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SRAM PowerLink™ Chain

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Product Description

Every chain is only as strong as its weakest link—traditionally, the connecting link. In contrast, the PowerLink? connection is just as strong and durable as every other link in the chain.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bob McComack a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2012

Strengths:    There fine when they work.

Weaknesses:    I've had several problems with SRAM powerlinks. The first time was during casual street biking and all of a sudden they collapsed in the middle of a ride. The second time I was climbing a fairly low incline trail and it just snapped. Then two weeks after I replaced those that broke on the climb, they broke again on a casual and relaxed trail ride. I haven't had the best experience with SRAM chains. Shimano are much less frustrating than SRAM. It sucks when your chain break at the beginning of a ride. Don't be like me and continue to replace your broken SRAM PowerLink with the same expensive and weak SRAM PowerLink.

Bottom Line:   
Maybe give them a try and see if they work for you but for me I'm just sick and tired of sitting out of a bike ride while my friends are out having fun.

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Purchased At:   REI

Bike Setup:   07' Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gear freak a Weekend Warrior from boston,ma

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2011

Strengths:    i generally clean my whole power train after riding in the rain, removing a chain using a chain breaker damages the side plates. a definite no-no with hyperglide

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i would not ride with out this product. yes, i like it

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Favorite Trail:   vehicular road cyckist

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   harris cyclery

Similar Products Used:   various ones going back 20 or so years to the super kink

Bike Setup:   54 speed greenspeed gto tadpole recumbent tricycle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xcalibur a Weekend Warrior from Cannock UK

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2008

Strengths:    Easy to assemble and take apart, if you practice before fitting it.

Weaknesses:    Tricky to take apart if you haven't learned how.and/or the link has got dirt jamming the plates.

Bottom Line:   
An ESSENTIAL spare part. It will get you get you going faster and more securely than anything else if you get a chain break, (you still need a chain breaker to remove old links). I fit one in the chain so I can easily remove it for cleaning, and carry a spare when I ride. Fitting is obvious and easy, just check you have properly mated both parts. To remove PRESS THE SIDE PLATES TOGETHER, then slide apart. If the chain is dirty than grit may stop the plates moving when you press them together. In that case, hold the chain either side of the link and repeatedly twist to loosen the dirt and try again. Practice at home so you get the feel of it. Enjoy

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Favorite Trail:   Follow the Dog

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Chain breaker to shorten chain.

Bike Setup:   Olympus XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by down hill a Downhiller from walsenburg

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2007

Strengths:    strong chain, it hasnt strechted too much, even after a downhil bike, street bike, and now on a trials bike

Weaknesses:    i only had the powerlink come undone once while riding, and the hardest part was finding the two peices in a huge parking lot

Bottom Line:   
great chain easy to remove dont need any special tools to remove, just a pair of needle nose plyers. if you find a way to have the powerlink to come undone while riding, you did something horribly wrong

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Favorite Trail:   pmi

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   The Great Divide

Similar Products Used:   some shimano chain (i robbed it from my brother)

Bike Setup:   steelhead noleen truvativ hollzfeller sram x-7 rear stuff and funn rims on shimano hubs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kelly a Cross Country Rider from Houston, Tx

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2006

Strengths:    So far nice chain. Haven't used it too long yet.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
The whole reason for this review was to let people know the trick to removing is pinching the side plates of the power link. I wrestled with it for a few minutes before looking here.

Grab the links on either side of the power link and push together until the powerlink is 90° to the chain. Pinch the side plates of the powerlink with one hand and push one of the adjacent links to slide the powerlink.

As soon as I pinched the sides of the powerlink the it slipped off very easy.

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Favorite Trail:   Ho Chi Minh

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Bike Barn

Similar Products Used:   Shimano. This is replacing a broken shimano

Bike Setup:   Old KHS Montana Comp. Just updating to 9 spd with SRAM X.7 shifters and RD.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Oleg Billert a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2005

Strengths:    Easy to install/remove

Weaknesses:    weak

Bottom Line:   
The link was broken after two weeks.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Bike Setup:   came with the chain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by j sutcliffe a Cross Country Rider from boise

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2004

Strengths:    easy to use. strong

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
link rocks. SRAM chain it came on with hollow pins was complete crap. the powerlink survived two chain breakages, before I chucked the chain in the garbage.

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Favorite Trail:   resurrection pass

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   mailorder

Bike Setup:   XC bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004

Strengths:    It IS really easy to get off. Play with it for long enough, and you'll get it.

Weaknesses:    Jerks like SGT. ROCK will make fun of you if you can't it right away. I had the worst time trying to get the thing off; now it takes me 5 seconds. It's not hard -- once someone's properly demonstrated or told you how to take it off. Still, Scubapro and others will somehow see your failure as a sign of their masculine superiority.

I really think that I know a headset from a chain, and that I'm a smart guy. It's just tricky to get the right motion down.


Bottom Line:   
I was wrestling with the damn thing for 30 minutes until I read smokey strodtman's advice to my girlfriend. "I got it. That was easy." It is easy, you just have to get it right.

