KMC X8-99 8 Speed Chain
Top Features of the KMC X8-99 8 Speed Chain
- ½" x 3/32"
- Extra stretchproof mushroomed pin enhanced durability
- Includes missing link
- Extremely durable
- Low maintenance & high reliability
Bulls-Eye pin: The unique KMC bulls-eye pin riveting provides unsurpassed side plate retention.
X-SP treatment: KMC's extreme stretchproof treatment of pins and plates makes this chain less susceptible to wear caused by sand or other exterior material invading into the chain bearings. Drastically enhancing durability.
High alloy material: Pins and plates, made out of special alloy material, reduces chain stretching and thus prolongs chain life.
X-Bridge: The x-bridge outer plate has been configured with precisely articulated angles for quicker and smoother gear shifting and quieter riding.
A bicycle chain is a 'roller chain' that has the task of transferring power from the cranks to the rear wheel of the bike thus propelling it. Most bicycle chains are made from alloy steel, but some are chrome plated or stainless steel to prevent rust, or simply for good looks. Chains will vary in width depending on the amount of gears you have, most are 3/32 inch for use with geared systems and then come in 'speeds' which needs to matched to the cassette, ie a 10 speed cassette will need a 10 speed chain and so on. Track bikes or single speeds often run 1/8 inch rings so will need a 1/8 inch chain as well, these will have larger plates to aid stopping on a fixed wheel, which can add extra stress to a chain.
About the KMC brand
KMC produces 82 million chains a year and is a major supplier to Shimano who fit 10 spd chains which are also Campagnolo compatible. The latest KMC X series MTB chains feature Bulls eye pin riveting and X bridge outer plate configuration for quicker, quieter gear changing. Kool chain is well known amongst BMX and freestyle riders for its strength.
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Product Q & A
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KMC chain comes with a quick link which you can fit just with your hands.
You will still need a chain cutter (chain rivet extractor) to take off your old chain, and adjust the length of this new chain.
Hope this helps.
A chain breaker tool (check the tools section) will easily allow you to remove a link pin, making the chain the desired length.
You can then use the provided joiner link / quicklink to join the chain once you have installed it.
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