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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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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?
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 :rolleyes:
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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i always run o-ring chains b/c i run xc and in one race i will see mud sand and water so i figure that little bit of protectoin always helps.but neither one's worth a damn unless you keep them cleaned and lubed
 

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hey would non o-ring chains stretch faster than the o-ring counter parts??
 

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hey would non o-ring chains stretch faster than the o-ring counter parts??
no ,..they both stretch
 

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I run a non o-ring..bought it from Lost Creek..Ken..I believe thats his name...anyway I asked him and he said that the non-ring is better for racing. I took his advise to heart because he couldv'e just told me the o-ring was better to get more money from me. :D
 

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I run a non o-ring..bought it from Lost Creek..Ken..I believe thats his name...anyway I asked him and he said that the non-ring is better for racing. I took his advise to heart because he couldv'e just told me the o-ring was better to get more money from me. :D
The other way to look at it is he knew he could make more by selling you more non-o ring chains be casue they wear faster ;)
 

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^ can you show us info to back up that statement ?
website,articles etc etc ?
 

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I can find articles that say O-ring chains are better, I can find articles that say standard chains are better, heck I can find articles that say the moon is made out of cheese. In my experience and application o-ring chains last way longer. . I can go through about 3-4 CS sprockets, and 2 rear sprockets on one O-ring chain. Ive had standard chains barely last a day. I certainly believe there are conditions where standard chains work better. So, what Im trying to say is there is no deffintate answer, the best advice would be to try each and see what works best for your application.
 
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