KMC Missing Link 10R 10 Speed Chain Connector
The KMC Missing Link 10R is a 10 speed chain connector comes in a six pack and allows quick, easy removal of the chain without tools.
If your running KMC chain. A must have for your pack, just make sure u get the right one for the chain your running. 10 speed, 11 speed, ect. Instead of getting the 2 KMC tools, can save and buy the park tool master link tool. Or if you hardly ever do chain work, there are plenty of easy ways to lock up or break open a master link without the specific tool
I thought I was well prepared with the items in my pack when going out for rides. My mind was changed when I saw a dude who broke a chain and didn't have a spare link. So after seeing that, I looked this up and immediately purchased a set. It appears very easy to use and doesn't take up a lot of space in your pack. For those with similar thoughts of preparedness, definitely check these out!
I added 1 to my bag because I do a lot of rides solo and don't want to have to make that dreaded call for help. So far in 4 group rides I've fixed 4 chains of other people and always in less than 3 minutes. If you know how to use your tool to get the chain ready then installing this link is a breeze. If any of the chains had been SRAM or anything but 10 speed they would have been out of luck. My LBS was very helpful the first time I asked how to do a chain repair. This is a definite ride saver!
I purchased these to use with a Shimano XT Chain CN-HG95. I have used SRAM Powerlinks before with 9-speed chains, and they are both easy to connect when the bike is on the stand, and easy enough to install on the trail with just a multitool in the event of a broken chain. (I'd use my multitool's chain break tool to prep the chain for a powerlink, but wouldn't actually need any tools to connect the powerlink.) With the KMC Missing Link, I went something that specifically said it was approved for Shimano 10-speed chains, which this does, but it is a bear to put on, and took me at least a few minutes the first. Both pair I've used have worked without issue, but I don't know that I'd be able to get one of these off or on in the woods if I needed to. Removal is simple with the right tool. Four stars because it works and comes off fine, but doesn't give me confidence in my ride bag that a PowerLink did.