SRAM PowerLink Chain Connector - 4 pack $16.00
The wheel, sliced-bread, beer, PowerLink Connector.
Trailside chain repair isn't much fun, but SRAM makes it a touch easier with the SRAM 9-Speed Power Link. The Power Link allows you to connect or disconnect your chain without the use of tools, making cleaning your chain a breeze as well. As it works for both SRAM and Shimano 9 Speed chains, we don't leave home without one of these in our repair kit. Sold as a set of four, so you can keep one in all the logical places: pack, car, tool box, etc.
- For use with 9-speed chains only
- Sold in a package of four
Reviews & Community
These are a must have.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are a must have in your pack.
For some reason I have had better luck with Shimano chains. Maybe a fluke; but, same trails same bike... switched to Shimano and the breaks stopped. Even still, I use a Sram quick link from the beginning when sizing and installing. I always keep a spare in the pack. More often than not, the spare goes to a friend or other stranded biker on the trail. I will always carry one of these and recommend to all bikers. Quick, easy, and strong.
No chain-tool required, AWESOME!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is something I have not had to use very often, but when I needed it, it was so nice to fix my mountain bike chain without using tools. It was not a "temporary" fix either, it actually works fine as a permanent fix. I still have one of these connectors in my chain. I recommend it!
Your chain may have one of these already, but carry a spare or two for emergency repairs. These are reusable, but their life is also the life of the chain. Basically don't use an old Powerlink with a new chain.
I always carry a few of these with me. It literally takes seconds to install if you snap your chain. Worth the money to save frustration on the trail.
I carry these for 9,10 and 11 speed chains, I run into people with broken chains on the trail all the time and it is nice to be able to provide some assistance to get them riding again. Everyone should ride with these in their packs.
Good to have should Murphy's Law happens to my PG-950. Its also good to have handy when you teach your kids how to change gears on their new bikes.
Mandatory Gear in any Mountain Bike Pack
There are certain things that you must carry in your backpack every time you leave the trail head. PowerLinks are one of them; just like water, a rain shell, a pump, an extra tube, and a multi-tool.
Unless you like getting stranded, throw one in now and forget about it until it ends up saving you an epic hike out.
A little pricey, but when you're on the side of the trail with a broken chain, you could care less.
Agreed with everyone below: these are dead-simple to use and they weigh nothing so why not carry a couple. Worth changing to SRAM chain just for the ease (for XC anyway).
I've got some pretty strong fingers but I had one heck of a time engaging the link until I smartened up. Pop the links in, grab your brake and pedal a couple strokes: the tension from the pedaling engages this little beauty easily.
These chain links are really easy to use. They sure beat trying to put a chain back together while on a trail using only your chain breaker (which is possible, but not recommended). Get a Sram chain, buy some of these gold links, and live worry free!
Is the PowerLink compatible with Shimano...
Is the PowerLink compatible with Shimano chains as well?
I have seen this used quite frequently especially as a quick fix for an on trail break. While both companies may tell you no, I have seen this work on several occassions
yes, I have used these on Shimano chains for years. Pic above shows Shimano chain with Sram Power Link.
Get one. So easy to use, durable, secure. I have been using these for quite a while and they really take the effort out of putting on a chain or fixing one on the trail. I always carry and extra in my pack in case I break my chain. you will be back on the train in no time with these.
so much better than shimano
if youre messing around changing pins on your shimano chains, STOP! take your chain off your bike and smack yourself in the brain with it. The PowerLink doodad is where all the cool kids are going. I would say the shimano and sram chains are comparable, but the connector is what matters most. and for that, SRAM is one of the most hassle free, no tool needed, magical piece of gear i know of. make the change.
Chain Repairs Made Easy
My friends break a lot of chains for some reason. I picked up a pack of these and now chain repairs are so easy. I just snap in one of these SRAM PowerLink Chain Connector, and away we go. I think that they are worth the price because they are so handy.
Awesome but Pricey
I love these things, we use them all the time in the shop and it makes it sooo much easier to take off chains and clean them and not have to break the chain and put a new chain pin in each time. The only reason I gave them 4 stars is because they are a little expensive, I would try and find another brand that is just as good like kmc.