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post #1 of 12 Old 05-16-2010, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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X-Ring Vs O-Ring chains

What exactly is the difference between the two? Is staying with the O-ring chain the way to go?
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X-rings have two seal contacts and O-rings have one. Expand the following letters so the X and O touch the lines.

|X| |O|.

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They say the x-ring chain has less friction/rolling resistance than the o-ring chain. I know there is less resistance with a no-ring chain, but they require more mainainence and thus they may have a shorter lifespan.
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They say X is better, I have used both several time on bikes. Other than one looking thicker it is hard to visually tell them apart. They last about the same too IMO, I lube every 500. I am using an O ring now. Maybe if I was a better rider I would notice it.
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X-rings have two seal contacts and O-rings have one. Expand the following letters so the X and O touch the lines.

|X| |O|.
What he said.

X-ring offers better sealing and less friction.

How much difference this makes is debatable. Many other factors make a bigger difference in chain longevity and performance -- dirt, rain, riding habits, maintenance habits, etc.

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I know there is less resistance with a no-ring chain, but they require more mainainence and thus they may have a shorter lifespan.
fwiw, my XV920r at 58k still has the original sprockets and no-ring chain with no visible sign of wear (helps that it's 630 and enclosed)

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Thanks again guys. You are always a help. I think I am going to order sprockets and chain combo from Sprocket Center. We will see how they do.

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By the way, Danner, your impute was invaluable. The impute you have is unmatched and well worth the read.
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Before you correct me Danner, I meant input. Thanks for not making a deal of that.
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