Cervelo Apple wrote:
Since KMC is has been the OEM chain supplier to Shimano since the mid 80's you can feel good about buying a one and passing on Shimano....that is unless you just like lighting money on fire;)
As was mentioned KMC is great and it comes with a quick link which is so much nicer compared to that stupid pin setup Shimano likes so they can create another revenue stream only they can fill.
Also maybe pick up a 'go no go' chain checker as that is the quickest and easiest way to find an out of spec chain. Skipping chains can be 2 clicks on a barrel adjuster.
1) They are slighty more expensive than Shimano, no? At least on Amazon.. ebay you can get 10 speed narrow KMC's for no more than $30 shipped....my last was $25. Shimano can be had a bit more than that, but I was referring to LBS pricing mainly. No shops in my entire town carry KMC chains in stock. An 105 chain at my LBS is $50.
2) the Shimano pins don't come with the chain? They do, but they are not a lot of fun to install vs a quick link. The real issue comes when/if you take your chain off to clean it....you have to break the pin and go buy a new one. I can re-use a master link 4-5 times....let's just say it lasts the life of my chain.
3) Skipping chains can be 2 clicks on a barrel adjuster - not sure what that means explain? My chain doesn't skip now. A post had alluded that a skipping chain means a worn cassette. It can, but very often it can just be a slightly out of aligned derailleur.