Product Review: 10 speed TAYA bike chain for SHIMANO drivetrain @ RBR Publishing

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Product Review: 10 speed TAYA bike chain for SHIMANO drivetrain @ RBR Publishing

 (reported by RBR Publishing Report)

 

Chain Field Test

 

CHAIN WEAR PER MILES RIDDEN
   
CHAIN #1
CHAIN #2
CHAIN #3
   
% WEAR
% WEAR
% WEAR
 MILEAGE
Dial Calipers
Park CC-2
Empirical
Test01::
0
119.3 mm
0.3
0.25
Test02::
200
119.4 mm
<0.4
0.25
Test03::
400
119.5 mm
<0.4
0.3
Test04::
600
119.6 mm
<0.5
0.3
Test05::
800
119.7 mm
<0.5
0.3
Test06::
1000
119.7 mm
<0.5
0.4
Test07::
1200
119.8 mm
<0.6
0.4
Test08::
1400
119.8 mm
<0.6
0.4
Test09::
1600
119.8 mm
<0.6
0.5
Test10::
1800
119.9 mm
<0.6
0.5
Test11::
2000
119.9 mm
0.625
 0.6
Test12::
2200
120.0 mm
0.625
 0.6
Test13::
2400
120.1 mm
0.65
 
Test14::
2600
120.1 mm
 0.70  
Test15::
2800
120.2 mm
   
Test16::
3000
 120.2 mm    
Test17::
3200
 120.3 mm    
Test18::
3400
120.3 mm    
Test19::
3500
 ** 120.3 mm  END OF TEST  END OF TEST

 

8/1/2013 TEST COMPLETE

 TAYA DECA-101
 WEBSITE  http://www.tayachain.com/
 MODEL TESTED  DECA-101 10-speed (HG) chain featuring SIGMA CONNECTOR
 MSRP  $49.00
 SIZE  1/2” x 5/64”
 FINISH TESTED  Silver / Silver
 FINISH AVAILABLE  Silver / Black, Ti-Gold, GST
 CLAIMS  Chain life up to 5,000km (3,107 miles)
 RATING 4.5/5.0
 FEATURES
  • Inclined Internal Bridge
  • Deep Inner Waist Chamfer
  • 4-edges Chamfer Outer Plates
  • Hardened Sub Punched Pins
  • Super narrow for 10-speed ( 1/2”x5/64” )
 SOURCE  Bike Shops, Online Retailers
 PROVIDED BY  Sample from company
 ALSO AVAILABLE
  • 11 speed
  • 10 speed
  • 9 speed
  • 8 speed
  • 5, 6, 7, speed
  • 1 speed
 HOT!
  • Durable, long lasting chain
  • Smooth performance
 NOT!
  • Questionable Sigma Connector ( Master Link ) technology

Taya states the “DECA DHT 1 series, 101 chain life is up to 5,000 KM (which is 3,107 miles). To test this, TAYA was gracious enough to send my team several of these chains. Here is the usage and life report.


                   Taya DECA 101 – 10 speed chain                  

A chain is a chain? Not so. The Taya DECA 10 is a High Quality, Highly Durable, Ultra-Long wearing chain. I was able to get a little over 3,500 hard use miles out of the chain.  Taya hardens the pins so that they are very resistant to wear and, coupled with a high quality chain lube (such as ProLink), the chain will perform at a high level pf performance for thousands of miles. This chain was ridden hard in all different conditions, wet, dry, sandy, etc.

WHEN IS A CHAIN WORN OUT?

Most people believe that a chain is worn out when it is ‘stretched’ to the point of starting to skip on the rear-

Worn pin

Worn pin – Photo courtesy of Sheldonbrown.com

cassette. Chains do not really ‘stretch’ by the side plates being pulled on by repeated pedaling, but, in fact, the bushings and inner plates are wearing themselves into the pins and that sum of these individual small wear marks adds up to an elongated chain. When the chain get too long, it starts skipping on the cassette and will start to damage the chain rings and cassette.

BUT, there is a second factor that no one else has discussed other than here by this author. And this does not become apparent until you get some HIGH mileage on a chain. This second factor is the wearing-out of the side plates. As the chain shifts between sprockets, the individual teeth come into contact with the side plates as the chain is moving up and down between gears. That is the sound you hear when shifting. This constant shifting takes its toll on the plates and starts to abrade them away. After many miles, shifting will become slower and slower, very sluggish and hesitant to move easily into a different gear on the cassette. Even though the pins of this chain are heat treated to the point of wearing very little, the side plates were eventually worn to the point of noticeably slower and slower shifting. Even though the Part Tool CC-2 Chain Checker showed less than 80% wear, the side plates were work to the point of unacceptable shifting performance. See picture below.

