Shimano HG-93 9sp Chain

2.41/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $25.49


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Product Description

The Ultegra HG-93 chain features super-narrow 9-speed construction, allowing for the use of a 9-speed cassette of the same overall width as 8-speed. Its ultra-precision construction helps maintain strength, dependability, and shifting performance on the narrower 9-speed sprockets. You also get superior durability, with pin pull-out resistance increased by 50% in comparison to 8-speed.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dan a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2012

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    all 114 links!

Bottom Line:   
I ride aggressive all mountain and have broken every shimano I have purchased.
Sometimes it's just bodily damage that occurs, other times, one pin will pop, leaving a plate 1/2 attached, the loose end will catch on the derailleur arm, and break the derailleur and bend the hanger.
Connex chains slightly heavier, but never breaks.

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Favorite Trail:   Da Wiss

Similar Products Used:   CONNEX, SRAM

Bike Setup:   Pivot Firebird

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JWHaupt a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2012

Strengths:    Been XC riding since 2000, probably purchased 8-10 of these chains in that time and have only had one fail by breaking and from what I remember, it failed where I joined it after installation. I must not have set the pin correctly. These chains are stong and if maintained properly (occasionally clean and lubricate) will last until stretched and in need of replacement. Now if you dont maintain, clean occasionally and lubricate, then maybe they will break. Never tried this, so I dont know for sure.

Weaknesses:    Havent found one yet, even the price is reasonable for what you are getting - worry-free riding.

Bottom Line:   
Buy it if you dont want to worry about one of the most important drivetrain components.

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Favorite Trail:   Lenape - Middle Run

Duration Product Used:   About a year at a time

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Bike Setup:   Jamis HT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jrfresh a Cross Country Rider from Mississauga

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2011

Weaknesses:    Mud will cause minor problems but a quick squirt from the camelbak and it's good again.

Bottom Line:   
I've put on over 1000km on this chain. I used oil in the rain and wax during the dry season. This was used on a new XT cassette and the cassette still looks good as well. I ordered the same chain to save the cassette and another hassel free 1000km. Most of the mileage is x country with hard climbs and some technical rides.

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Favorite Trail:   Dundas Valley

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Spokes and Slopes

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by thumper07 a Weekend Warrior from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2011

Strengths:    Have never broken a chain

Weaknesses:    not sure yet

Bottom Line:   
I read an aweful lot of reviews here where people say that this chain broke suddenly. I'm 43 years old and have been riding and racing mountain bikes since I was 28 and I never ever had a chain break.


I wonder if the reason why there seems to be only broken chained reviewers here is because people who don't break their chains find no reason to post about it?

Maybe.

I think these chains all broke as a result of user error.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Big Wheel Cycle

Bike Setup:   Fury Circus Monkey Fox 140mm Grip Shift 9.0 Thompson Chris King

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by RE1GN2 a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2011

Strengths:    Lightweight, smooth shifts

Weaknesses:    Snaps. It snapped on the FIRST RIDE.

Bottom Line:   
Do NOT get this chain. It snapped for me on the first ride and I am not putting it back on. I put load on it on flat terrain and it snapped. Pure crap.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $22.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Veda a Racer from Indonesia

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2010

Strengths:    Light, Relatively rust free.

Weaknesses:    Snap all the time.

Bottom Line:   
Avoid this. It's not even that light and snaps all the time. I didn't believe it and bought 3 more. Not just me but my friends' snapped as well. Changed to YBN (Yaban) Titanium chains that are way lighter probably 3x stronger and never rust + self-lubricates. The XTR is junk, I wouldn't use it even if given free.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano deore, xt, yaban, kmc

Bike Setup:   Spark 30 + Titus X

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mountain_Rocker a Weekend Warrior from Pasig City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2009

Strengths:    light, but now i know why it is light coz its made of crap!

Weaknesses:    CRAP! PURE CRAP! bought it last week, and already got cut twice! once on the trail during the weekend and just now biking around my village.. INSIDE the VILLAGE! CRAP!

Bottom Line:   
i will never buy this piece of CRAP ever! want my SRAM back even if it is a bit heavier, it never failed me! Don't make the mistake of buying this CRAP just becoz its XTR.

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Favorite Trail:   San Rafael Bulacan

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Extreme

Similar Products Used:   SRAM PC 951 (which i sold and now I want it back!!!)

