The KMC X10SL Gold Bicycle Chain - 10 Speed is compatible with all major shifting systems, and will offer the ultimate in shifting performance and durability. Boasting slotted plates and hollow pins, this reliable chain is both lightweight and low maintenance. Compatible with SRAM, Campagnolo and Shimano components, it has 116 links and is coated with titanium nitride. - L.M.
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An excellent, lightweight chain with a great finish - a winner. The x10sl Gold sits at the top of their current road range, and as the name suggests is a 10-speed compatible chain...Fitting is a doddle with the KMC missing link system (very similar to SRAMs powerlink in use)..The gold finish of the (blingin') x10sl is not only good looking but also has a titanium nitride coating, which is claimed to improve the wear. In use, the best thing about any chain is that you don't notice it, and that's exactly what I found with the KMC.The real bonus of the x10sl is the weight: at 243g out of the box it's light - very light - and once we'd removed nine or so links to get the length we required it was down to around the 226g mark. KMC have achieved this with the pared down profile and slotted plates (something Campag also do with the Ultra 10-speed chain) and hollow pins connecting everything together. The pleasing thing here is that this is achieved without the loss of strength or longevity, with the harsh weather and clumsy shifting of this tester not stressing it at all. We've looked around, and aside from the similarly priced Campag Ultra (which tips the scales at over 15g more), the only chain we've found that's lighter is the ultra bling and exclusive Connex Ti Chain (claimed 235g for 110 links) but that retails at over Â£220!
This chain is the best I have used, it is very quiet and the gold coating has not come off yet. After over 2000 miles it still looks brand new. The only issue I have had with it is with the joining link, I have taken the chain off the bike a few times and after a couple of uses the connecting link seems to widen slightly which causes a vibrating noise when it runs through the cassette, it is easily solved though by using a new connecting link. KMC does say that you should only use the link two or three times before using a new one though.
This review relates to the gold, TiN coated version. I've no experience with the KMC silver version. Gold is lighter, shifts better, runs quieter, stays cleaner, looks better than either the Dura ace or Red chains I had on my bikes previously.
Hard to say about wear yet, but after 1,000 miles no wear shows on the gauge. If you watch PBK for a sale the price is not much higher than Shimano/SRAM's premium chains.
The removable link is better than the SRAM quick link, which is not reusable, and the SRAM is a bear to either remove or replace without tools. Either, however, is better than the Shimano quick link, which is nonexistent.
KMC says their quick link can be opened and closed by human fingers, without tools. Perhaps if you are stranded at roadside and therefore strengthened by desperation and rage like the Incredible Hulk. I've not yet had the pleasure.
However the fact that KMC sells removal and re-install pliers (two separate tools, which PBK also sells) speaks volumes. I bought some and with them it's genuinely an everyman DIY project to get the chain on and off with the tools when they are available at home.
Chain looks awesome, lightest chain on the market and easy to install! It also boasts great durability for such a super light weight chain. If price is an issue, go a little heavier and a little cheaper, but keeping with KMC you can't go wrong! Great products will definitely add value to your drivetrain and make it smile!
I bought this chain in spring and after 3.000 kilometers its still running smoothly. High quality and good value for money. It runs almost without noise. The only minus is that the gold coating wears off slightly in time. Consider buying ceramic gear rollers for the perfect combination on the drivetrain
after running Dura Ace chains for a while I swapped out to these for my race bike and mtb. Yhey look fantastic and really are super light and they last for ages, I'm still running my a year and a half on and its still super smooth as the day I got it.
The goldnickle coating looks good but I don't know if it actually makes any difference from the silver one and is worth the extra 5 pound.
but over all a super chain... just keep it clean.
Very light, superb wear, and no excessive noise. Be warned though, the lubrication (grease) that comes on the chain is very tacky. If you let it rub you, it will not come off easily. That said, I prefer the grease to the light lube that other chains come applied with.