SRAM PC-1170 Chain $56.95
Built narrow and strong, specifically for Force 22.
Like the rest of Force 22's completely overhauled components, SRAM's PC-1170 was also tuned specifically for the new 11-speed drivetrain. SRAM refers to the group as 'True 22,' as that's precisely how many useable and trim-free gears you receive with the new groupset. With the encouragement of cross chaining as part of the trim- and rub-free 'True 22' system by SRAM, the groupset's chain needed to be designed to handle the rigors of every imaginable gearing combination. The result is the PC-1170 Chain, pulling the best technology from its PC-1071 to create an entirely new, 11-speed chain.
The first characteristic to note is that the chain's link pins are hollow -- these hollow, chrome hardened pins save 20 grams or so over a chain with solid pins. In addition to being lighter, they're plenty strong so you can expect the PC-1170 to have equal durability. It's quite similar to the PC-1071, though SRAM reworked it to have even more chamfer on the outer plates, added a new inner plate finish, and made it narrower. It's made specifically for 11-speed drivetrains, and it mates perfectly with the tooth shaping and pickup/release points on SRAM's Force 22 cassettes and chainrings for flawless shifting performance.
You can install a PC-1170 Chain without special tools thanks to SRAM's PowerLock silver connecting link. No other sub-6mm chain in the marketplace shares this feature. And unlike the occasional headaches we're all familiar with when it comes to Shimano HG pins and Wippermann connecting links, the PowerLock link is as strong or stronger than any other link on the chain, and it won't hinder shift quality in the least.
The SRAM PC-1170 Chain is compatible with both SRAM and Shimano 11-speed drivetrains. Please note that while the PowerLock installation can be done tool-free, it's recommended to be used only once due to the extremely close tolerances required by the narrow 11-speed design. So if you must break your chain for maintenance reasons, a new 11-speed PowerLock link will be required for reassembly.
The PC-1170 Chain comes packaged in SRAM's long-lasting PowerLube grease to provide you with protection, lubrication, and quiet-running operation right out of the package.