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SRAM PC-59 (9 speed) Chain

3.18/5 (39 Reviews)
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Product Description

A performance chain with an updated finish. This high-tech, silver-and-grey chain provides long lasting durability and dependability with increased corrosion resistance. Designed for 9-speed systems, either on- or off-road, the PC-59 was made for smooth shifting in all conditions.
  • Use the PC-58 with 8-speed cassettes
  • Compatible with most major 8/9-speed drivetrain components.


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Roberto

    Date Reviewed: June 24, 2013

    Strengths:    Zero!

    Weaknesses:    Breaks easily

    Bottom Line:   
    NEVER BUY THIS CHAIN, IT CAN BE LIVE DANGEROUS. it can break instantly, as it happened to me. When i had a look, After that, it had flaws also on another element.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by zc2 a Weekend Warrior from Windsor, NJ

    Date Reviewed: June 13, 2010

    Strengths:    Durability

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    This chain is great. It lasted 6000 miles before it showed some wearness.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Bike Setup:   shimano 105 equipped road bike

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Niagara Falls

    Date Reviewed: June 1, 2007

    Strengths:    durable

    power link


    Weaknesses:    occasional stiff links

    Bottom Line:   
    I have been using these chains for a pretty long time, and they have been pretty reliable overall. The wear is good and they shift fine. My only complaint is that i have gotten several stiff links over the last few years.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano HG 5x

    Bike Setup:   Giant NRS, XT Cassette, deore steel chainrings, Deore shifters, LX mechs.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Matt Bay a Cross Country Rider from Omaha, NE, US

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2006

    Strengths:    Low cost, easy to put on

    Weaknesses:    Isn't working too well with older shimano parts.

    Bottom Line:   
    From what I've read this chain has mixed reviews. I can tell you right now mine fails me all the time. I ride hard and any time I pop a wheelie in one gear too high, it skips on the chainring. I really liked my shimano chain, and this one seems to be less effective, however my parts are two very rough years old and on a newer drive train it might work great. And who knows maybe mine just doesn't like me, Its a great value but doesn't work all that well.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tranquility Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Scheels All Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX chain, what ever the nuumber is. SRAM chain from LBS, SRAM chain that came w/ bike

    Bike Setup:   04 Raliegh M60 w Deore rear der and LX front, alivio crankset (:( it sucks but new ones are expensive)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Niagara Falls

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

    Strengths:    Powerlink for easy removal, affordable, strong.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    It works. Easy to remove and clean. Strong enough to hold up to XC racing under my 150lb body, durability is good, and it shifts fine on either shimano or sram parts.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano HG-51.

    Bike Setup:   Giant NRS, Sugar 4+

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Raiyn a Weekend Warrior from St. Petersburg, FL

    Date Reviewed: March 16, 2006

    Strengths:    Strong, long lasting, Powerlink makes cleaning easier than Shi*No's "Replace a pin" garbage. Contrary to the last review, when they're properly maintained, and lubed they DON'T RUST

    Weaknesses:    Doesn't grow on trees

    Bottom Line:   
    This chain lasts. I've broken and mangled several Shi*No chains (even 7&8 speed) and the one's that survive all wore prematurely (like a couple hundred miles fast) The PC59 has lasted me for years where the Shi*No's barely made it a couple months. Properly cleaned and lubed (use some Prolink or Boeshield T-9) this chain WILL last, it will not rust, and if my Clydesdale butt can't snap it the guys who can are doing something wrong (like downshifting under high load). Bottom line learn to shift, learn to clean a chain (geeky clip-on chain cleaners are useless) and use a GOOD chain lube and a SRAM chain will never do you wrong.
    I wouldn't suggest this for the (as Carlos Mencia would say) the "deet de Dee" crowd they should stay on their adult trikes anyway

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    Favorite Trail:   That one over there

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Ye Olde LBS

    Similar Products Used:   SRAM PC48, PC49, (Those do rust maybe someone did a switcharoo on the guy below?) Various Shi*No chains (garbage)

    Bike Setup:   Both bikes are 9 speed setups. The commuter is LX shifted and derailed (pre Rapid Rise) with this chain and a SRAM R9 road cassette. The trailbike is an XT job (again pre RR) spinning a XT cassette.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by cliff z a Downhiller from calgary

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2005

    Strengths:    ONE WORD AWESOME

    Weaknesses:    rusts easily, and after 4-5 months becomes fatigued and needs to be replaced

    Bottom Line:   
    awesome, never slips or snaps. Never used a chain so strong (except bmx chains which are a million times stronger) If you want to make your bike bomb proof use this.

