Shimano 105 chain replacement?

by mckechan   February 14, 2013  

Hi,

I have 105 chain and it is beginning to stretch. If I look online for 105 chains, there are multiple choices.

Does it matter, which one I get?

Thanks

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If it's 10 speed get a 10 speed shimano compatible chain.

Chain Reaction have one cheapish (£13).

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
14th February 2013 - 13:36

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The 5701 is to fit a double chainset only and has to be fitted in the correct direction. The 5600 will do a double or triple. You don't have to use a Shimano chain, you could use KMC which has the benefit of a reuseable magic link for easy fitting, removal and cleaning or any other Shimano compatible 10 speed chain. The 5600 is very durable according to the Tour Magazine group test at the end of 2011.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [329 posts]
14th February 2013 - 13:41

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SRAM chains are also shimano compatible and i've always found them excellent as an alternative to shimano, usually some good deals to be had online for one. As SammyG said just make sure you get the 10 speed or 9 speed specific one to suit your setup.

If your existing chain has stretched significantly you might find that it's worn the teeth on cassette / chainrings and when you fit a brand new chain it skips/jumps on the worn sprockets/rings. Depends whether you've caught the chain wear in time.

posted by falls offlots [86 posts]
14th February 2013 - 13:52

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There are only two brands of chain I would ever buy again

SRAM or KMC

So whatever speed your chain is, just search google

For example, its a 9 speed. Then just put in 9 speed SRAM chain

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
14th February 2013 - 14:04

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Wear not stretch

Smile

posted by Benway [68 posts]
14th February 2013 - 14:07

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Oh and when you trim your new chain lay out your two chains next to eachother like so:
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And then trim the new chain to match the old chain -1 link to account for "stretchage" !

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
14th February 2013 - 14:11

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Soz ben I've put it in quotation marks to indicate that the stretch is not a literal stretch.

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
14th February 2013 - 14:12

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Personal choice here but works for me cheapest SRAM chain I can find on e bay anf change it every 3 months

posted by crash144019 [47 posts]
14th February 2013 - 14:45

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KMC X10 are frequently cited as reliable 10-speed chains (same for X9-93 in 9 speed).

Don't lay the new chain beside the old one, you should always count the links.

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posted by Simon E [2059 posts]
14th February 2013 - 16:53

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Simon E wrote:
KMC X10 are frequently cited as reliable 10-speed chains (same for X9-93 in 9 speed).

Don't lay the new chain beside the old one, you should always count the links.

Seconded on both accounts. Yes it takes longer but it's right.

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posted by cidermart [470 posts]
14th February 2013 - 17:00

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thirded Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [768 posts]
15th February 2013 - 11:10

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Thanks guys!

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posted by mckechan [198 posts]
16th February 2013 - 18:43

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