"O-ring" type chains

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by Arty, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    Has anyone ever found or tried "o-ring" type chains as used on motorcycles, for use with Sick Bike shift kit primary, and secondary chains? If they would work, they should last longer, keep their tension better, require less frequent oiling, and be quieter.

  2. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    i remove the o-ring chains from my motorcycle.

    they arent that much quieter, and i prefer applying that 10-15% power they absorb to my wheel. i just replace my chain twice as often, but thats still cool...it costs a 1/4 of the price!

    plus when you pull in the clutch...you coast for longer.

    sure, theyre great if you read the manufacturers blurb, like wasting your money, and believe everything the magazine article and salesman on commision tells you. but as a practical engineering application...enclosed oil bath open chain is far superior for longevity and power transmission.

    not a big deal if you spit out 100+ hp at the sprocket.

    10% is massive when youre struggling to get two horsepower at the crank.
    mikedabomb likes this.
  3. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    Thanks HeadSmess.
    The power absorption is something I hadn't thought of. - 10% hurts when you don't have much to start with.