Wippermann Connex 908 Chain

3.27/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.99


  • Store Price
    Buy Now
    Buy Now
    Buy Now
    Buy Now
    Buy Now

Product Description

Wippermann conneX 908 Nickel-plated 9 Speed Chain is a strong and durable chain. Speeds: 9-Speed Chain Compatibility: 9-Speed Weight: 308 g Width: 6.5 mm Links: 114 links


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jrahm a Cross Country Rider from Sisters OR

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2008

Strengths:    quick link

Weaknesses:    price and performance

Bottom Line:   
repeated development of sticking links, with a terrible ghost shifting problem. link loosening was not easy, set out on the next outing with the chain ok, then more sticking and worsening shifting. expensive but problematic item is now landfill. new sram 991 works perfectly, end of story. not sure how to account for this as i know people who love these things and ride them problem free for ages. personally, never again. I am 190#, is that it?

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   PRT

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   shimano, sram

Bike Setup:   ti racer-x 29er, xtr

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Weekend Warrior from Boulder, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I love this chain. While it is true that it does not shift quite as smoothly as the Shimano, it shifts very well and is removable. The key thing about the 908 chain is that it is very strong and relatively stiff so it does not get bent or twisted under load... I've always prematurely twisted Shimano and SRAM chains, but never a Wipperman.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rod a Cross Country Rider from Gainesville, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2006

Strengths:    Quick link.Looks like quality.

Bottom Line:   
This chain was better than the KMC X9( not so good ), but it did not shift smoothly at all, no matter how I adjusted the der etc I could not get it to shift well. It would ride the side of the cassette and drop with a clunk, load/no load. Took it off and installed HG 93, immediate improvement. The shimano chain likes the shimano cassette, and they lived happily ever after.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   KMC X9, Shim HG93.

Bike Setup:   XTR rear der,new xt 5 arm cassette, 34t.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by J-P a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2005

Strengths:    Quick-link. Easy to clean the chain.

Weaknesses:    Snaps, snaps & snaps, worn after only about 300kms of use.
Expensive for the short time it lasted.


Bottom Line:   
People raved about the connex and the quick link, so I decided to give it a go. After only about 300kms the chain snaps multiple times in one ride. Always in another place, the quick link is still holding strong. I clean my drive-train regularly, my cassette & chain ring are in good condition. I inspected the chain after that major failure and I could see that some of the links where very loose and most of the rest of the links where still very thight. Shouldn't every link have about the same amount of wear?
A defect or just bad product? I have no idea.
Shimano chains are cheaper an are lasting longer.
I hope that the Wipperman 808 on my commuter is goin to last a bit longer.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   all single tracks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Mud sweat & gears

Similar Products Used:   Shimano for 15 years.
Wippermann 808.


Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Vance Payne a Racer from Montreal qc. Canada

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2005

Strengths:    Silent and shifts flawlessly, at first

Weaknesses:    Well I have to tell you I was lured in by the hype of these chains, but after having my first one break on me four times in a month (after only two months I might add)I wasn`t very impressed. I thought it was just maybe fluke so I bought another one, this time in pimpin blue. I was forced to change my cassette (wich I found odd after such a short amount of milege). its been a month and 400km later, the blue is gone and the chain is starting to do funny things in normal conditions on the new cassette. I had also recomende it to clients were I work and one of them have come back after not even a months riding. Aren`t these suppoed to be bionic chains made to the highest german standards?




Bottom Line:   
should have stuck with sram, the old sachs. They had never failed me in 14 yrs, Rode them until they skipped then replaced them and I usually go through two drive trains a year- DON`T BELEIVE THE HYPE!!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   I`ll never tell you

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   no other wipperman or connex product but switched to sachs when I was 18, and was still using them (I`m 32yrs now)

Bike Setup:   specialized enduro Sram/race face gearing

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Black Mountain, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2005

Strengths:    good, solid chain. quick link is easy to use.

Weaknesses:    quick link is easy to install incorrectly

Bottom Line:   
I've had a connex stainless chain on my road bike for years and love it. I got the nickel version for my mtb and it drove me nuts for well over a month. it would always skip in the 11-t cog. I tried changing my chainline, putting on a different cassette, everything.

