Questions tagged [master-link]

A master-link is a special chain link which allows joining (and sometimes breaking) a chain without tools.

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Putting pin(s) back into chain

While trying to put a new chain on a bike, I rather stupidly removed the "wrong" link in the chain, and it's already very short, so I can't simply remove yet another link in order to get the "correct" ...
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Can’t attach master link [duplicate]

I’m trying to install a chain with a snap on master link, but I can’t figure out how. I’ve tried twisting the chain as suggested by other questions to get it into place, but that doesn’t help. How do ...
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The master link that came with my chain won't fit

I have this master link that came with my chain (Snap On type). In the first picture it is distinctly the one on the left - not a spring clip. Try as I might - it doesn't seem to be long enough? Do I ...
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Should I use a master link?

I just ordered a new KMC X10SL Ti 10 Speed chain for my bike. And I am wondering if I should use a master link or not. In the past I have had much trouble with them. I used to use them on my 9 ...
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Reusing SRAM 10 Speed PowerLock?

According to: http://www.sram.com/sram/road/technologies/powerlock "SRAM chain engineers developed PowerLock as a tool free, sure and consistent way to connect our 10 speed chains. While PL does ...
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Quick link too easy to remove after installation, is this a problem?

As I always do, I've used a an 11-speed KMC quick link to close my 11-speed chain. However, this time the quick link was particularly easy to fit (and similarly very easy to remove). Is this an issue? ...
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Can you reattach an SRAM powerlock?

An advert for their PC-1031 chain on chainreaction said the Powerlink Powerlock was one time use only; you couldn't attach the chain, detach it and then attach it again without a new Powerlock. I ...
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Chain with master link / quick connect link doesn't clear rear derailleur

Bought a chain with a master link (packaging said quick connect link), it looks just like this: This bit however won't fit cleanly through my derailleur, it snags on the wall right as it goes onto ...
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Can I reuse chain link pins after removing links from shortening chain

I am trying to make my current chain shorter, and I am wondering how I can do that. The chain is new and it is a shimano 11 speed, but I had already installed it with the quicklink (quick link is now ...
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Multiple master links on the same chain

Not so long ago I put a new PYC SP1101 chain on my bike, but several rides in I managed to snap the rear derailleur off, which also bent a bunch of chain links. No way I'm throwing a perfectly good, ...
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Re-use Shimano quick link?

Can I use the quick link from my old shimano chain to my new shimano chain? Or the old link will cause any problem? I have to say that no damage is visible in that old quick link. Both 2x11, same ...
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how to identify chain type

How can I identify the make and model of a chain? I need to take a chain off and clean it. (It's a new-to-me used bike, and I'm giving everything the once over.) The chain doesn't have a master ...
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How do you connect and disconnect a quick release chain link?

I can't find any nice video or pictures tutorial that explains how to connect and disconnect a quick release chain link. Am I not finding anything because it has another more common name? How do you ...
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Quick link won't 'click'

I'm brand new to bicycle maintenance/repair and just replaced my chain for the first time which I'm very excited about. I do, however, have a problem. I used a quick link to attach the chain and I ...
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Can you use a 6-7-8 speed masterlink on a single speed chain

So it's really simple, I wanna confirm if I can use a 6-7-8 speed masterlink(https://www.amazon.in/Phenovo-1Pair-Bicycle-Chain-Connector/dp/B07BGZVF6C/ref=dp_fod_1?pd_rd_i=B07BGZVF6C&psc=1) on a ...
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How to assemble bike chain with no Master link?

I just bought a KMC chain on Amazon, and to my surprise, it didn't come with any kind of master link or connecting pin. I thought this was standard. So, did I just forget to order the part, or can you ...
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Using non-Shimano link with Shimano chain?

I know the official answer from Shimano is you can only use their quick link, but practically is it okay to use SRAM or KMC links? Specifically, I have the Shimano HG-40 chain.
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Does master-link size matter?

I recently got this chain master-link for my 21 speed bike but it turns out that it's really meant for a 24 speed drivetrain. Does this mean that the master-link won't be good on my set up? Or that it'...
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Should I use an already master-linked chain or add a masterlink to a plain chain?

Trying to find moderately-priced 9-speed chain is a pain, particularly with a master/missing link already installed. I can only find PC-971 master-linked chains from US market but shipping and ...
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7/8 speed quick link on 6 speed chain?

I have a 6 speed freewheel with a chain which says HG on it. Can I use a 7/8 speed quick link on my chain?
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How to find key values of a chain?

My chain says "Z KMC 3C-2 RB" which I suppose refers to as 'Z8 RB 1/2" x 3/32"'? The bike shop where I have bought from until now doesn't have this exact model. So what are the key properties of the ...
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Which master links for 1/8 inch aka BMX chains?

It was very easy to find master links for 3/32inch (aka 9-speed chain) but I cannot find them for 1/8 inch (aka BMX chain). My chain is the Nexus CN-NX10. Cannot understand the odd observation that ...
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Is there a master link for single speed chain that will fit in Shimano chain tensioner?

I've got a bike with planetary hub Shimano Alfine 8-speed and this chain tensioner. It uses single speed chain. However master link on the chain I bought (similar to this pic) is too wide to fit in ...
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Campagnolo master link won't fit

I bought a Campagnolo master link (this one) for use with my Campy 10 speed chain. When it's not on a chain, it joins up and clicks into place and all is well. However, when I try to fit it around ...
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Rotating 12-speed SRAM GX chain

I have a new mountain bike with an SRAM GX 12-speed drivetrain. I am thinking about rotating the chain to make maintenance easier and to increase the lifetime of the cassette. I would swap between two ...
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Snapping master links

I have a 3x9 gearing installed and I've noticed that the chain broke, by failure of master link, twice within 25 km. Interestingly, the failure was perpendicular to the direction of motion: What am I ...
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Sram quick link on a Shimano chain

Is it compatible to use a Sram quick link on a Shimano chain (both 11sp.)?
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Easiest way to remove a chain master link / masterlink

When I'm breaking a chain with a master link (to remove the chain from the bike), usually I can do it with my hands by pushing the links together until the master link comes apart. But sometimes it's ...
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Did SRAM change/update their 10 speed PowerLink?

On a rare occurrence this weekend I managed to completely destroy my SRAM PowerLink. So I went over to my LBS and got a new one; however, when I went to install it, it was super hard to close the link ...
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Bike chain rattles

I've got this issue with my bike: the chain rattles an unusual lot when the bike is subjected to usual shocks during a very usual ride (or when I replicate that myself). Background I've got a 21 ...
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Reinforce master link

I put master link on my bike and it keeps falling off the chain or snapping. The chain makes clicking noises or gets stuck then jumps off crank or the link snaps off. There's less than 5 miles on the ...
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I need to get a new master link how can I tell the size of it?

I have lost a piece of my master link for my bike is there a way to find out what size it is so I can order a new one and replace it.