Worn Sideplate

Worn Side plate

To summarize, this is a very high quality and long-life chain worthy of your consideration. It shifts fast and wears slowly and, if taken care of, will provide months and months of enjoyable riding.

NOTE: To get maximum life out of your chain, use a high quality lubricant such as ProLink chain lube before each ride.

TAYA CHAIN TEST REPORT
CHAIN#1 :RIDER: 1  GROUP:Dura-Ace 7900
 WEIGHT (lbs):185CASSETTE:Ultegra 6700
     CHAIN RING:Rotor Q – 53/39
     AGE OF GROUP:2 years
CHAIN#2 :RIDER: 2  GROUP:Dura-Ace 7900
 WEIGHT (lbs):155CASSETTE:Ultegra 6700
     CHAIN RING:FSA SLK 53/39
     AGE OF GROUP:2 years
CHAIN# 3:RIDER: 3  GROUP:Dura-Ace Di2
 WEIGHT (lbs):200CASSETTE:SRAM Crown/ Ultegra 6700
     CHAIN RING:Rotor Q – 53/39
     AGE OF GROUP:1.5 years
TEST CONDITIONS (% of riding in these conditions)
 CHAIN #1CHAIN #2CHAIN #3
FLAT ROAD (miles)
DRY:
55% 40% 40%
FLAT ROAD (miles)
WET:
3%  0% 2%
HILLY ROAD (miles)
DRY:
30% 20% 45%
HILLY ROAD (miles)
WET:
2%  0% 3%
MOUNTAIN ROAD (miles)
DRY:
5% 25% 10%
MOUNTAIN ROAD (miles)
WET:
 0%   0%   0%
RACING (miles)
DRY:
5% 15%   0%
RACING (miles)
WET:
  0%   0%   0%
LUBRICANTS USED:
 
CHAIN #1
CHAIN #2
CHAIN #3
Pro Link : 95%   0% 100%
ChainL : 5%   0%   0%
Pro Gold Extreme :   0% 50%   0%
White Lightning Wax :   0% 50%   0%
HOW OFTEN LUBED:
CHAIN#1: Prior to every ride – chain wiped down with cloth and re-lubed, the lightly wiped.
Note: chain #2 wore quicker than chain #1 probably due to a wax lube vs Pro Link lube.
CHAIN#2: Once every 3 rides with a wipe down prior to lube application.
CHAIN#3: Prior to every ride – chain wiped down with cloth and re-lubed, the lightly wiped.
TEST RIDER OBSERVATIONS / PROBLEMS/NOTES
OBSERVATIONS: SEE NEXT SECTION
NOTES:Park CC-2 Measurements via dial caliper:
 
%worn :
Caliper Measure :
 
0
119.5 mm
 
25
119.8 mm
 
50
120.0 mm
 
75
120.25 mm
 
100
120.5 mm
CHAIN WEAR PER MILES RIDDEN
   
CHAIN #1
CHAIN #2
CHAIN #3
   
% WEAR
% WEAR
% WEAR
 MILEAGE
Dial Calipers
Park CC-2
Empirical
Test01::
0
119.3 mm
0.3
0.25
Test02::
200
119.4 mm
<0.4
0.25
Test03::
400
119.5 mm
<0.4
0.3
Test04::
600
119.6 mm
<0.5
0.3
Test05::
800
119.7 mm
<0.5
0.3
Test06::
1000
119.7 mm
<0.5
0.4
Test07::
1200
119.8 mm
<0.6
0.4
Test08::
1400
119.8 mm
<0.6
0.4
Test09::
1600
119.8 mm
<0.6
0.5
Test10::
1800
119.9 mm
<0.6
0.5
Test11::
2000
119.9 mm
0.625
 0.6
Test12::
2200
120.0 mm
0.625
 0.6
Test13::
2400
120.1 mm
0.65
 
Test14::
2600
120.1 mm
 0.70  
Test15::
2800
120.2 mm
   
Test16::
3000
 120.2 mm    
Test17::
3200
 120.3 mm    
Test18::
3400
120.3 mm    
Test19::
3500
 ** 120.3 mm  END OF TEST  END OF TEST

* 2,500 miles, I changed Rear Derailleur, Removed and replaced master link


** 3,500 miles catastrophic failure of master link. Due to the pins being part of the links, the chain held together for the 10 miles back to the start of the ride.

TAYA 10 speed chain - DECA is received 4.5 star, while Shimano 10 speed chain is voted for 4 star.