We went to Germany to test the most popular bicycle chains. Here’s what we found:
"Connex 11sX outwears all comers because it has stainless steel inner links and rollers. There are other materials and technology that contribute to 11sX longevity, but the stainless inner links and rollers are the primary reason. The 11sB also has stainless rollers and inner links, but it wears slightly less well than the 11sX because there’s a bling penalty – the treatment to make the pins gold and the chain black (similar to bluing) reduces longevity but it’s still miles ahead of all others except Campagnolo Record. For a chick-magnet like the 11sB chain, I think this is a small price to pay. The 11s0 is work-a-day rock-solid German steel."
Shane Perkins rides Connex
Shane is pushing as much power through his cranks as ever, hitting peaks of 2400 watts. Shane's choice is the 108 chain...unaltered, out of the box.
Wippermann's 11sp Chain
"I've always been a Wippermann fan and I'm riding around right now on a Speed Concept with electronic shifting (Shimano Di2 11-speed Dura Ace) with a new Wippermann 11sO chain on it. This is Wippermann's midrange 11-speed chain. I find it the equal of Shimano's own Dura Ace chain in shifting, and there is no bigger test for a chain's ability to work on an electronic 11-speed system than a tri bike, because of that bike's short chain stay (usually 39.5cm to 40.5cm, which is 1cm to 3cm shorter than typical on road race bikes)."