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High performance for 9-speed drivetrains.

Most of us still have a couple bikes kicking around with 9-speed drivetrains on them –after all, it’s really only been a handful of years since it was prevalent. If your chain has worn out, replace it with the SRAM PC971 Chain. Its chrome-hardened pins and bulged outer plates make it tough and long-lasting, and it comes with SRAM’s quick-connect PowerLink for easy installation.

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How long are the chains I have 125 links on my bike and a 7 cog cassett with a shimano SG-B53 derailer

Hey Andrew,

This chain includes 114 links.

Great Chain

    Great price for a great chain. Easy to replace, quiet and smooth shifting.

    Quality Chain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I re-buy this chain every time I change cassettes. It's dependable, bombproof, and I've never had one show even a hint of stiffness or corrosion. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a new chain at a solid value.

    Works great.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This SRAM 9-Speed chain was easy to put on works great. I put it on an older bike and wish I had done it a long time ago.

    Great Chain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this chain for my singlepeed. Great chain for the price. Quick link makes cleaning and replacing the chain a breeze.

    Good Chain

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I recently picked this up to replace my old Shimano 9spd chain. It went on easy and the shifting is nice and smooth.

    Best 9spd chain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you're still trying to get some more life out of your 9spd group this is the best chain you can find. It's durable, light, and inexpensive.

    Great Chain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Ive used this chain for several years now and it never lets me down! over 1500 miles on my last one! Great Chain for the Money!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got this to run on my single speed and it works flawlessly. Strength, and light enough. All around great product from SRAM.

    SRAM PC 971 Chain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Keep your old 9 speed drive train fresh with the pc-971. The included Quick link makes this chain a breeze to install and remove.

    9 speed ease and value

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I maintain a couple bikes with the venerable 9-speed drivetrain. The SRAM chains prove durable and easy as a result of the powerlink. And with CC having them on sale, it was easy to throw a couple in the cart for future use. You can spend more on a chain (and I have, $100 wipperman and KMCs) but I don't know that I can tell the performance difference save for possible corrosion resistance--but at the sale price, I can replace this several times over. I'm a shimano drivetrain fan but do sram chain/powerlink for ease and value.

    SRAM does it right!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the easiest chain to install, yet durable for the 50-mile endurance race I did in AZ.

    Easy to use, bullet proof chain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This chain was a breeze to put on, and has proven to be great quality. I have been riding on it since the start of this spring in the Wasatch. I have confidence that this chain will get me to the end of many more trails.

    Does this chain work well with a Surly...

    Does this chain work well with a Surly single speed cog?


    Yes, this chain would work just fine with a single speed cog such as the Surly version.

    College Budget, Professional Performance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Sram's 70 lineup has been a staple in my stable of bikes. Between cassettes and chains, I find it to the best trio of performance, weight, and their friend money. The 1070 chain seems to have a bit more nickel plating compared to the 1050 for better wear and durability in my experience. Sram's Powerlink makes installation and trailside repairs really simple, but I find myself worshiping the concept the most when taking the chain off my bike to degrease.

    Makes life easier

      A very strong, durable chain. I love that I can use the powerlink to safely break the chain for removal and cleaning. I might try a 991 model if I could find it on a closeout or something, but the 971 is more than sufficient for normal use and costs about half as much. I carry two extra powerlinks and a couple extra inside links in case I have to do trail side repairs.

      SRAM chains - consistently good

        Always happy with SRAM chains. Glad Backcountry had a 9-speed in stock. I've always struggled though with how to disconnect the Powerlink on a chain though - usually resorted to using a chain tool the old fashioned way. Found out this week my problem - I was trying to use the pliers one the link along the line of the chain - what someone showed me is the importance of using the pliers diagonally across the link, so you push opposite corners. Easier with long nose pliers - hard to describe in words, but hopefully this makes sense...

        This too was my experience. I also learned that these chains are not meant to be put back together with a chain tool. Not saying it can't work, but when I tried, the chain snapped about 6 feet from the car. I fixed it only to break again several miles back in the woods. Got a new chain and learned how to use the powerlink- no issues since.

        ok chain

          This chain can be great. I've been buying this chain for years. Sometimes i get one that breaks more easily than others, but for the most part its a good chain.

          Treat your Whip right

            As a good rule, when ever you start updating your drivetrain or building a new one never use an old chain. Old chains are the ghost in the machine. Recently I bought a brand new crankset and and picked up this chain as well. You could spend the extra money on the lighter 991, but you will be giving away some valuable strength. The 971 is the perfect choice for your SRAM drivetrain, strength, function and price are at there best with this chain.

            Great Chain

              Good stuff.