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    Shimano XT drivetrain chain recommendations

    I'm currently running an 11 speed XT mountain set up with a wolftooth components chainring. The chain needs to be replaced and I was curious what everyone has found success with. Obviously something Shimano would work fine, but I've also heard good things about KMC or even some folks using a SRAM chain with Shimano components.

    I'm not super concerned about weight, mostly just something that works well, holds up for awhile, and is easy enough to service/take on and off. What do you suggest?

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    I went with the XTR HG901 chain since it is pretty light, cheap, and stout. I didn't want to over pay for a few grams with a KMC.

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    I am also running XTR HG901 on all 4 bikes with a mix of race face sixc, xtr, and xt crankset with e-thirteen cassettes.
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    Kmc X11.93, I snag them off eBay for around $21. Have run them on both Sram and Shimano drive trains, never had a problem.
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    Running sram chains due to price. Cheaper than KMC and since lpw weight means severe loss of life span on chains that dont get great miles due to being a clyde, they made sense. Plus the use of the power link (same exact thing KMC has). Way easier to deal with a damaged chain.

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    I use the HG-600, I think that's the 105 11 speed road chain. It's like $16, plus a $3 SRAM quick link.

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    Sram chains... always

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    I've always run XTR.

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    Hg901

    I run the wolftooth 32 chainring with the xt 11-42 eleven speed casette and the wolf 49tooth kit. Can get two seasons if not more out of it


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    Sram generally makes you pay extra for their "crosstep" mushroom pins that come standard on all shimano chains. Shimano sucked a long long time ago before these came on the scene. Haven't had a link fail in probably something like 10 years now, all on Shimano chains of that variety. Now all their chains come this way. I usually just look for a deal on XT or sometimes bite the bullet and get XTR. Good chains.
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    I've run SRAM + KMC on my bike which has XT shifter/derailleur, Sunrace cassette and I can't even remember the brand of the narrow-wide chainring. Both work perfectly.

    I've seem some claims that SRAM chains have a bit more flex and are less likely to drop when backpedalling, though personally I've not had a big issue with either.

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    I'm on the M8000 group as well and I buy SRAM PC-1130 (in the GX group) but listed in many places as for the Rival (road group). I was a KMC fan for life up until I went to 11-speed. I have now found that SRAM 11 is better for me and has less issues dropping from the largest cog during backpedaling. It works well on the 4 different bikes I have, better than the KMX 11.93 that came on one of them. I do think they allow a bit of flex but I'm getting decent life out of them and they are cheap, $17.99 on eBay.

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    KMC SL wins the prize for me.

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    I also like that the shimano chains come packed in lube, and not grease that you have to remove and is generally nasty. They run great for quite a while on this stuff (the shimano ones).
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