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Wipperman 11 Speed Quick Link

Old 06-16-19, 12:44 PM
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Wipperman 11 Speed Quick Link

We had to perform a first ever field conversion to single speed yesterday. None of us had a Shimano quick link so, we had to make sure that the link pin was not completely pushed out of the link. It took some effort and we were successful in our conversion.

I watching a YouTube video last night to see if there was something we could have done differently. A video popped up regarding the Wipperman 11 Speed Quick Link.

This looks particularly interesting. Not only for in the field use but, also for everyday use.

Any exercise from the gravel crowd.
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Old 06-16-19, 01:10 PM
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Wipperman says they're re-usable....but dirty secret, many many of us open/close KMC links that cost 6X less each once or twice over the life of a chain. Yes, we're terrible human beings that are probably going to die horrid deaths.

Buy a 6-pack, leave one always in your tool bottle/bag. Since chains became non-pinnable in the field without peening, I haven't left home without at least one link-set.
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Old 06-16-19, 01:14 PM
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Yep, the Wipperman/Connex link is a false economy, because the "one time use" quick-links from SRAM, Shimano, KMC, etc, will all last the life of the chain at minimum. I do hot wax on my chains, so every one of my quick links gets popped open and re-closed 10-12 times during the lifespan of the chain. I carry two spares, but have never needed one.

I've only broken one quick link ever. A Wipperman. Pin pulled right out of the plate.
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Old 06-16-19, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Yep, the Wipperman/Connex link is a false economy, because the "one time use" quick-links from SRAM, Shimano, KMC, etc, will all last the life of the chain at minimum. I do hot wax on my chains, so every one of my quick links gets popped open and re-closed 10-12 times during the lifespan of the chain. I carry two spares, but have never needed one.

I've only broken one quick link ever. A Wipperman. Pin pulled right out of the plate.
+1, once or twice? At least a dozen times per chain for KMC/sram 11 speed and I've never broken one
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I run KMC quicklinks on all my bikes and I didn't even know you're not suposed to reuse them. Never had an issue reusing those links.
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If you don't mind getting dirty, they're no problem to separate using just your fingers.

I have the goofy chain tool/headset cap. In it resides a spare link. I have never used it.
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I use Connex chains on all of my bikes. The chains come with the wipperman quick link. I have never had a failure and they make maintenance and cleaning a breeze because you can remove the chain as many times as you want without any ill effects.
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