Shimano CN-HG50 Chain

3/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 335 grams MSRP : $24.99

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Product Description

This is an excellent replacement chain for any 6/7/8 speed(rear) bicycle. Shimano quality at an affordable price.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JNery a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2014

Strengths:    I did some research and purchased this chain for $13 even. I got about 1000 miles out of it before it failed the chain gauge test and just installed another one I purchased for $13.

Weaknesses:    This chain did not come with a master link. I prefer a master clip on type master link. However using the Parks chain tool I have only added less than 5 minutes to the job.

Bottom Line:   
I see many complaints regarding Shimano chains falling apart on the road. Learn from the mistake I made while installing a Shimano chain a year ago that caused the same early failure. Changing to a different freewheel I found I needed to increase the chain length by a couple of links. I quickly added back some of the original links I pulled from the chain during the original installation.

A special replacement rivet is needed. That was my mistake. I reused a link. Considering that it is hard to find replacement rivets I would have been better off throwing away the short chain.

So the moral of the story is that one should not condemn a product due to an early failure unless they are sure they did not cause the problem with a faulty installation.

Note that years ago main chains allowed rivets to be removed and pressed back in. Times have changed. Chain design has changed.

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Duration Product Used:   1000 miles

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   EBay vendor

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Barry a Downhiller from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2011

Strengths:    It lasted 8 months

Weaknesses:    It snapped

Bottom Line:   
The chain snapped after 8 months. I've never had a chain snap before, but it's not good. I don't know where the fault lies, with the poor service at Bike Hub (shop) of Shimano. In my experience--DO NOT USE SHIMANO--It might kill you.

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Favorite Trail:   commuter

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Bike Hub Heidelberg

Similar Products Used:   Original chain

Bike Setup:   Commuter

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by The Frog a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2010

Strengths:    (came with the bike)

Weaknesses:    Lasted 2000km

Bottom Line:   
The chain came with a hybrid Trek bike (equipped with Shimano 3x8 gears). Used on a daily commute down an old railway path, it lasted around 2000km before it become noticeably slack. A quick check with a metal ruler suggested stretchy chain syndrome. No drama, no breakage, no corrosion. It lasted 12 months, and survived rain, frost, and summer sun. Just disappointed it wasn't more durable.

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Favorite Trail:   Railway track.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Two wheels. A frame. Handlebars.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by reviewer a Weekend Warrior from Outside

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2009

Strengths:    its so called 'standard' chain for 8x shimano cassetes, should work with them pretty well, looks solid

Weaknesses:    instant rust
instead of getting longer, chain breaks!

Bottom Line:   
i had few hg50's and they are decent shimano chains. you cant expect much from them althro they should work well if maintained propertly. probably commuting is best usage for them, be prepared for worst if you are using them for other purposes like sporting or long tours(80+ miles). be warned that those chains preffer to break themselves instead of streching. be sure to connect it propertly or you will be sorry :S

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   many places

Similar Products Used:   hg30, hg40, hg53, various sram chains

Bike Setup:   weekend warrior

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2008

Strengths:    It works. Not showing signs of excessive wear.

Weaknesses:    Seems to suck in any loose dirt and gravel more often than competing chains. A little expensive when compared with a generic KMC chain which seems to be identical in form and function.

Bottom Line:   
Expensive for no real gain. Busted a link for no apparent reason after only 80KM. Next time I think I'll just buy a generic KMC, a third the price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   KMC generic, SRAM model I've forgotten

Bike Setup:   1997 Gemini Echo Beach, Deore FD, Deore XT RD, Alivio cranks/chainrings and shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Snellville, Ga, USA

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2007

Strengths:    No problems at all, came stock on bike. Keep it clean and lubed and has never given me a problem and I'm a 215lb rider who rides 3-4 times a week and does just as much uphill as i do down hill.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
no problems at all.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM

Bike Setup:   Specialized HR Sport, RS Dart 3, Sun Rims on XT Hubs, Truvativ 2.2 crank, rest is stock but more upgrades to come soon.

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