It was hard as hell deciphering their advice. Here's mine:

1) Pinch the two links next to the Powerlink together so that the Powerlink bulges up.
2) Pinch the side plates of the power link together.
3) Push the links adjacent to the Powerlink toward each other. You should see the pins move into the inner hole.
4) Pins come out and the Powerlink comes apart.

I can't envision ever needing a tool for this. The "chopstick" advice from Frank Cannella seems ridiculous and just made me want to snap the link in two.

If this fails, just stop by your LSB and ask them to show you. You'll save yourself the hassle.

5 Chilis. I'll never ride without one from now on.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Used with a Klein Mantra from a friend

Bike Setup:   Klein Mantra Comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank Cannella a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

Strengths:    Excelent Product

Weaknesses:    Lack of informatio on how to break the link.

Bottom Line:   
To break the chain link is very simple. Do the following:
place two medium screw driver though the chain at both ends of the Power Link. Just like sticking two chop sticks through the chain. While holding the Power link squeeze the shafts of the two screw drivers together at the point that they enter the ends of the Power Link. The Power Link will snap open.
It's so easy!! Try it it's simple and a snap.

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Favorite Trail:   Fantasy Island Tucson, AZ

Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scubapro a Weekend Warrior from laguna beach

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2002

Strengths:    quick installation and removal of chain. works soooo well

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This link works, makes removal and installation of your chains quick and easy. I don't know what all the others are taking about when they say they can't remove the link without tools. It takes me two seconds to remove my chain! Now I can easily remove my chain for degreasing and put it right back before I ride!

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Favorite Trail:   santiago truck to old camp

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   shimano-tools required

Bike Setup:   '99 FSR-Fox Forx Vanilla RLC, MRP Bearings, BETD link, Stratos Helix Pro Shock, Avid Disc Brakes, King Headset, Answer Protaper Carbon bar...

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Keefe a Downhiller from Dover,nj

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    Chain and link have worked fine for 6 months

Weaknesses:    Power link nick named PERMANENT LINK. Chain tool is faster.

Bottom Line:   
Spent 45 minutes tring to get the permanent link out, after I tried evryones tricks as listed on this site. The idea is great and it works great when you have the link in your hand but you can forget it once it's on the bike. The only thing I can possibly think of is maybe somehow I squeezed a 9 speed link on an 8 speed chain? Good chain, bad link.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Other assorted chains with removable pins

Bike Setup:   8 speed

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Portland, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2002

Strengths:    Makes taking off your chain a snap, gold color looks cool.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
Easy to use, makes taking your cahin off for cleaning much easier, not a gimmick that will just disconnect and jam (like the sachs one I tried, it SUCKED!). Eryone who owns a derailler chain should have one of these on it, period.

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Favorite Trail:   the one I haven't ridden yet

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Lakeside Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Masterlink for 1/8" and 3/6" BMX chains, Sachs something stupid.

Bike Setup:   K2 Zed Team, very nice

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SGT. ROCK a Racer from Edmonton, AB

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Strengths:    Works
Doesn't break


Bottom Line:   
I hope these guys that can't open this connector aren't working on more complex parts of their bikes, like the brakes and headset. Any shop that can't get this thing open without tools is totally incompetent. Stay the hell away from my bike!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Taya connector


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nigey a Weekend Warrior from Westwood, MA

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Strengths:    simple, strong, light, it works! No need to split chain to remove it anymore. It came with the chain I bought but it is cheap to get by its own.

Weaknesses:    You really have to get the knack of removing it; no reading of instructions will help you out that much until you do it. The link should be clean to aid removal.

Bottom Line:   
First, I've got to say that on my first attempt to remove the power link, I got really frustrated. No amount of effort seemed to move the thing. I used pliers and choice Anglo-Saxon english to no avail. Then all of a sudden........ I got it. You really have to coordinate your finger pressure and direction at the same time.

My only reservation is after reading previous reviews -I wonder with time if it could become more difficult to remove -although it could be that previous reviewers got a bad lot, or it could be that they just didn't get the "knack". We shall see.

Anyway, since then removing it (have done so at least 6-8 times since) has been remarkably easy. It really is so much easier and better for your chain than having to remove/reinstall pins.

Like almost all the best ideas, it's really simple in design. Five chilis!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with chain

Similar Products Used:   "regular" chain with chain remover

Bike Setup:   C'Dale 500 SRAM drivechain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by smokey strodtman a Cross Country Rider from gilliam, MO USA

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Strengths:    makes it easier to remove chain for cleaning when working on drivetrain.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
lots of riders seem to have problems removing these links. this is what works for me; use bungee cord to pull rear derailleur forward and put slack in chain. turn powerlink 90 degrees to rest of chain. squeeze in powerlink sideplates with one hand while using other hand to squeeze on ends of link. if link is difficult to move, use needle nose pliers to squeeze sideplates and regular pliers to move ends. (i rarely have to use tools for removal). remember that one side has to go up while the other goes down. lots of gummy chain lube and dirt makes the process much more difficult. be sure to wipe off excess when lubing your chain and you should have no problems. your chain will also last a lot longer.

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Favorite Trail:   landahl, rhett's run, rock bridge state park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   bikesource

Similar Products Used:   shimano connecting link.

Bike Setup:   fisher hardtail, mostly SRAM 9.0 drivetrain with LX front derailleur.

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