Finally, I saw that an earlier reviewer had the same experience, and that I just had the quick link on upside down. This wouldn't be too big of a deal except that I never found any instructions on their website to avoid this, and I never saw anything on which side goes up or down anywhere else... maybe if I read the instructions more thoroughly...

This is a good chain if it's installed correctly... just make SURE it's installed correctly or it will make your life hell.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   sram, shimano

Bike Setup:   heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kahuna3 a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2005

Strengths:    This Wipperman 908 is pretty well bomb proof. I've ridden Wippermans on my VT2 for 2 years and I've never had a proble, no stretching, no breaks. I'm over 200lbs and a hard driver, I put lots of strain on chains, I've broken Shimanos and SRAMS, but the Wipperman just hangs in there. I took a 10 day off-road trip to Switzerland and that chain hauled me all the way with no complaints. Last weekened I did a knarly, mud-packed, water filled, sandy 75 kilometer enduro with lots of vertical and that 908 performed! Just like I knew it would.

I also love the quick release link, I can get my chain off.on in a minute. Its great for keeping the chain clean - I take it off with the link, its a snap, clean it real good (varsol in a plastic peanut butter jar) oil it and snap it back on.

The Wipperman is also a good, consistent, reliable shifter.

I can't say enough about these chains, I love 'em. My buddy has popped a SRAM and a Shimano when riding with me this season. Last wee he said "I gotta get myself a Wipperman!"


Weaknesses:    None - nada, nothing.

Bottom Line:   
If you are a hard driver who is serious about a reliable drive train, Get one, you will love it. Give up on Shimano and SRAM chains.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   PowerLine

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Shimano and SRAM

Bike Setup:   VT2, SRAM XO, Race Face, King/Mavic 819, Thomson, Crank Bros and WIPPERMAN!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by K L a Racer from Bend, OR / Chicago, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2005

Strengths:    Easy to clean, easy to install

Weaknesses:    Stiff links. Shifting from small to big chainring requires very slow cadence compared to Shimano. Shifting performance comparable to Shimano. Colored chains let you pimp out your bike.

ALSO: VERY IMPORTANT: avoid mixing chain materials. The Wipperman 9x1 Stainless is extremely weak. Combining a 908 with a 9x1 will result in a broken chain as I've found out with two nearly new chains. The 9x1 Stainless is a total waste of money. Read for yourself. I'm not the only one.

This isn't a bad chain, but I've had a better overall experience with Shimano chains. The chain is very easy to clean, which can be a big plus for mtb'ers.


Bottom Line:   
Not a bad chain, easy to clean, but Shimano will be more reliable in my opinion. Be sure to always carry a chain tool with Wippermans...

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   Sinclair Imports

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Dura-Ace/XTR, Ultegra HG-91,92,93, HG-71/72, Wipperman Stainless 9spd

Bike Setup:   Cervelo Soloist Full DA, Fisher Supercal 29er XT/XTR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Elliott a Cross Country Rider from Apache Junction AZ

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2005

Strengths:    tool free maintenance, strong, quick shifting, quiet (I use ATB brand lube out of Mesa AZ)

Weaknesses:    none, so far... these chains don't seem to stretch, noticed a little daylight between the rollers and front gear teeth, so I measured the O.D.s with calipers and found that they were .005" smaller than those on the new 908 replacement. No missed shifts, just being on the safe side changing to a new one (1st new one since Oct.)

Bottom Line:   
The only way to go is up...Next new chain will be a 9x1 for the stainless and harder rollers, but I really can't complain about the 908, as it has outlasted all the other chains listed above with riding in the sand and flooded washes 3 days a week consistently, 8 - 15 miles per day.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Sedona (all of them!)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $18.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano HGs, SRAM PC99, SEDIS, SuperShuttle KMCs
Never tried hollow pins, they're for road ONLY!!!


Bike Setup:   '04 Enduro Pro 5", Hope hubs & Brakes, Goodridge hoses, M760 cranks, rapid rise, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jorge Pinto a Weekend Warrior from Almada, Portugal

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2005

Strengths:    Fair price. Normal longevity(around 1000-1200km)

Weaknesses:    None!!

