KMC X11EL 11s BlackTech118 Links Chain
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CHAIN WEAR & TIPS
On this page we would like to give you some tips for maintenance and usage, which we follow ourselves.
This will help you prolong the chain’s life and improve its performance.
A new Chain
Usually the chain feels a little sticky on it’s outside, you can remove it with a cloth containing some (non-aggressive) cleaner. It prevents the chain attracting dirt.
When to maintain your chain?
Maintenance depends very much on the conditions you ride in, obviously wet, off-road, dusty or muddy conditions
require a more intensive schedule than dry and smooth roads.
Signs to look for:
For road use, inspect your chain at least once every month or every 250 kilometres (150 miles).
For off road use, inspect your chain at least once every 100 kilometres (60 miles).
|Use a piece of dry cloth.||Cleaning the bearing ends.|
|Lubricate the chain ends.||Lubricate the rollers.|
Regularly inspect your chain for:
Before re-connecting your chain, clean the chain ends inner bearings to make sure no dirt remains, then apply some grease inside and on the connector’s pins.
Finally test the chain by running and shifting the gears, to make sure the system functions perfectly.
In general, one of our Long Life or Hi-performance (X and X-SL) chains will give you the best durability and performance.
We are often asked: “How many kilometres can I expect out of a chain?”. Well, according to our road test results, there is a wide range of chain life varying from 1000 km (heavy duty MTB) to 17000 km (Road Racing).
Obviously chain wear depends on the individual circumstances:
KMC’s X-Series chains have been extensively tested, and compared to other brands, we can confidently say that you will not be disappointed; we even have a unique satisfaction warranty on many products!
Prevent unnecessary chain wear
To obtain the maximum mileage from your drive-train irrespective of the type of chain, simply:
To check the chain’s elongation
A worn chain has a negative effect on your drive train, not only a loss of shifting function, but when extremely worn, you even risk breakage.
Replacing your chain regularly ensures optimum performance, reduces wear on your chainset and sprockets and avoids any nasty shocks.
If you do not have a gauge to test the chain’s elongation you could roughly check by put the chain on the outer chainring and lift up the chain from the middle of the ring - if you can lift it more than half a link, the chain or chainring, or both, are probably worn.
KMC has developed two chain checkers, the Regular Chain Checker, which can give you a good indication of the chain’s condition, and a special digital chain wear indicator, the ‘Digital Chain Checker’, which allows you to exactly measure the chain’s elongation.
Changing the chain on time (not too early and not too late) prevents excess wear on other drive-train parts, so you can prevent unnecessary high repair costs.
|Regular chain checking||Regular Chain Checker|
|Digital Chain Checker|
In general KMC recommends checks at the following intervals:
Note: The chain life varies; it depends on the product you use, the circumstances you ride under and the maintenance you adopt.
“A chain is a chain,
they’re not so different”
We hope that after reading this, you have become aware of many different applications, treatments and qualities involved in a seemingly simple product, a chain.
This ‘simple’ chain - consisting of roughly 650 single parts - is probably one of the most important, hi- tech and crucial parts of your bike.
When it functions well, you are not aware of
its existence, but when there is something wrong, you will either be annoyed with the loss of performance, the noise, or even worse, a breakage.
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