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ShimanoSLX/105 CN-HG601 11-Speed Chain


Item # SHI00KV

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  • Gray, 11 Speed ($28.99)
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The hardest working chain in cycling.

For 2015, Shimano's 105 groupset got a few high-profile upgrades. It's gone to 11-speed, and now has many of the same crankset technologies seen in Dura-Ace and Ultegra. As you'd expect, changes to the cassette and crankset also necessitate changes to the chain that connects them. Shimano designed the new SLX/105 CN-HG601 11-Speed Chain as one of the new 11-speed chains from the Japanese manufacturer. The HG601 differs from the HG901 in that it uses solid pins instead of hollow. This amounts to a weight gain of about 0.08 grams per link, but it also adds to the durability and reliability of the only chain worthy of being associated with the hardworking 105 group.

Despite its slightly higher weight, it does receive the same revolutionary new Sil-Tec ultra-low friction treatment as its more expensive sibling. Sil-Tec reduces friction dramatically while also increasing the chain's longevity and decreasing noise. Please note that while it's specifically designed for the new 11-speed 105 5800 and SLX M7000 groupsets, the CN-HG601 chain is also compatible with all of Shimano's 11-speed drivetrains.

  • Workhorse chain for Shimano 11-speed drivetrains
  • Sil-Tec treatment reduces friction and noise
  • System engineered for optimal power transfer
  • Directional chain for smooth and precise shifting

Tech Specs
Sil-Tec coating
Compatible Components
Shimano 11-speed drivetrains
Recommended Use
cycling, mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Actual Weight

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Gray, 11 Speed

Claimed Weight

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    Does this chain include a quick-link?


    does slx 105 cnhg601 chain come with a ouick link

    >Rating: 4

    Never break the chain

    I've put it through the wringer

    A good chain. Not the lightest but it's strong and gets the job done. Oh, and it's fairly inexpensive. Shifts great on Shimano 11 speed drivetrains. If you aren't looking to have the lightest bike on the road or trail then this will be a great option for you.

    >Rating: 4

    Works great

    I've used it several times

    No complains, works as a great chain, especially since this bike sits outside most of the time so it experiences all of the mountain weather and still performs well.

    >Rating: 5


    I've used it several times

    Use this chain with an e*thirteen cassette and shimano XT derailleur on my YT capra and its lasting longer than I expected. I ride quite a bit of cross country trails, uphills, and lots of downhill and its holding up great. it is stretching normally but has not effected my riding much. Throw a quick link in there and your good to go!


    What does it mean when a product says "shipped within 2 weeks" is it out of stock and I have to wait 2 weeks before it even ships?