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    KMC missing link vs. connecting pin

    I have a 10-speed Shimano 105 setup and will soon need a new chain. Any thoughts on the relative merits -- durability, shifting performance, etc. -- of using a KMC missing link versus the connecting pin that comes with the chain? The bike came with a KMC 10S missing link, and I've had no issues as far as I can tell.

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    I've used both extensively. I've never noticed a difference in shift performance or durability. Being able to remove the chain without breaking it is handy.

    I don't use the Shimano pins any more.

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    6 of one a half dozen of the other. Both work fine, so it's a question of preference. If you never or rarely remove chains until they're toast it doesn't matter either way. If you do remove chains to clean or rotate them on the same bike, then there's a savings in using the reusable KMC link.
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    I prefer the Wipperman links because it's an easier design to get apart and together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    6 of one a half dozen of the other. Both work fine, so it's a question of preference. If you never or rarely remove chains until they're toast it doesn't matter either way. If you do remove chains to clean or rotate them on the same bike, then there's a savings in using the reusable KMC link.
    I have to agree with this. Plus, you can keep a spare or two in your bag.

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    I only use KMC links. Pins are so.......... 00's

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    KMC user here, never an issue using their product with Shimano 10 spd chains.....sure does make maintenance a whole lot easier...

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    FYI, KMC offer both reusable and non-reusable links.

    I've never had an issue with removable links and use KMC reusable and Wippermann links, but am not a fan of SRAM links.
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    How can I tell which KMC link I have on my chain? Reusable or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariomal99 View Post
    How can I tell which KMC link I have on my chain? Reusable or not.
    Thanks to all for the opinions. Sounds like a missing link is the way to go.

    In terms of the quoted question -- at least on my chain, you can read the model number etched in the side of the missing link. The US version of the KMC webpage doesn't seem to say anything about reusability. But the European version at MissingLinks - Connectors - Products - KMC Chain lists whether each missing link model is reusable.

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    Having had a 105 connecting pin fail and take out my rear derailier and some of the paintwork on my seat stay, missing link is the way to go. That and being able to take the chain off so that I can unbolt the derailier for traveling.

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    I prefer the Wipperman links because it's an easier design to get apart and together.
    Park make a set of pliers that make removal of any type link easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripton View Post
    Park make a set of pliers that make removal of any type link easy
    Maybe, but that doesn't help you when you have chain problems on your ride.
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