The worn chain we’re replacing does not have a master link like
SRAM’s Powerlink, so we’re using a chain breaker to remove the
Remove the chain pin completely, and the chain will separate like so.
Our new KMC X11 chain comes with a special coating that’s
designed to lubricate the links right from the factory. This coating
will work remarkably well for most conditions and can be installed
as is. For most riding conditions, this is the best practice.
Our SRAM X01 derailleur has a Cage Lock feature that will help to
further reduce chain tension during this process. If using SRAM,
engage this feature. If using Shimano, turn the Shadow Plus
A spent chain can be used for art projects, but should never be
reinstalled on a bike with any confidence that it will last. We’re
recycling this one.