Leaving no stone unturned when creating the Dyna-Sys range of 10 speed components, Shimano designed a whole new chain from the ground up. The end result is their first ever range of MTB specific chains. The zinc plated chain is directional, meaning it needs to be oriented in the manner specified by Shimano for best performance. A standard 10 speed compatible chain tool can be used for installation.
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This chain shifts amazing, and has held up very well for me so far. I've read about chains breaking on the installation link, but I put this together with a KMC Missing Link, so I'm not worried about that. Assuming the life is reasonable, I'll continue to purchase one of these at the start of each season.
Great chain for the price. Works great with the DynaSys 10 speed system as you would expect. Its a bit heavier than some of the high end chains, but I'll sacrifice a few grams for Shimano quality and durabilty.
The bottom line with these chains for me is: The initial shifting performance is excellent if you are using a Shimano drivetrain. The problem is after a while these chains wear significantly faster than rival chains like KMC. I had three of these chains (including the one that came stock on my bike). The first one broke at the installation link, which I will accredit to poor installation by the bike factory. The second one lasted half a season before my chain checker said it was stretched beyond tolerance, and the third one lasted the second half of the season before it too was worn - along with my cassette and chainrings. On the bench, I believe nothing shifts better than a Shimano chain with Shimano drivetrain. Unfortunately in the real world, they just don't last compared to the cheaper KMC's I can buy, which is why I give it 3/5.
Great Chain Works Good with Shimano XT Drive Train
So far so good. Shifts well, cleans well.....just hope it holds up but I have no reason to expect it not too.
best chain i`ve used,last longer than an xtr and much cheaper. a tad heavier but worth it to me on the durability.
Snapped on the first ride. The Shimano chain pins are much less user-friendly than a SRAM power link.