Your Drivetrain Is Only As Strong As Its Chain
When you spin the cranks, you often take for granted every link of your chain grabbing every cog of your cassette every mile of every ride. That is, until the day it stops, leaving you stranded.
Prevent this by upgrading to Shimano's XT/Ultegra CN-HG701 11-Speed Chain. Its anti-friction Sil-Tec coating and precise, reliable construction ensure long life and smooth pedaling. Whether you're on the road, trail, or somewhere in the middle, the HG701's asymmetrical design will keep you shifting consistently through your 11-speed drivetrain so you can focus on enjoying your ride.
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Mfg PartNum: ICNHG70111126Q
Chain Application: 11-Speed
Purchased to replace Shimano Ultegra 11speed road bike chain. It arrived in good order and is working perfectly. Installation is in a specific orientation so chain engraved notations are facing outward. A chain break tool is required to remove links and properly size the chain by pushing out a link pin. Requires a surprising amount of force. Reconnecting using the supplied quick link which adds two link pins. In my case 112 total links = 110 plus two from quick link reconnection.
This chain came out of the box with 0.5% chain wear and hit 0.75% after just 742 miles.
I suspect that some of these chains are counterfeit.
Just put this new chain on. It uses a quick link instead of the old pin technology. That seemed to simplify installation for me.
I'll definitely pick this chain for my the replacement on another bike.
I just can't find a better chain than this for my Shimano 105 set-up. I ride mostly gravel and this chain hold up to constant sandstone and limestone gravel roads. I ride about 4000 miles annually, and go through 3-4 chains/year.
I urge you to check your chain with a chain wear tool before you install it. Iï¿½ve had several new Shimano chains arrive with 2/3 of their wear already present (0.5%) in the new chain. The KMC chains I have bought arrived with 0% wear.
Have never had any issues with Shimano chains, and this one is no exception. Got this for my friend's bike that I tuned up for him. Really like that it comes with a quick link, as I always order a KMC link to go with the 10-spd ultegra chain for my bike if it happens to be on sale. Not sure if it's just in my head, but I feel like Shimano chains run just a little quieter than KMC, but shifting performance and longevity are very similar, so I tend to go with KMC more often simply due to price, but I like grabbing Shimano occasionally when they have a good deal going.
I bought my chains here at different sale prices over a couple weeks. Very confusing. But the chains work well and last as well as my cleaning process of 150 miles. As others have noted an Ultegra drive train is noisier than Dura Ace but it's minor.
Great value chain that lasts many miles. Always prefer the Ultegra because of price as it's a much better deal than the Dura Ace that provides only a small weight allowance.
About 98% of Dura-Ace for 20% less $$$. No discernable difference for me--and an even better deal when on sale at BTD. Per usual, the BTD experience is swift and very affordable. Would def order the same chain from BTD again when this one wears out.
What can I say? In thirty years of riding and racing I have broken two chains, and both were nine or ten speed many years ago. Have not broken any 11s or 12s, and I'm no lightweight. Thankfully, Shimano finally joined the quick-link crowd so thorough cleaning and lubing is now a breeze. I typically buy one rung below top tier stuff on consumables. XT is a decent value if you catch a sale.
The quickest and easiest way to renew your drivetrain is by replacing the chain. If you use Shimano Ultegra 11 this is the only chain to buy. Its an exact match with the Shimano 11 drivetrain cassette and chainrings. Replacing the chain more often will reduce wear on the expensive cogs.
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