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SRAM PC-991 Cross Step Chain

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Product Description

The 991 Cross-Step features riveted pins for extra-strong side plate retention, a nice upgrade for bigger or more aggressive riders. 9 speed 114 links Claimed weight: 294 grams Includes 1 powerlink connecting link for easy assembly


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike D. from Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2013

Strengths:    Strong as any chain. Never breaks.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is the only chain I've been using since 2009. I replace it every 1,500 miles due to stretching, but it has never broken. I ride mostly singletrack with steep climbs. The chain outlasts the rest of the drivetrain, I don't have to worry about it when going for long rides miles away from civilization. I keep it lubed with Pro Gold the night before I ride to let it soak in.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by drewdoeboy

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2013

Strengths:    I am a clyde (275lbs) and I have had this chain for three years of light to moderate riding. I clean the chain every time I ride and I feel that when its clean, it's pretty quite. Since replacing this chain three years ago the only thing I have broken is the Cassette. I feel completely comfortable in putting some power down on steep climbs and never think twice about it.
Now lets see if they make a 10spd version....


Weaknesses:    It is not light compared to some chains out there. When its dirty it seems to have a gritty feel to the shift, but that is because its caked with mud or grim. It's also kind of loud as well.

Bottom Line:   
I would recommend this chain to any clyde out there. Learn how to shift your bike and you won't have to worry about this chain breaking at all. Keep it clean and love your bike, your bike will love you back.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Thomas a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2012

Strengths:    Well... It's a SRAM. Light weight. Looks good. That's it. Notice nothing abou the quality. Wondering why? Thought so. Now look at the weaknesses.

Weaknesses:    Let's start with the fact that the chain has broken three times in the last two months. It's a SRAM, so I'm talking about a cheap component here. I ride somewhere in between eight and fifteen miles a weekend. Not a lot of miles compared to some riders.

Bottom Line:   
Unhappy with the breaks. Let's see if SRAM will help me resolve the issue by replacing it soon.

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Similar Products Used:   SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin

Bike Setup:   Cannondale 2004 Jekyll

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by LiveWire a Cross Country Rider from Waterloo, On

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2010

Strengths:    Weight, design, build quality.

Weaknesses:    Too much metal has been removed to make this thing lightwieght.

Bottom Line:   
I really don't want to be that guy who complains "I broke this my first time out." But that's exactly what happened to me. Took this chain out on a weekend ride this past weekend and on the second big hill climb the chain let go. On investigating, the pin had pulled out of one of the outer link and bent the other outer link outwards.

The outer links are pretty thin. Probably this is not a problem for a lighter rider -- I'm the prototypical Clydesdale, however, so I'm probably a little too heavy for this chain. I'm going to go try a PC-951 instead and see if it's a little more durable.

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Favorite Trail:   Puslinch Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   KMC, other SRAM.

Bike Setup:   2010 Rockhopper Comp Disc, King Hubs, BB7 brakes, King headset, FR-7 brake levers, Chromag Fubars OS, PDW Dapper Dan grips, Crank Bros Split QR skewers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alain a Cross Country Rider from Angers, France

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2010

Strengths:    as strong as a 9sp chain could be

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I am mostly a commuter, with aprox 5000km/year. Every day, all season, all terrain (road, tracks, rain, dust, mud, snow, salt, you name it).
I have been using the current crossstep for 10 months; It should last 2 more.
With 4000km on the clock it's only starting to show some sign of wear, right now it's 5mm longer than the brand new one waiting for it's turn.
Shifting is still s good as new, though pedaling is not as smooth as it used to be. The whole drive train is pretty much done anyway.
Care has been decent but not maniac (oil twice a week, complete drive train cleaning every month)

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Favorite Trail:   home - work

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   bike-components.de

Similar Products Used:   sram 991, sram 951

Bike Setup:   XC comp hard trail (sid team, crossmax slr, juicy7, XO drive train)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtbbiker@heart a Weekend Warrior from Corona, CA

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2010

Strengths:    Strong, very easy to install, quiet, shifts smooth.

