KMC chains on Ebay - genuine? (2024)

PJay

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I’m looking to pick up a couple of KMC 10 speed chains. I’ve always done well with their X10s.

Some sellers on Ebay have them at around the £13 mark with free postage. By comparission Merlin are £22 (not sure about postage).

Are there issues with fake KMC chains, or are the Ebay ones likely to be genuine?

Posted 4 days ago

airvent

Free Member

Extremely likely to be fake – don’t buy chains on eBay or Amazon.

Posted 4 days ago

nuke

Full Member

I’m currently after new SRAM rotors and have the same predicament with eBay listings…i think rotors fit the same principle as airvent states above ^^^

Posted 4 days ago

VanHalen

Full Member

rotors are a just sheet of laser cut stainless steel though so are much less problematic in fact if they are the right thickmess it doesnt really matter.

chains are much more involved!

Posted 4 days ago

fossy

Full Member

Definitely only get chains from proper retailers.

Posted 4 days ago

goldfish24

Full Member

Kind of agree VanHalen, but there’s cheap stainless steel and there’s good stainless steel, I’d rather be sure I’ve got the correctly specified material for my brakes 🙂

Posted 4 days ago

Genuine KMC X10 chains in a Decathlon box. Limited coating choice, but £14.99 https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/10-speed-bike-chain/_/R-p-311685

Posted 4 days ago

paddy0091

Free Member

too cheap, likely fake.

Had similar yesterday when looking for red Keo cleats. eBay full of fakes.

Just another reason to dislike ebay…

Posted 4 days ago

nuke

Full Member

rotors are a just sheet of laser cut stainless steel though so are much less problematic in fact if they are the right thickmess it doesnt really matter.

Why would i risk it? I like a bargain but its seems a false economy to spend a load on Code calipers and then risk fake rotors to save a tenner each end

Posted 4 days ago

towzer

Full Member

There are deffo fakes, e.g. xtr chain (*hollowpin) came with solid pins – I got my money back

checkout the seller, there are a lot of proper bike shops on eBay , they should be ok, but fbloggs123456, selling clothes, wildebeest hampers and brand new chains at a suspiciously good price, maybe not.

Posted 4 days ago

Kramer

Free Member

rotors are a just sheet of laser cut stainless steel though

Really?

Posted 4 days ago

iffoverload

Free Member

some pointers to help spot obvious fakes here

https://www.kmcchain.eu/service/fake-chains

and yeah feebay can f right off slimy barstewards 😉

Posted 4 days ago

iffoverload

Free Member

Really?

well AFAIK they are not cast or machined so yeah, quality of the steel is the real issue.

Posted 4 days ago

nbt

Full Member

Tredz were doing good prices on chains when I ordered a couple of weeks ago

Posted 4 days ago

VanHalen

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‘Kramer
Free Member
rotors are a just sheet of laser cut stainless steel though

Really?’

well – not the middele bit of floating rotors (but who runs those??)! but he braking surface will be. some of the REALLY cheap ones (and the shimano ones i have in my box of crap that are resin only ones) are stamped.

I appreciate there are different variations of stainless (ie asda cheap stainless forks rust eventually but posh knives dont) but i`m not sure it make a world of difference to your average biker.

i always use legit chains. i`ve snapped enough to know it can result in much unpleasentness

Posted 4 days ago

desperatebicycle

Full Member

airvent
Extremely likely to be fake – don’t buy chains on eBay or Amazon

This without checking out the ones the OP s referring to?

fossy
Definitely only get chains from proper retailers.

Many many sellers on ebay are proper retailers.

Posted 4 days ago

desperatebicycle

Full Member

Having said the above and ACTAULLY LOOKED at “KMC X10 chains” on Ebay – there are A LOT of dodgy ones. You just gotta be careful.

There’s one seller the listing is “For KMC 8/9/10 Speen Chain Road Bike Quick Link fit Campy SRAM…” X10 – £9.99 – that listing is obviously dodgy. Doesn’t really even say that its a chain being sold! So there are definitely some to avoid buying from. Usually you can just check the seller name to see if you’re buying genuine (eg. Woollyhatshop), but the listing detail is always a clue to what you’re actually buying.

Dismissing ebay as all fakes and crims.. yeah, very short sighted.

Posted 4 days ago

fooman

Full Member

During covids the only chains I could get were KMC branded but they really didn’t last I can’t be sure they were fake I didn’t have the above guide but hope for KMC they were!

Posted 4 days ago

zerocool

Full Member

Who knows. But my theory on chains is that they’re not that expensive from an actual bike shop, but are vital to your bike so probably best to buy from a reputable dealer

Posted 4 days ago

PJay

Free Member

Thanks everyone (that KMC page on fake chains is handy too).

I think I’ll stick with reliable retailers (as I did in the end when buying SRAM rotors a while back).

This was the listing I was looking at (although there are cheaper) – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/156218789589

Posted 4 days ago

bens

Free Member

I bought a shiny X11 Gold chain from ebay for cheap. Almost certain that its a fake. Put about 50 miles on it and it’s now basically silver. Well, it would be if it wasn’t so rusty. I Won’t be doing that again.

Posted 3 days ago

nickjb

Free Member

Managed to buy a fake Shimano, it did look reputable but was cheaper. Complained and ebay refunded without wanting it back. Put it on the pub bike which doesn’t seem many miles. It came apart at one of the rivets after a year or so.

Posted 3 days ago

PJay

Free Member

Well I went with Bikeparts (Wooly Hat Shop) who I’ve used many times, so hopefully all legit.

Posted 3 days ago

bitmuddytoday

Free Member

I unintentionally bought a fake Shimano one. Even with a genuine one right next to it you wouldn’t be able to tell which is which without knowing already. Same for the packaging. I only realised because it was well beyond 1% worn after just 300 miles. Unless it’s from a retailer you recognise don’t buy chains from ebay.

Posted 3 days ago

KMC chains on Ebay - genuine? (2024)

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