The long lasting 9sX Connex chain features stainless steel inner links and high-grade nickel coated outer plates. This winning combo makes the chain extremely wear and corrosion resistant. German quality and easy to install, it includes the Wipperman ConneX link for tool-less operation. 6.5mm width works with all 9 speed drivetrains.
I've had only excellent results with these, extremely quiet, smooth and durable. The average life of the last two has been more than 4000 miles. Admittedly, at 145 lbs, I'm light, don't race and pay attention to maintenance, but that's still outstanding chain life.
Wow, I dont know what Im doing differently, but Ive had great experiences with these chains. (9-spd Ultegra, 180 lb rider, almost never ride in the rain) I have never had one break, and they last for 3-4000 miles. I just put another new one on today, and everything works perfectly. Im looking forward to another season of great riding.
For the price, I had thought that this chain was going to last. After initial installation, chain preformed flawlessly with my Dura-Ace setup. After 1500 miles of moderately paced riding, the chain broke. Close inspection of the chain revealed an additional 11 more links with cracks on the side plates.
Most of the Wipperman chains are made for racing use only and most bicycle chains no matter how much you pay for them wear out within 800 to 1000 miles I have been in the racing scene since the early 80s and they really have not improved the bicycle chain a good rule of thumb is to have a training chain and one strictly for racing I believe that all makers of bicycle chains have a decent product
The first chain used was great. Quiet, smooth shifting and stayed clean much longer. I rode about 2500 miles before I needed to replace it. At about 500 miles, I broke both sideplates on one of the links. It appears that the more popular these chains become the more the quality deteriorates.
I used one for about a season then broke, not at the quick disconnect just at a random link. Excel was great to replace it and the shipping! I just had the second chain break, this time after another year, so I think Ill try a SRAM
I purchased what I thought was going to be the ultimate in cyclocross chains. After riding a Rolhoff chain for over two years and many thousands of miles, I placed full trust in German chain makers, so I also purchased one for my road bike. BOTH CHAINS HAD CRACKS IN OVER 10 SIDEPLATES AFTER A FEW HUNDRED MILES (After breaking the road chain, and becoming extremely concerned with how many side plates had one or more cracks, I decided to inspect the CX chain which had a best 300 - 400 miles on it). I thought it was a bad batch but it does not seem to be so after reading other reviews.
Nice looking chain but either had to begin with or developed a crack on a side plate after less than 1000 miles. This problem appears to be noted by others on the web
Note to 1st reviewer (David Connery): According to Wippermans website (connexchain.com), the compatibility section indicates the 9x1 is not intended for use with Ultegra.
I have used Shimano & Sram and both seem to wear out at around 1000 miles or less. I have about 1800 miles on my Wipperman and the shift quality is still there. The quick release link is fantastic for cleaning. I dont have to clean it on the bike anymore. Well worth the extra $$$....
Its the only chain Ill buy. Ive had Shimano and SRAM chains both fail while relatively new, while the numerous wipperman chains Ive used have withstood really extreme conditions for a good wear life. The only times theyve broken is when Ive tried to get too long a life out of them (i.e., I went a month or two past the last wear check).
I have bought three of these chains, and have had issues with two of them. The latest, was a instant failure on a cross bike after less than 60 minutes of riding. Before that, was a lot of skipping on a new Ultegra drivetrain.