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When it comes to unleashing a motor’s power, a chain provides that essential link to the rear wheel. Tech guru Neil was on hand to tell us more…

FB: What is a chain and how does it work?

NC: Fundamentally, a chain’s there to provide that vital link between the engine and the rear wheel in the most effective way. It transmits energy through a succession of roller bearings from the front sprocket to the rear sprocket, propelling the bike in a forward motion.

FB: What different types of chains are there?

NC: There are four main types of chains; standard non O-ring, O-ring, X-ring and W-ring. The main difference between all four groups of chains is the addition of rubber, for lubrication purposes. Conventional chains require regular lubrication while O-ring, X-ring and W-ring chains contain factory packed grease, to lubricate the roller bearings.

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