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Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:23 pm

Guys I'm sorry for such a stupid question, but the last bike I owned was a shaft drive. What the difference between O ring chains and no non O ring, and wich do I want

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Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:27 pm

An o-ring chain has an o-ring between each link on the chain. It holds the grease in the rollers. A non-o-ring chain doesn't have this seal. The o-ring chain will last much longer. Buy an O-ring chain. 110 links, 520 pitch. I recommend Bikemaster's BMOR chains.

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Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:15 am

Or X-ring. X-ring and O-ring are basically the same thing, but the x-ring is advertised as lasting longer and sealing better(it might, but it's more expensive too). Either one is fine, just don't get a non-something-ringed.

The no-ring chains are more for dirt bikes that will get very dirty and won't last that long anyway. I'll second the bikemaster plug, or DID. Just avoid the kitschy ones, or something from a no-name brand. And don't believe the "strength" ratings. They are largely meaningless.
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:53 pm

so run from these volar and caltric sets that are all over amazon and ebay right

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Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:05 pm

Yeah, IIRC Volar got a good review or 2 here, but I'm not sure I'm convinced yet. Just be sure to read some reviews, and if you want to try them, nothing wrong with experimentation. If you don't want to experiment, then maybe go with a more reputable brand.
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:59 am

Bikemaster O-ring all the way. You can often buy them in kits with sprockets on Ebay, too. Keep them clean, lubed, and adjusted and they'll last years.

I used one of these kits for a few years. It stretched a little quicker than my current Bikemaster chain, but I had no other issues with it. I think they may be rebranded as Bikemaster sometimes. I can't find much about them online, but most people don't seem to like them.

DID and RK have good reputations.
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Hate to necro this topic but. I'd like to update this post with a new bike master chain. Which is an x ring but the reason mainly I'd prefer it is the fact that it has a Rivet Type master link. Which I honestly think is a must on street bikes. I've dumped the clutch on a brand new chain on my xj and broken a clip-on link so I believe rivet is the way to go.


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HowDoICarbs wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:25 am
Hate to necro this topic but. I'd like to update this post with a new bike master chain. Which is an x ring but the reason mainly I'd prefer it is the fact that it has a Rivet Type master link. Which I honestly think is a must on street bikes. I've dumped the clutch on a brand new chain on my xj and broken a clip-on link so I believe rivet is the way to go.


http://www.bikebandit.com/aftermarket-p ... n?m=137408
Never had much trouble with the clip style myself, but . . . you can get a rivet type master from Bikemaster for any of their chains. Actually, just about any rivet-style master will work provided the chain pitch is the same (520 chain with 520 rivet, etc).

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