Weaknesses:    None. If you consider a bit of extra weight as a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
If you are a heavier rider, and require a stronger chain I would recommend this one (cross-step). I have been very pleased with the performance of this chain. 2.5 months and no issues.

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $26.00

Purchased At:   Tree Fort

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, SRAM 971

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel EX8

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dubdryver a Cross Country Rider from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2010

Strengths:    Very Strong! Durable non-rusting finish. Take care of it, and it will take care of you!

Weaknesses:    weight? but it weighs the same as a regular 991, XTR,XT,LX....except for hollowpins and other cutout chains

Bottom Line:   
If anyone is scratching their head as to what the "CrossStep" is, here you go! The rivets have a different profile through the length of the link. Also the rivet tabs are turned verticle versus horizontal. The gains to this chain is an extra 50kgf (kilograms of force) strength ratio. These chains are wicked strong, and long lasting.

I have done a no-no, and used the same chain through two different cassettes and two different cranks. In three years, on three different bikes with different cassettes and different cranks, I have yet to have any chain stretch or wear. I also ride on average 4 days a week 20+mi. techical Singletrack in mud, dust, sand, saltwater...just no snow. I have to say that this is probably one of the most durable chains on the market! I bought a new one about 1 year ago thinking I would replace it, but it is still sitting in the original packaging w/o the sticker seal broken. Seriously, no joke about this chain, it is very good. The finish is great, it cleans up easily and always looks shiny. I am not a super XC lightweight either. I started out using this chain at 192lb. I weigh 176 now, but it is definitely strong too. I am sure the clydesdales would not have a problem with this chain either.

Another great detail about this chain (unlike Shimano) It comes with a great master link, that works well, and makes service considerably easier! I honestly feel it is the "Chris King or Thompson" of chains, they are that good!

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Favorite Trail:   too many to say

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   XT level..not going to look up the nomenclature

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon, Santa Cruz Blur Classic, K2 Razorback Team

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nitrometal a Cross Country Rider from Lanham, MD

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2010

Strengths:    The package it comes in can be re-used to keep stuff in. Yes, this is the strength of this product.

Weaknesses:    The fact that it exists.

Bottom Line:   
I needed a chain. I read the reviews. I got burned. Maybe I got a bad one, but in my opinion a good product needs to be CONSISTANTLY good! You can't have a "Friday at 5 pm" one in there every now and then. Anyway...I got 7 miles out of this chain. I wish I were exagerating this claim...but I'm not. Whatever the hell it means to "Cross-step" the rivets may work just fine, but the links twisted too quickly to find out. I didn't even have time to neglect this thing! If you want to trust this chain maybe you'll get a good one. The odds seem to be in your favor. Just beware as you dip in your ladle for that sweet refreshing sip. There is definitely a turd in the punch bowl. Will you get it in your cup??

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Favorite Trail:   Ralph Stover PA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   shimano, other sram chains

Bike Setup:   EWR, X9 package

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GoremanX a Cross Country Rider from Ile-Aux-Noix, QC

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2009

Strengths:    Has never broken, has never stretched

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have about 1000 miles on this chain so far. That's 1000 tough miles, from pavement to rough mountain forest trails. I weigh 250 pounds, and I really punish the drivetrain. Especially since I use a downhill cassette for everyday riding. Despite this, the chain has yet to stretch. It's still in perfect working condition. Of course, I keep it meticulously maintained, with regular cleaning and oiling. And I'm always careful not to cross-gear too far.

I'd happily buy this chain again and again in the future when I need new ones.

P.S. The X.7/X.0 rear derailleur I refer to in "bike setup" is an X.7 derailleur body with an X.0 short cage. The cog bushings in the old X.7 cage used to wear out all the time, so I got an X.0 cage for its sealed bearing cogs and bolted it in place of the X.7 cage.

