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5/19/2016 5:33 AM

Does any one know the difference between a half-link and a full-link chain
I know how they look but just the performance.

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5/19/2016 6:00 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/19/2016 6:04 AM

Half links have a little more stretch at first, but they are way more adjustable as far as length and wheel placement. They can be heavier, but not always, they look cooler generally. They can be problematic with tiny drivetrains, but revisions in parts throughout the drive train(drivers, sprockets, chains) have made this much less of an issue with newer products(the biggest reason the shadow v2 was spawned from their original half link.) Full chains won't stretch as much, and will include some of the strongest chains on the market(excepting a select couple half links) full links seem to be easier to work on, but much less ability to set your wheel where you want. They come in more sizes(3/16, 1/8, 3/32) and are available for multi geared(speed) drivetrians. Also, God forbid, you can use a master link with them.

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5/20/2016 1:34 AM

Half links are designed like poop and over time eat the teeth off your sprocket and driver.
The only exception to this is the Interlock Supreme, which has cast links instead of stamped/bent ones.

Full links are the way to go unless you're willing to drop $60 on the Supreme, although it is well worth it.

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5/20/2016 7:51 AM

Also, if you want to slam your wheel in the dropouts you will (most likely) need a half link chain so you can dial in the length. With a full link chain, you must remove 2 links minimum.

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