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    Favorite Trail:   none

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $28.00

    Purchased At:   eurotech cycle

    Similar Products Used:   shimano garbage

    Bike Setup:   px jackflash, hardcore trials style

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Prague, Czech republic

    Date Reviewed: October 11, 2004

    Strengths:    nothing

    Weaknesses:    breaks easily - torn it after 100km

    Bottom Line:   
    Snaps easily and Shifts Crappy, it broke twice during a ride uphills. I would not recommend this SRAM Chain. Biggest crap ever

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   stock bike

    Similar Products Used:   stuff on department store bikes

    Bike Setup:   Kellys Mobster, Manitou Black Elite 120, Deore LX/XT

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ray from Tucson, AZ

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2004

    Strengths:    Cost & it works

    Weaknesses:    None Yet

    Bottom Line:   
    In the past I bought three bikes. All came with Shimano chains. All had problems with breaking. Since switching to Sram, I have not had an issue. My latest PC-59 has almost 400 miles on it. I maintain it with Triflow Teflon. So far so good. There is nothing worse than fixing your chain while your buddies are riding away! I give Sram a solid thumbs up.

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    Favorite Trail:   50 Year Trail

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $14.00

    Purchased At:   Jenson USA

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano

    Bike Setup:   Sugar

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Woodberry Forest, VA

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2004

    Strengths:    works and inexpensive

    Weaknesses:    never had a problem

    Bottom Line:   
    This chain is fine. Don't shift with a lot of tension on the chain and it won't break! Keep it clean! Ridden this chain in races, mud, over gnarly trails and for two full seasons of abuse!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   lots of chains over many years

    Bike Setup:   Blur

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Trialsrider a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2004

    Strengths:    Nothing

    Weaknesses:    Breaks easily

    Bottom Line:   
    Get this chain only if you're going to be cruising on your bike. I didn't know the quality difference between a PC-99 and this POS PC-59. Don't get it if you do a lot of torque riding especially trials.

    Less then a month the gold link snapped off & the second time it snapped at normal link. I never had a problem with my PC-99 til I bought this. PC-99 lasted me over eight months, only had to change it due to correct length.

    It's garbage IMO, spend the extra $20 or so and get the PC-99.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Somewhere I forgot

    Similar Products Used:   SRAM PC-99

    Bike Setup:   modified Specialized P3

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Speedüb Nate a Cross Country Rider from SF Bay Area, CA

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2004

    Strengths:    Cheap, er... "Inexpensive"

    Lasts a good long while.

    Shifts well, even on 8 speed cassettes.



    Weaknesses:    Will rust if you leave it out wet.



    Bottom Line:   
    Over the course of thousands of miles on all the different drivetrains listed above, I've yet to experience chain failure with a PC59. That's not a slight against the slightly more expensive and beter protected PC69, or the slightly stronger riveting of the PC99, but I don't see the need to spend the extra bucks if the lowly PC59 does the trick.

    I began using this chain after a handful of Shimano IG & HG failures, at a point when I installed a 9 speed crank on an otherwise 8 speed drivetrain. It shifted flawlessly on 8 speed cassettes, and eventually proved itself on 9 speed stuff and later singlespeed-like internally geared drivetrains.

    The PC69's I used were similarly dependable, but to me didn't necessarily warrant the extra few bucks.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $14.00

    Similar Products Used:   PC-69, Various Shimano Chains

    Bike Setup:   Used on traditional 27 speed drivetrains;

    1x9 drivetrains;

    24 speed (8 speed cassette) drivetrains;

    internally geared setups
    - Rohloff Speedhub;
    - Shimano Nexus & SRAM Spectro internal hubs

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from niagara falls

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2004

    Strengths:    Shifts are smooth
    Has not broken (what more do you want out of a chain)
    Powerlink is a nice idea, i don't use it too much though


    Weaknesses:    None really that i have noticed

    Bottom Line:   
    I have had no problems with this chain at all. I have a whack of miles on it, and well, it keeps my wheels turning. That's all I ask for in a chain. My next one will probably be another PC-59.

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    Favorite Trail:   Squeezer 2003

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano HG, stuff on department store bikes


    Bike Setup:   2002 Rainier. XT front der. LX rear dr. Deore crank. 9spd cassette Sram PC-59 chain

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian W a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

    Date Reviewed: May 29, 2004

    Strengths:    decent price, works great IF you take care of it.

    Weaknesses:    link gets hard to remove after a season or so

    Bottom Line:   
    I'm on my second PC-59 now, the first one lasted about a year and a half, and it was thoroughly abused, rarely cleaned or lubed for the first year. I think many of the negative reviews are a result of people who have no idea how to maintain a mountain bike drivetrain. I started using white lightning about 2 years ago, before every ride or every other ride, and have yet to break a chain since. If you wipe down the chain and lube it regularly it will last for quite a while. I ride aggressively on N GA trails and the chain has not let me down. This was a great upgrade from the shimano chain that came on my bike, shifts better and is easier to remove.

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    Favorite Trail:   Thunder

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano chains, KMC chains

    Bike Setup:   Enduro FSR, shimano xt and lx drivetrain, sram chain

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Paul Sieb a Cross Country Rider from Antelope

    Date Reviewed: May 18, 2004

    Strengths:    Power link is a handy device if you need to take out a link suddenly for some bizzare reason.

    Weaknesses:    The power link creates a definite weak spot that will break eventually.

    Bottom Line:   
    Do not use for gnarly downhill use or on any bike that gets chain suck. Always bring a chain tool along!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Rough Go

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Local Shop

    Similar Products Used:   shimano

    Bike Setup:   Epic xc

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