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asked in category: General Last Updated: 13th February, 2020

Are bike chains universal?

The sprocket teeth are cut for this same one-half inch standard to accept bicycle chains. However, this does not mean all makes and models of chains are interchangeable. There are two basic types of bicycle chains: “one-speed” chains, and derailleur chains.

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In this way, what size chain is on a bicycle?

The chain in use on modern bicycles has a 12 inch (12.7 mm) pitch, which is the distance from one pin center to another, ANSI standard #40, where the 4 in "#40" indicates the pitch of the chain in eighths of an inch; and is standard 606 (metric) #8, where the 8 indicates the pitch in sixteenths of an inch.

Beside above, are SRAM and Shimano chains interchangeable? Shimano and SRAM 5- to 10-speed cassettes and chains are compatible. Chains for 6-, 7-, or 8-speed cassettes are pretty much universally compatible across brands and speeds. That means if a chain says "8-speed Shimano" you can use it in your old 6-speed, too.

Correspondingly, do all bike chains have a Masterlink?

Not all bikes have master rivets. If your bike has a derailleur, it's unlikely that your chain will have a master link. Bikes that typically do have chains with master links are BMX bikes and one- or three-speed town bikes with internal gears. If the width is 1/8 inch, your chain should have a master rivet.

How do I know my bike chain size?

Begin by counting the number of teeth on the largest front sprocket and largest rear. These numbers are often printed right on the sprockets and cogs. Next, measure the distance between the middle of the crank bolt to the rear axle. This is also the chain stay length.

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