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Has anyone had any experience with colored chains and sprockets? Just how durable is the coating? Should it only be considered for "show" bikes? I would love to add some extra bling to my 09, but I'm left wondering if normal use/cleaning will just make it look horrible after a few thousand Kms... TIA
 

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I've used the DID gold chains in the past and the color holds up. Sure, they get dirty and show it but if you're doing your usual chain cleaning it won't ever get that bad. If they faded it wasn't obvious to me but I replaced them when they wore out eventually.

No experience with the sprockets or other chain colors, though.
 

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Stick with a name brand chain and it will be fine. I know people running red EK for over a year with no issues.
I have also seen cheap color chains like Volar stretch and break in less than 5k miles. A chain is not the place to cut corners for a look.
My .02 cents
 
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