【Product Review】Field Test of TAYA Chain, after 4,000KM Riding

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As a long-standing bicycle chain brand in Taiwan since 1969, TAYA is dedicated to the development and production of various types of chains. TAYA chains feature great durability and smoothness. The newly developed chain coating, particularly durable, has made the life cycle of an average chain longer. With this achievement, TAYA has undoubtedly become a giant of the bicycle industry.


Highlights:
1. Inner inclined bridge ( anti-noise design )
2. Deep inner waist chamfer ( for improved stability of the chain )
3. Four-edge chamfered outer plates
4. Hollow pin with 360° riveting

DECA’s elegance and simplicity provides a smooth, excellent riding performance, ensuring quality, safety and durability in every aspect. "Smooth" and "durable" are the most complete interpretations of TAYA chains.
 


 
Taya chain to the ultimate test, watch as we put 5 tons on this chain to make it pop. That's right... 5 tons!



Chain Test 
When I first put on this chain, I wondered if I could test its performance. I had used some types of chains, ranging over a variety of styles, from high- to low-end. I could hardly tell the difference between the old and the new, except for the smoothness and weight of a new chain. Anyway, I put it up and began to use the TAYA DECA-101 chain.
 
Up till October 2014, I have used this chain for a consecutive year and a month since its first mounting in August 2013, without breakage or replacement.


                                      


Not yet cleaned as used up till now
 


                                      Measurement of tensile rate shows a tension unit of 0.50  

 Chain tension was still within an acceptable range ( well ... it’s almost not changed ), and no damage on its appearance was spotted. It might need a thorough check. I directly removed the chain and twisted it to check if each link’s smooth enough. No roughness was felt except for a little bit of friction between the metal and dust. I also used degreasing agent and a chain cleaner to keep the surface glossy.
 


 
      Each link of the chain appeared quite smooth with no damage on its appearance  

 Usage Analysis
 
Since 2012, I have taken part in some Triathlon Challenge events, without interruption in self-training. In a triathlon race, my bike had a high chance of getting wet by drinks, sea water, fresh water, electrolyte beverages and so on. The bike’s body, derailleur, and chain would get dirty, and I would clean up immediately after the game. In a medium- or long-distance ride, occasional raining would also make the derailleur splashed with mud. In most cases, I would do the cleaning within 3 days. I consider myself carrying out careful maintenance of my bike.
 
Both for work and out of interest, I spend 14 ~ 18 hours a week riding, with an average distance of 100 ~ 120 km. I may also have a chance of long riding for special events. Ever since I began to use the TAYA chain, I have had a rough estimate of about 4000-km riding distance.
 
On week days, I mostly use bike rollers for self-training. On holidays, I focus on hill climb racing instead. My destinations include Wuling ( in central Taiwan, at an elevation of 3275 meters above sea level ) and many other scenic spots along the three main cross-island highways located in northern, central and southern Taiwan, respectively. Apart from derailleur problem, I haven’t experienced bike chain-off or gear slippage phenomenon during use of the TAYA chain. Unsmooth gear shifting only occurs after re-adjustment of the derailleur.

 
 


Tataka in east section of the Southern Cross-Island Highway

 

Landscapes of Wuling

Comprehensive Evaluation
 
Such smoothness of the TAYA chain, despite its frequent use in a harsh environment, well indicates the chain’s quality – its durability is self-evident. Smoothness in gear change makes it quick and direct, no more gear slippage or shifting failure. Having run for nearly 4000 km, this chain can still maintain its high efficiency and performance. That is how I rate this chain.

Advantages:
1. Super durable – the chain’s tensile rate is still within an acceptable range after being used for about 4000 km.
2. Stability – no more chain-off or gear slippage phenomenon.
3. Quick link – the patented Sigma connector works without tools.
 
Disadvantage:
1. Slightly heavier than other lightweight products.


Description of the Sigma Connector for a Bicycle Chain