We are going to show you how to assemble and disassemble the quick-connect chain. Quick-release chains have special links that make it simple and convenient to disassemble without a chain tool. It is also called a master link chain, like SRAM’s Power Link Connector models. Some chain manufacturers offer a "master link" to join the chain, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 1: Find the special connecting link. Some manufacturers make this link a different color to make it located easily. In every condition, you can distinguish the connecting link by elongated holes in the side plates. If the connecting link is black on your 10-speed chain, this may be a SRAM Power Lock link. Power Lock links are those can be installed once and not disassemble.
Step 2: You may notice that both the ends of your quick-release chain will not have a pin sticking out for assembly, so you are going to take one end of your chain and slide through the special link, pinching the side plates toward each other with your fingers, from recesses in the side plates.
Step 3: Take the other special link sliding it through the opposite side of the opposite end of the chain.
Step 4: Then, line up the holes with the chain push together, you can now pull it apart, which is going to lock your links. The best method to do this is to move the master link to the top section between rear cogs and front chain rings and press hard on pedals. This ensures the link is fully locked. Inspect link before riding the chain.
Step 5: If you need to disassemble the chain you need to squeeze the two special links together, and then you are going to squeeze the ends of the chain together, which is going to allow you to slide and disassemble the chain.
Note: Some master links are reusable, while others are disposable and should be replaced after each removal. Check manufacturer's specifications.
Despite their uncomplicated design and easy assembly and disassembly, quick-connect links can be as strong as or stronger than traditional press-fit rivet connections. You can find it especially true after several uses.