Bottom Line:   
The black stuff went off on first ride. Must more stiffer than Sram chains and shifts well. Do we need more?

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   local store

Similar Products Used:   Sram 59,99 with allow pins and connex 9x1.

Bike Setup:   Giant Escaper'92 with FSA chainrings and cassette XT

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Loveland,CO

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2005

Strengths:    Connex link
Light


Weaknesses:    Broke too easily

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 9 speed hollow pin model. I've been a SRAM chain fan for years and decided to try the Wipperman on the shop's advice.
The connex chain connector is the biggest plus. Much easier to install and remove when junked up compared with the SRAM powerlink, but one must be sure to install it correctly or it jumps on the cassette.
shifting performance is no better or worse than other chains.

My big diasppointment is that this chain snapped under normal use on its 6th ride. I wasn't cross gearing or doing anything else unusual. I'm disappointed and will be going back to SRAM chains, but will keep the connex link.

Any chain can break, but because I haven't broken a SRAM since '01, I'm going to have to give this one a poor review.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Everything SRAM & Shimano has put out


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Speiche Spoke from Tulsa

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2005

Strengths:    Very durable, connex connector works very easy and it's fast

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Great product for bikers that demand a lot from a chain, I believe this is a high tech product!

For information about all the chains they have go to their website and read who is using wippermann chains and compare the tests!! Very impressive!!!

http://www.connexchain.com

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Everything Shimano XT

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Levi Bloom a Racer from Clearfield, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2004

Strengths:    Price, Ease of use, Looks

Weaknesses:    Durability

Bottom Line:   
I got this chain last August since my old chain was definitely worn out. I installed it on a brand new XT cassette and Race Face rings. Everything seemed fine.

I only rode it for a month before I went to college, and that was mostly on the road. No mtb racing or even intense riding.

Then I did a week of road riding on it in December and a week in March. After a total of 6 weeks of riding it, maybe 250 miles, I noticed a few side plates were busted.

I just took those out and shortened the chain, not that big a deal.

But after another couple weeks of riding, I noticed that almost every plate was cracking around the pin!

The chain seemed like it would be great, but it had the worst durability of any chain I've seen. After this experience, I cannot recommend it to anyone.

I'm sticking to SRAM chains. Never had a problem with them.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar.com

Similar Products Used:   SRAM and Shimano chains

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC SE2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brown Teeth a Cross Country Rider from Morro Bay CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2004

Strengths:    Sexy out of the box, love the black rollers, but only lasts one ride. Compatible with all cassettes/rings and the connectx link easier to use than sram link but a bit larger.

Weaknesses:    Average life span, nothing special, shifts like all other chains, if anything chain was more supple than sram 59/69. Lasts 800 miles in dusty dirty coastal riding conditions hauling my 210 lbs carcass and 30+ trail bike.

Bottom Line:   
Good chain never had one break just wore out like any another other chain, occasionally can be found under 20$ and well worth it then. I did find after about half its life it was a bit more rough to shift, but hey everychain has that problem.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   supergo/performance

Similar Products Used:   Shimano(old stuff) and sram PC59 (good deal at 14$) PC69 (not worth the extra 6$ for a shinny chain)

Bike Setup:   Marin trail pro, fox on both ends, 04 XT hydros..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2004

Strengths:    Easy to install
Strong
Reliable
Shifts well


Weaknesses:    Master link has to be installed correctly or chain will hop on smallest cog

Bottom Line:   
The 908 is strong and stiffer than SRAM chains. I am very hard on chains as I unwisely shift under power which has a tendancy to twist the links. The Wipperman is more resistant to being twisted than SRAM, but I've still managed to twist a link or two. They can be fixed by using 2 crescent wrenches to gently untwist the link(s). The Connex link is simpler to install than SRAM but you have to be careful to install it correctly or you'll end up with a click/hop when the master link passes over the 11 tooth cog. These seem to be a bit harder to find than SRAM or Shimano, but worth the search.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   SRAM, Shimano

Bike Setup:   Titus Switchblade, 9 speed Shimano XT/XTR

Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

 


Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!



















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »

   

MTBR on Facebook