I found out recently that although SRAM 10sp chains use their Powerlinks, but unlike their 8sp and 9sp chains, they are only to be opened and closed one-time.
I read that too. Is that what SRAM reccomends? Or is there something going on that prevents the link from being re-used? I suppose it isn't a big deal either way but I have a stock of new and used 9 spd PowerLinks that have come in very handy. If the 10 spd PowerLinks function the same as the 9 spd I can't imagine what would prevent them from being re-used.
I have gone round and round with gear inches, 10 spd, 9 spd, 2X, 3X and all of the combinations and think I have it all figured out...............finally! For the type of riding I am setting this bike up for I am pretty sure the combination that is going to work for me would be 11-36 with 24-34-bash up front. I have an email in to Race Face to see if I can get 10 spd rings in 34 for the SIXC crank. I can't see why not but who knows these days.
I am trying to avoid giving up too much top end when I ditch the big ring; that is why originally I was looking at 24-36 chainrings. But, after going through the gear combinations I am concerned that the 36/36 (big-big) combination is going to force me to shift to the granny in situations where I used to be able to stay in the middle ring. Trying to avoid a situation where I need to make a desperation shift under load in technical riding, or even worse starting a climb in the granny to avoid the desperation shift.
I know I am obsessing, and I know I have the gears available but it isn't easy to teach an old dog new tricks. Plus, it is one hell of a lot of money to spend to find out it isn't set-up in a way that works for me.
Thanks for the helpful comments.