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New chain fitment - HG73?

thommo41thommo41 Posts: 39
edited April 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
It may seem like a silly question, so apologies.
I've just brought a brand new chain, HG73 9 speed. It DOES NOT come with the 'snap off' connecting pin. Instead it has a normal short connecting pin in place on the open link.

Simple question - do I have to buy a connecting pin, or can I use the pin that is located in the open link of the new chain? I just assumed they would include the reinforced 'snap off' pin in the bag!



  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    so it is an OE one with no instructions/box.

    I should have a pin or quick connect.

    the "open" pin is actually for use with a mechanical riveter used in the factories and as such should not be used.
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  • thommo41thommo41 Posts: 39
    It's an OE, yes, just in a bag, no papers or box.

    So, to confirm, I should not use the pin that is on the open link with a chain tool, as it is intended for use in the factory only? It looks like the quick connect pin, without the "guide" that you would normally snap off afterwards.
    What a pain, can't believe they don't ship with the link that is required for anybody with a chain tool!

  • stu8975stu8975 Posts: 1,334
    Just buy a missing link..kmc/sram and be done with it.
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