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC, Marzocchi 55 ATA, Race Face Ride XC Crank & BB, SRAM PG990 Cassete, SRAM X9 RD

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ac1056 a Cross Country Rider from Leesport, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2009

Strengths:    shifts well

Weaknesses:    low durability, snaps often in rocky terrain, will almost always snap if you shift poorly (under heavy load)

Bottom Line:   
for the money, just skip it and get a more durable chain. i ride pretty aggressively and race occasionally, primarily in the Appalachains. even on brand new cassette and rings, this chain snapped 4 or 5 times in two years of low-mileage riding. granted, some of them were sloppy adrenaline-fueled shifts while racing, but other times the chain just snapped randomly while pedaling along a trail. i used the special replacement pin each time, but once the chain had been spliced together, it began to skip during normal shifts and generally isnt worth the headache.

the good news is that it is very rust resistant, but i think i will try a SRAM 991 Cross-Step next time i replace my rings.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   variety of cheap Shimano's and SRAM's

Bike Setup:   '04 Stumpjumper FSR, SRAM cassette, XT crankset + rings...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rafael a Weekend Warrior from Miami

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2009

Strengths:    Narrow, shifts easily.

Weaknesses:    Fragile, snaps easier than it shifts! The first one snapped three times (chain was 6 months old). Made the mistake to buy another one and it snapped in the first ride twice in different links.

Bottom Line:   
This chain is too weak for trail riding. I am 5'8" 160 lbs. and for the "climbing" in Florida which is short, steep hills, where you need a lot of power this chain is NO good!

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Favorite Trail:   Markham

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   FS9000

Bike Setup:   K2 Lithium 5.75 stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bruno a Weekend Warrior from Santiago, Chile

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2009

Weaknesses:    My Shimano HG 93 chain has broken three times, in San Cristobal Hill, is awful.

Bottom Line:   
HG 93 is unreliable for hill climbing. I change to a SRAM 991 powerchain cross step.

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Favorite Trail:   Mountain Bike

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   I change to a SRAM 991 powerchain cross step.

Bike Setup:   SRAM twister X0, X9 rear, XTR disk brakes, frame haro extreme x2 2003, rim mavic ust, maxxis lanser tt,

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2008

Strengths:    The biggest plus to this chain was the fact it drastically improved the shifting. It was much smoother.

Weaknesses:    It has broken 3 times within the 6 months and probaly would have been more if I was riding more frequently.

Bottom Line:   
Initially, I was very impressed with the improvement in the smooth shifting but after the first break in the first month and then the second and third break I was not as impressed with the chain. I am not a hardcore uphill shifting under load or major cross shifting so it does not seem to be a hardy chain. I need to get a new one.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $27.00

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper Pro

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pill a Cross Country Rider from eastern europe

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    Shifts well
rustless


Weaknesses:    noisy when dirty

Bottom Line:   
The main advantage of this chain for me - it is rust free, so i can ride in total wetness, get home, throw the bike - and nothing will happend with the chain!no rust or corrosia.

As all of the chais it has to be clean if you want performance and long life. I wipe it with a clean cloth then lubricate with some silicone lube. When the dirt become too dirty - i wash it with washing powder, or "Fairy". Sometimes I use Keroseine

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Favorite Trail:   forest trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Shimano Dealer

Bike Setup:   Giant XtC

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Leonardo Horovitz a Cross Country Rider from Montevideo

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2008

Strengths:    Shifts very well. Doesn't rust easily.

Weaknesses:    Snaps easily

Bottom Line:   
Shifts very well, and quietly.
This is the first time I used a HG-93 chain, the ones I had used before were (supposedly) inferior to this one.
I had never broken a chain before.
However, this chain snapped twice, on different places.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Giant Montevideo

Similar Products Used:   Shimano HG-73, HG-53, 8 speed SRAM

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher HKEK, Shimano LX cassette

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bas a Cross Country Rider from The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2008

Strengths:    Does the job WITH SRAM Powerlink, not too expensive

Weaknesses:    none WITH SRAM Powerlink

Bottom Line:   
Works fine with a SRAM Powerlink (PL). I've never used the pin-link after reading a lot of complaints on MTB fora. Also for proper maintenance a PL is crucial. Shifts nice but haven't paid any attention to stretch issues. My hunch is that a dura ace (CN7701) works better.

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Favorite Trail:   Drunen Dunes

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   bike2build

Similar Products Used:   Dura ace, SRAM 971, KMC X9.93

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR '01

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by João a Cross Country Rider from Lisbon, Portugal

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2008

Strengths:    Weight

Weaknesses:    Everything ?

Bottom Line:   
Well this chain really sucks, in the first month of usuage it broke 4 or 5 times in different links without "crossed shifts" or shifting under load. I'm not heavy, i only have 65kgs so i really think it's not my fault. I won't buy this chain again cause for half the price HG 53 was a rock comparing to this one.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   fizzbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   HG 53

Bike Setup:   Custom hardtail

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