I want to check my derailleur chain with a KMC Regular Chainchecker. Do I need to replace my chain when the Chainchecker drops in between 8 links?
In case you regularly checked your chain and the Chainchecker now starts to falls through, it indicates that your chain has worn for 75%.
In principle the chain can be used for another 25% of the distance already covered. (E.G. the mileage is 3000, and the chanchecker starts to fall through, then replace WITHIN the coming 1000 miles)
We recommend you to replace the chain within this distance, in this way you stand a good chance not having to change your cassette and chainwheels.Read more
I have bought your X-series chain. After unpacking, I found that the chain is rather sticky on the outside. Is that normal?During manufacturing one of the processes involves lubrication, we inject special grease into the chain. Right now a part of that grease stays on the chain's outside, which is needed to conserve and protect the chain during storage.
KMC recommends you to take away the excess grease from the chain's outside by spraying some (eco) cleaner along the chain and immediately wiping it. By removing the grease outside you will prevent it from atracting too much dirt. Make sure the grease inside the chain is not affected!
Beware of keeping it a little oiled after every ride in order to prevent rust. Read more
Hello! I just bought a new KMC X9L chain. But it is too long. What to do?The chain you have bought has a standard length (116 including MissingLink), long enough to fit most bikes.
- Take off the old chain, and count the links
- Count the same number of links on the new chain
- Take a chain tool, and press the pin out on the correct length and do make sure the chain ends on the inner-link, for re-connecting by MissingLink
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Hi KMC! I have 2 chains here, but I don't know what models they are and for which system I could use them. The codes on the chain are: Z-9J and Z9H, could you help me?The codes you mention are production related, in order to determine which chain you have on hand you could:
- Compare the chain with the product pictures on our website
- Take a picture of a few links and send it to: . We will help you to determine which chains you have
What makes KMC Chains so strong and durable?With scientifically-proven and tested technology, KMC Chain offers premium chains coated with special solutions such as our world-renowned RustBuster treatment of zinc and chrome. We also construct ground-breaking chains inside-out with advances such as our Sealed Locking technology, which preserves grease inside the chain to prolong its life. Read more
How much weight loss is there for KMC Super Light chains (X9SL & X10SL) compared to regular 9-speed and 10-speed chains?KMC Super Light chains weigh up to 10% - 15% lighter than standard 9-speed and 10-speed chains. Super lightweight are the Pro's first choice, making the difference between winning or second place. Read more
Are the KMC X9, X10 and X11 models compatible with other brands?
Yes, both KMC X9SL and X10SL are compatible with SRAM, Shimano, and Campagnolo equivalent chains.
Our X11-series are compatible with Campagnolo 11-speed.Read more
Why Choose KMC Chains over its competitors?The chain is the most important part of your bike as it delivers energy from the pedals to the drive-wheel. You need the most trusted name in bike chains-KMC provides the strongest bicycle transmission worldwide, ensuring you the safest and most reliable ride from start to finish. Most importantly, KMC has been in the industry for over 30 years and focusing only on chains. So, KMC has expertise manufacturing quality chains for bicycles. You can not go wrong with KMC Chains-we conform with the specs and standards of all types of bicycles, from comfort to BMX. As the most trusted name in bike chains worldwide, we guarantee you will find what you are looking for either through our website or over the phone. A premium product comes with superior service. Read more
Are KMC MissingKMC Links compatible with other brands?
Yes, KMC MissingLinks are compatible with SRAM, Shimano, and Campagnolo equivalent models. Please check out our connectors part in this site.Read more
Hi, I have a question concerning the Missing Link. Do I have to change the Link everytime I change the chain (always a new link for a new chain)?If the MissingLink is a 'Re-Usable' type you can use it as long as you ride the chain, once the chain is worn down, you need to discard of the MissingLink too.
If the MissingLink you are using is a 'Non-Re-Usable' type (MissingLink-1 and MissingLink-10 PRO), we advise you to change the link every time you open it.
We reccomend to keep one spare set with you during riding.
Do you have special MTB chains for 10-speed?
KMC makes the chains suitable for all disciplines, so they can be used in MTB and Race. Our team Vacansoleil (Road Race), Julie Bresset (MTB Olympic gold) and Sabine Spitz (MTB Olympic Silver) all use the same chain: X10SL.Read more
Are your 10-speed chains directional?
All our 10-speed chains are NON-Directional, which means that assmbly of our chains is indepedent of direction.Read more
Do your 10 speed chains fit on my Campagnolo Centaur?
KMC X10 series chains are compatible with all 10-speed systems, no matter Road, MTB; Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo - they fit all.Read more