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Favorite Trail:   Island Line, Burlington, VT

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $48.00

Similar Products Used:   Everything imaginable

Bike Setup:   2008 Kona Hoss frame, custom built from scratch. Relevant items: SRAM PG-970 DH 11-26 cassette, X.7/X.0 short cage rear derailleur, Race Face crankset with 22/36 ring gears and Shimano XT front derailleur.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike_d_1583 a Racer from cincinnati,OH

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2009

Strengths:    Strong as hell, lasts forever

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
After breaking other chains left and right I decided to give this a try. Put about 700 miles on it before it started to stretch. Gives me one less thing to worry about when I go on epic rides. I carry a chain tool but I don't know why because it has never failed me. Use it with a HG61 cassette and it works fine. Fast shifts

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Favorite Trail:   anything dangerous

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   other SRAM chains from pc48 to pc971

Bike Setup:   09' Hardrock
nothing stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jawndoe a Cross Country Rider from Norcal

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2008

Strengths:    Strong, Durable, Exceptionally Precise.

Weaknesses:    It's heavy there are other chains which are 2-3oz lighter.

Bottom Line:   
I like to shift under load, and this chain hasn't busted. My cassette and chain ring wear seems to be minimal. While shifting underload it still hits the right gears at the right time 95% of the time which is better than most chains, especially considering it hasn't busted and wear on the rest of my components is nil. I still wish that it was lighter though.

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Favorite Trail:   Hole In The Ground

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   XTR Chains, SRAM PC-971

Bike Setup:   02 S-Works FSRxc w/ XO rd XTR e-type fd, XO trigger shifters, PG-990 Cassette, FSA K-Force carbon crankset w/ FSA rings, Gore Ride-On cables. The rest doesn't matter...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mudhut a Cross Country Rider from SLC, Utah

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2008

Strengths:    Like the powerlink for cleaning or other maintenance. They state you should replace it each time you disconnect, but I haven't had it fail yet after several uses.

Weaknesses:    Broke three times (different links) within 5 rides. Fortunately I always carry spare parts and a chain tool. I'm just happy I never got stranded or jamed/broke my derailleur.

Bottom Line:   
Chain is a little noisy, love the powerlink for convince--that part never failed. Has always failed while sitting, pedaling uphill--not stressing the chain particularly hard. I'll try to deal with their CS, see if I can return or exchange and will re-review if I have better luck.

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Favorite Trail:   Wasatch Crest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   XTR,SRAM 951

Bike Setup:   XTR cassette and front der., XO rear der., FSA carbon crank on a Ventana El Salt.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by crazyhorse79 a Cross Country Rider from ft lauderdale

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2008

Strengths:    Strenght, smoothness, looks.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
The best chain I've purchased, works quietly and smoothly specially when matched to a PG-990 cassette.
Good product overall.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

Similar Products Used:   shimano, sram

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic comp 07

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil a Weekend Warrior from Muskegon,Mi.

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2008

Strengths:    Strong Chain... I weigh 230 lbs. and it hasn't broke yet.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
I am not a small guy and I ride hard but this chain has held up to my pounding pretty well. If you keep it clean it will last.

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Favorite Trail:   Owassippie & Yankee Springs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Breakaway Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR,and Sachs.

Bike Setup:   2007 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR. Not stock at all...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason from Ventura County, CA

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2008

Strengths:    Sram's power link is great for maintaining the drive train.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Some people are wondering what the cross step technology is. I just downloaded the 2006 tech manual and the only difference between this and the rest of the Sram chain line up is the the "push power". The cross steps push power is rated at 562 while the rest of the chains are rated at 450.

One thing I noticed about this chain compared to hollow pin chains is it's super quiet when super dirty. When I was riding yesterday I noticed I was riding in gears I typically don't ride in with other chains. Example: I was in the big chain ring up front and 3rd or 4th from the big chain ring on the back without hitting the front derailleurs cage.

This is the best chain I've used and don't plan on ever using anything else.

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Favorite Trail:   Guadalasca/o???

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Michaels Bicycles in Newbury Park

Similar Products Used:   PC 990 & PC 991 hollow pin chains and shimano junk. The PC 990 link seized when the link gouged during shifting. No issues with the 991 Hollow pin. Shimano is just garbage!

Bike Setup:   Fisher Hifi Pro

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