Non O-ring Vs. O-ring
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    Junior Member wymanj's Avatar
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    Which chains are better...? and what are the advantages of each?

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    o ring is better cause they have little rubber o rings that keep water and grit out and lube in

    only benefit of a non o ring is that it's cheaper. some say o rings rob HP, but thats pretty much bs

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    o ring is worth the cost. They last WAY longer than a non o ring chain, and there is no power loss.
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    their longer wear more than makes up for the cost too. its not like they last a little longer, they last 3+times longer. while they only cost twice as much.

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    i buy into the non o-rings being easier to spin and have quite a bit less resitance especially at higher speeds. if you are trying to speeze every las ounce of acceleration out of your machine it makes sense to me that the non o's would have a little advantage.

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    that is true only for a very short period of time, like 10 minutes. the non o-ring chains fill up with dirt in the short term, and rust and corrosion in the long term. an o-ring chain has lubricants locked into the chain, and dirt and grime blocked out. keeping the chain lubricated and reducing friction.

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    What if you ride in the sand?
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    What if you ride in the sand?
    well sand is dirt so it is going to get into the chain and just tun it in to junk.
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    i suppose what type of riding conditions you ride in best depics what type chain one should use. i spend 80% of my riding in creek beds and sand bars. i've used o-ring and non o-ring chains. both kept clean and allways lubed but have had best results using the non o-ring simply because after awhile the sand and grit chews up the o-rings and slings em off from the churning that takes place in the crossings. when you start loosing the o-rings you develope side to side slack which is worse the pin tolerance slack.
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    its all about type of riding ,lookin for the most power,quality of chain from get go,...& of coarse maintenance
    the guys that dont do good maintenance will always have chains that wear out fast
    keeping the chain lubed before during after is key here & cleaning often
    IMO the non O ring is the way to go unless your extremely lazy ..then you will pay for more chains often..
    o ring chain do create more friction & reduces power if not clean & maintenanced well !



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