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post #1 of 6 Old 01-22-2020, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone replaced their chain?

During my winter maintenance I was cleaning the chain (within an inch of it's life) and noticed the the rollers were pretty loose and once I really got it super clean the rollers were pretty bad. The bike has 23,000 miles, so a chain is not out of the question. So I looked and the strongest chain I could find was the RK 525 3D Z series. So I got it, hopefully it wears well. It looks a bit different, but the gold part will hide the look of the chain wax I use.
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Yes.Looks good.I used a DID 530(?)(whatever the stock pitch is) zvm gold x-ring.Pretty sure that's what it is.Plus did the front and rear sprockets as well.Turned out the bike returned to it's smooth as glass performance.Very nice.Had forgotten how smooth the new bike actually felt from the factory.Also balanced the tires.Contiattack Sport3's.Grip like crazy.Last set went around 5k miles(closer to 6).
I bought a chain tool as well...It won't allow the plates to be pressed in too far.So there's no worry about getting it wrong.It's not a motion pro.It's something else.Same basic design though.Plus it has no pin to break.

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I am also running Conti Attack Sport3's, they do grip well.
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My H2's chain has had a different kind of abuse. It's only done 3,000 miles but most of this has been land speed racing. It's five years old this March, has done something like 150 standing mile runs and the only time I've adjusted the tension is when replacing the rear sprocket for gearing changes. It goes without saying that it is cleaned and lubricated regularly. So far there's no discernible wear.
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I think mine did pretty well for 23,000 miles. I adjusted it a few times, nothing major. Hopefully this 3D chain (I couldn't find anything with a higher tinsel strength) holds up well.
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RK or EK Ted?

I bought a EK ThreeD chain for the extended swing-arm bike and love it. It "feels" and "looks" better engineered than any other chain I've ever owned and with a 10,000ft/lb tensile strength should stand-up to lots of punishment.

Their packaging on the "ThreeD" chains is weird though, looks like a cheap Chinese rip-off and isn't obvious that's it's EK. Someone in marketing needs a smack.
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