based on DID's reputation, and I wanted the best quality.
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Yeah, I suppose. I figured there were fewer ligitimately good choices. I searched "best chain" and didn't come back with much.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:52 AM
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You want the chain to be O or X ring, to keep grime out of it, and you want it to be a decent quality, so that the rated tensile is roughly close to the real... Other than that, pick whatever you like, the difference is mainly name/looks... And in the end the old one, "you get what you pay for", is still a rough estimate... Cheapo chains usually wear a lot faster...

I prefer DID myself, but like said above, it's like an oil thread...
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Replaced mine in the spring with DID520ZVMX. Went 520 with a 43T stealth rear and 16T front. 102 links worked fine. With ~3500 miles on it seems to be holding up quite well
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yeah anyone know where to get the DID chains at a good price? Im sure they're all around the same price... but if anyone knows I'd appreciate it.
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