The only downside I have found so far to #219 (other than the higher price), is that I havent found a master link I like, which may be understandable since #219 is popular with 10,000+ RPM 2-stroke gasoline Kart drives, so they all prefer a properly set chain instead of using a removable link. If #219 is useful to a project of yours, you will need a chainbreaker.
Bike chain: fine for pedaling...I wear it out pretty quickly powering it with electrics...there are better grades than the budget BMX stuff I use but I have options.
#25 is great for small size & semi-robust applications such as primary reduction.Too light weight for final drive on a bicycle (my bicycles anyway)
the only limitations are really large rear sprockets & adapting them to things.
#35 chain is my favorite for 2 reasons..
1st) its common. You can get chain & masterlinks & a variety of sprockets at any Tractor supply store/lawn & garden dealer & master links at any menards & ace hardware.
2nd) Its incredibly affordable & easy to adapt, the .375" [3/8"] pitch gives you a finer range of adjustment to gearing. You can also get #35 racing chain in superb alloys that will last a long time.
I have no issue making #35 fit a parallel drive on the right side..even with 2.5" wide tires.
Its a great chain developed by the Kart racing scene. it is .306" pitch, so even finer adjustments in gearing are available...
One of the big advantages is the super quiet "Extron" composite sprockets available for it (inexpensive & standard 5.25" BCD)
the other side of the coin is the limited selection of drive sprockets...expensive if your adapting a kart drive cog....or limited to a fat .750" shaft diameter & need a small 12T cog
You have to pay the man for #219 chain, as there are no cheap sources. There are no "masterlinks" for #219 chain so you'll need a chainbreaker to work with it.
Virtually all #219 chain is premium stuff, and kicks ass. It's designed for stupid small sprockets and 20,000-RPM operation. #35 chain is designed for coupling a log-splitter pump or various other simple low-demand operations.
#219H = 7.77mm pitch, 4.59mm OD roller, 5mm wide roller
05T = 8mm pitch 4.71mm OD rollers x 4.61mm wide roller
The 05T (8mm) has a higher strength than regular 219 but less than 219H
If you are willing to machine stuff, #40 industrial sprockets thinned to 3/16" run #415 chain great. Its what I run 24-HP through on my bike
...My previous bike with #35 chain sounded like an annoying vacuum cleaner mixed with an electric chainsaw...The pink Agni bike was just dead silent...
What chain type did Luke use on the Pinkbike? He had mentioned before that it was a small motorcycle roller chain and was surprisingly quiet, but I forgot the size...
Luke was speaking of his twin Turnigy motored specialized bicycle. I forget the actual tooth counts, but the differance in noise is directly attributable to the low-RPM Agni (4k RPM's) compared to the RC motor(9k+ RPM's)The Agni bike (& I think the current death bike) used #428 motorcycle chain. I can vouch for the "Dead silent" of the current death bike....it is eerie having so much power & the only sound you hear is tires whistling on the asphalt.
[Thud] Recumpence turned me onto the BEST #25 drive chain....its the heavy duty stuff from here:
from Panurge: The whipperman chains seems like new after some 400Km each, I've really stressed them a lot....the 1G8 seems indestructable but weight is stupidly high
breaking load: at least 1.500Kg - 1/2" pitch x 1/8"
pin length: 12.4 mm
weight: 659 g/96 links
from notger: "...my electric wattage is 2100Watt peak...I have read about tests made with 10-speed chains and the Shimano XT HG95 was the best in weardown and strength so I use this one for about 2000km on my GNG now, and only changed it 3 times
from jdevo2004: The Wippermann conneX 8sE/8sX can be used on all 8, 7, and 6-speed drive systems and E-Bike drive trains. With an outer plate made of innovative and particularly hard material that withstands the high load changes of E-Bike drivers. The stainless steel inner link also guarantees long service life. The chain is equipped with a reusable conneX link that allows assembly and disassembly of the chain in seconds, by hand!
The KMC 910, their strongest chain is for 3/16" Sprockets.
The KMC 710 is described as:
K710 Kool Chain
For the "Kool" guys KMC makes this chain with an impressive tensile strength of 1,300 Kg.
Width 9.3 mm
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