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.
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.