I'm wondering if all 10-speed chains fit to 3x10. A lot of webshops say that the chain is "for road bikes 2x10" or something like that. Or nothing at all. The chain I have right now (Shinano CN HG-54) is "ultra narrow", but I'm not sure if that's because it's a 10-speed, or if there are sizing issues between 1x10, 2x10, and 3x10.

I appreciate any input!

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10 speed works with 10 speed. You will be fine with the chain you have. The major difference being that the one that is made for 3x10 will be a couple links longer generally. Usually this is designated by a number such as 116L where the L stands for links.

Width wise you should be fine with any 10 speed chain. 10sp chains are slightly more narrow than a 9sp so that they could pack that extra cog on the cassette. Although when you look at the difference it is minuscule.

  • Thank you! I'll go ahead and feel a bit more safe buying one then.
    – jmkjaer
    Jun 21, 2016 at 14:52

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