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SRAM PC-971 9 Speed Chain

Item #: CH263B00
USD$16.99 26% off USD$23.00 msrp
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The venerable SRAM PC-971 chain is a great choice for riders using Shimano XT, LX/SLX, or SRAM X.9 level drivetrains (and will also work with any 9 speed setup that might be higher or lower-end).

Like the PC-991, the PC-971 features inner and outer plate designs that offer faster and more accurate shifting at an affordable price point.
  • Nickel-plated outer, gray inner plates
  • Includes 1 Gold Powerlink, making the initial install (and future removal for cleaning) very easy
  • For use with 9 speed SRAM/Shimano or other Shimano-compatible cassettes
  • claimed weight: 298 grams
  • 114 Links

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SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (21)
  • Durable (20)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Powerlink (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (3)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (23)
  • Casual riding (6)
  • Upgrade (5)
  • Road biking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (19), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I wish my "SAAB" was made by SRAM!

Works great, but only install it with a new cassette so they wear together. Have not had a chain pin come out yet in many hundreds of miles. Have had no chain snap....Read complete review

Works great, but only install it with a new cassette so they wear together. Have not had a chain pin come out yet in many hundreds of miles. Have had no chain snap. I will buy this product again, and have. I have used the 970, the 950, and the 990 and really see no performance difference -- they all work well. I like shiny nickel plating because it looks nice and is easier to clean, so 970 rocks.

The chain, alas, wears out when old, and you have to replace both the cassette and chain when replacing it, or the new chain will skip. This generally occurs if the cassette has over 500 miles (Mt. Bike). So don't buy this chain and put it on some ancient hardtail without replacing the cassette or you will at least have a noisy drive train, or worse, but this is true of any new chain on an old bike.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for singlespeed use

This may be ok for 9-speed use, but not nearly strong enough for single speeding. After not breaking a single chain in 30+ years of serious riding and 10 years of single...Read complete review

This may be ok for 9-speed use, but not nearly strong enough for single speeding. After not breaking a single chain in 30+ years of serious riding and 10 years of single speeding, I have broken two of these within a year, each with less than 1000 miles on them.

Reviewed by 43 customers

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5.0

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By .

from .

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

    .

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    1.0

    Not for singlespeed use

    By Keith

    from Redlands, CA

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • CHEAP

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding

    Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

    This may be ok for 9-speed use, but not nearly strong enough for single speeding. After not breaking a single chain in 30+ years of serious riding and 10 years of single speeding, I have broken two of these within a year, each with less than 1000 miles on them.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    An outstanding chain

    By G_J

    from Motherlode, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

      There is not much to say about this chain other than it's a piece of cake to install and uninstall, and it's ultra-reliable. I've been through 3 of these with zero problems.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great chain

      By swade

      from huntington beach, ca

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

        The master link is kind of hard to take apart but overall it is a great chain for shimano xt.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Best 9speed chain for the price

        By Jonesy

        from Southern Oregon

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Affordabke
        • Affordable
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

          Best place to buy a chain. Other stores want a lot more money for the same chain.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          nice!

          By jerry

          from lake elsinore ca

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

              An average chain that is easy to install/uninstall. lasts a good amount of miles

               
              5.0

              Great chain

              By *clever nickname*

              from Laramie, WY

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

                I've been using these chains for several years now. They wear exceptionally well. I've never had an issue with one. One of the better chains you can buy for the money.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                9sp chain

                By Bob

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

                  I use this chain with Shimano XT setup with no problems.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Works great!

                  By Rune

                  from Berkeley, CA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

                  Got the chain converting my old mountain bike to 9 speed (from 7!). Settled on this one since the reviews were great and because of the Powerlink. The Powerlink makes it super easy to install and take of for maintenance or other work. Can't comment on durability yet since I've only had it for a few weeks but it shifts great and I've had no problems so far.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Tough Chain

                  By Edwin

                  from Ponce, PR

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Riding
                    • Mountain Biking
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about SRAM PC-971 9SP Chain:

                    Real tough! Had several of these. They are durable if taken good care of, even if punished hard.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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