I am in need of a new chain, my cassette is a cs-4600 shimano and is 10 speed, will this chain I found work?


The cassette is a 12-30.

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    Yes, it's even the same series as your cassette. Any 10s chain wll work
    – Noise
    Commented Mar 14, 2021 at 11:48
  • @JoeK: A Campagnolo chain will not work on any drive train except Campagnolo. All other standard 10 speed will.
    – Carel
    Commented Mar 15, 2021 at 13:30
  • Campagnolo works fine. It is a slightly different width but the shift is excellent. The chain is much more expensive, probably not applicable here. True, the campag 10 chain needs a special quick link, kmc make one etc.
    – Noise
    Commented Mar 15, 2021 at 22:11

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A 10-speed cassette will take a 10-speed chain. Any 10-speed chain from any chain manufacturer that manufactures Shimano-compatible chains(*) should work. In particular, the CN-4601 should work.

However, do note that the chain needs to be a correct length. Longer is ok as you can always shorten a chain with a chain tool, shorter is not. If it's the correct length, and if it uses a quick link, you can install it without a chain tool. If you need to shorten the chain or if it uses a reinforced connecting pin, you need a chain tool. (Plus you may need a chain tool for removing the old chain in case it doesn't have a quick link -- for quick link the correct tool is pliers.)

For example, I have a bike that has 11-30 tooth 8-speed cassette and 48 tooth big ring, plus 46cm chainstay length. The chainstay is so long it really needs a 116-link chain. A 114-link chain won't work. Also I can't switch to a 11-32 tooth 8-speed cassette or a 50 tooth big ring if I want to continue using 116-link chains.

(*): The original version of this answer told any 10-speed chain will work, but later I was told that Campagnolo 10-speed chains are slightly wider and thus could have less than optimal shifting. There are many brands making Shimano-compatible 10-speed chains such as Shimano, SRAM and KMC. It doesn't matter whether you use symmetric or asymmetric or HG-X or non-HG-X Shimano chain. I have a HG-X Shimano chain on my road bike and it works just fine, so certainly HG-X is not "MTB only".

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    Suggesting all 10 speed chains are the same in compatibility terms is incorrect. The asymmetric vs symmetrical Shimano designs have a bearing on performance depending on where they're used, as does HG-X versus road, as does the fact that Campy is wider, etc. It may not be how things would have ideally developed, but it's how it is. Commented Mar 15, 2021 at 4:03

CN-4601 is one of the asymmetric Shimano road 10 chains. It won't play nice with a triple. You haven't provided sufficient information. In other words if you have FC-4600 or some other double, yes, but if you have FC-4603 or some other triple, no.

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