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Only 5000 miles on the bike but it still has the original chain.
With the other bike needing some costly and time consuming repairs I need a new chain for the 450.
Sprockets still look good but that is going to change if I keep running with this chain.
I would prefer to get a good chain that will last a few years- I've always gone with DID in the past.
Any suggestions for a different make or vendor to buy from?
I am having a bit of sticker shock over DID prices since the last time I bought one... nearly 20 years ago.
 

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You might find something "cheaper", but you won't do "better".
 

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Given the mileage I am putting on the bike- I sprang for a DID x-ring.
My past experience with standard chains makes me think I'd need another standard one before the end of the seaon.
Twice the price but should last quite a lot longer.
 

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If the chain gets regular maintenance, lubed every 2 tanks of fuel or 300 miles, it should last a good 10-15,000 miles. I use the O-ring chains on the road bike due to the various weather/road/environment conditions I end up in.
 

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I am pretty good about chain maintenance but probably not perfect.
I've never gotten more than one season out of a standard chain but usually got a few out of o-rings. (One season usually being 15k or more.)
I did neglect to note that the x-ring chain has a rivet master link so I now also have a cheap (but god enough) chain tool.

Bike feels better when I'm not wondering when the chain will fall off. ;)
 
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