SRAM PC-991 Cross Step Chain

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PC-991 Cross Step

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

User Reviews (18)

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Mike D. from Colorado   [Jul 05, 2013]
Strength:

Strong as any chain. Never breaks.

Weakness:

None

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
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drewdoeboy   [Jan 17, 2013]
Strength:

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....

Weakness:

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.

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
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Thomas   All Mountain Rider [Jun 24, 2012]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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

Similar Products Used: SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
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2
LiveWire   Cross Country Rider [Oct 12, 2010]
Strength:

Weight, design, build quality.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: KMC, other SRAM.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
alain   Cross Country Rider [Sep 01, 2010]
Strength:

as strong as a 9sp chain could be

Weakness:

none

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)

Similar Products Used: sram 991, sram 951
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
mtbbiker@heart   Weekend Warrior [Jun 27, 2010]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Shimano XT, SRAM 971
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
dubdryver   Cross Country Rider [Jun 04, 2010]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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!

Similar Products Used: XT level..not going to look up the nomenclature
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Nitrometal   Cross Country Rider [May 20, 2010]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

The fact that it exists.

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??

Similar Products Used: shimano, other sram chains
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
GoremanX   Cross Country Rider [Nov 20, 2009]
Strength:

Has never broken, has never stretched

Weakness:

none

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.

Similar Products Used: Everything imaginable
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
mike_d_1583   Racer [Sep 04, 2009]
Strength:

Strong as hell, lasts forever

Weakness:

none

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

Similar Products Used: other SRAM chains from pc48 to pc971
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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