zoom KMC Z510-HX Silver Chain
A chain that is compatible with bikes such as: Beach cruiser, BMX, Freestyle, Track bike, Industrial bike, Electric Bike, Exerciser, and Internal gear hub systems.
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.
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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KMC's Z510HX chain is Intended primarily for the rigours of BMX racing and internal hub transmissions, but this beefy 112 link chain also lends itself particularly well to fixed and single speed applications.
The anti drop design, counters chain sag and suits road conversions, although isn't so effective on frames with vertical ends (better served by a half link design that allows the creation of a "magic gear" to achieve good chain line).
Fitting the chain is easy and intuitive, although the chunky "Mushroom" pins made cutting to correct length something of a feat using a traditional chain breaker. However, once split it's simply a case of popping the ends together courtesy of the reusable tool free link.This felt quite insubstantial and I feared it might split under load but so far despite concerted effort I have no problems on that score.
Even though it's not rustproof in the commonly accepted sense, the chain's silver finish has lost none of its lustre despite constant exposure to wet, salt strewn winter roads. Similarly, despite pairing with a very modest sprocket and sparing lubrication it remains surprisingly refined.
I reserve judgement on the magical properties of the "Stretch Proof" mushroom pin; not least as chains don't stretch-they wear. However, on the strength of the past month's slavery it would appear a bargain upgrade for lower end production fixers and other bikes in hard service.
Solid, dependable and inexpensive chain for hard working steeds
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