KMC Missing Link
KMC Chains: Connectors
missing link is the answer to repair KMC chains. It comes
in various sizes, but for 9 speed bicycle chain specifications
it is 6.6mm in width to work seamlessly with the rest of the chain
(5.9mm for the 10 speed). So make sure you buy the correct missing
link to match your KMC chain size.
It comes typically in a card of six links, although it can be
KMC suggests that it is designed for a single use application,
for on trail repairs and that you must use a chain tool to push
out the pins just as you would on any other link. This reduces
the strength of the rivets and leads to chain failure.
That's the corporate story, but I have buddies that have used
needle nosed pliers to remove and reconnected this link over a
dozen times with great success.
Don't find this link as easy to use as the SRAM links but you
can get the Park masterlink chain tool and it makes the job much
Cost: $3-4 each or $11.00-14.00
for a card of 6
NOTE: make sure that you get "new" stock as the older
connector is not nearly as friendly and definitely a one use application..
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