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ShimanoXTR/Dura-Ace CN-HG901 11-Speed Chain

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Shift into a higher gear.

When you're blasting down the trail, looking ahead at the line you're about to step through, the last thing you want to hear is a dreaded rattling chain that's trying, and failing, to keep up. Whether you're building up a brand new dream machine or replacing a chain that has seen better days, Shimano's XTR/Dura-Ace CN-HG901 11-Speed Chain represents the best you can get among Shimano's line, which is appropriate, as it's designed to be used with the brand's pro-level XTR and Dura-Ace drive trains.

New for this year, chains with the 01 appellation received a new outer plate profile design that enables them to be used on E-bikes and in single-speed applications. With the new out plate, the chain is no longer susceptible to separations when being used in those applications, so it's now equipped to withstand greater torque created by E-bikes.

Like its predecessors, the HG901 features a slight asymmetry to allow it pair perfectly with Shimano's 9000-series drivetrain for smooth gear shifts and excellent power transfer. With Shimano's groundbreaking SIL-TEC low friction treatment, this chain glides through the cogs with minimal friction, so you can focus on the smooth climb, rock-lined singletrack, or bike lane ahead with a chain you can depend on.

  • The chain featured on pro bikes from trail to road
  • Compatible with Shimano's top 11-speed drivetrains
  • SIL-TEC low-friction treatment
  • Asymmetrical, uni-directional design
  • Reinforced to work with E-bikes
  • Includes a quick link for easier installment
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
nickel-plated steel
quick link included
Compatible Components
Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, Shimano XTR 9000
Recommended Use
cycling, E-bike
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Actual Weight

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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One Color, Quick Link, 11 Speed

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Probably not but I've tried breaking this chain and just can't do it!! The secret sauce is in the hollow pin construction where said pin gives it full purchase of that outer plate. Rumor has it you can even ride recklessly with it on both e-bikes and single speeds. That in itself is very telling for the usage on mere mortal's velocipedes. I've got this chain paired with an XT-M8000 crankset, derailleur, cassette and XTR M9000 shifter and the combination works famously. Might be all in my head but the overall drivetrain friction seems lower relative to lesser chains I've used in the past.

Is this chain compatible with a 105 group set?

Hi Kyle, this chain will work just fine with a Shimano 105 11 speed groupset.

No brainer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cant go wrong with this chain, shimano quaility, using it with ultegra groupset, nothing to complaint

Great Chain

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I go through about 3 of these per year. I have never had a failure. They get a great number of miles on them before needing to be changed.

Only chain I use

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It was time to replace the chain on my Di2 11 spd road bike. Went with this tried and true chain. Works great. Was the same chain that came on the bike.

Don't overlook your chain, get the best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Investing in a high quality chain like the XTR is essential to the longevity of your whole drivetrain system. This chain is light-weight and extremely durable. I have used this chain for many seasons without any stretch at all.

Dura Ace/XTR Quality

    Nice quality chain, made even nicer now that Shimano has switched to a quicklink which makes install even easier than before. This is probably my 6th chain between my road and mountain bikes and i've never had any issues.

    Solid choice

      The Shimano XTR chain is a great choice that holds up well under a lot of abuse. I replaced mine after a full season of hard riding, and it held up well over the entire period. Solid choice.

      Good Chain

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Good chain. I've liked it so far, works really good. Hasn't stretched too much.

      Replace your chain!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great replacement chain to keep your drive train from wearing prematurely.

      Best chain

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Only complaint is the lube it comes with. According to friction facts, you need to degrease the chain and use better lube (Squirt, Rock n' Roll, etc.) before installation

      I may be one of few who disagree - I actually like the factory grease. It may be not as fast as the fastest rated dry lubes, perhaps, but it is my experience that the grease stays good for over two hundred miles (assuming no faulty weather). I have yet to find grease that can do that and still is as (relatively) clean as the factory grease from Shimano. If I knew where to buy it, I would.

      Grease aside, it is a great chain. I love it. I can get more than three thousand miles on it. I could probably put even more (again, in good weather), but I tend to replace chains at first sign of wear - still before the 0.75 mm mark.

      Great Chain While It Lasts

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I'm reviewing this after going through 3 previous Dura-Ace chains. This chain runs fast & quiet if cleaned & lubed regularly. I managed to get about 3000 miles with several races sprinkled in before the chain wear tool said it was done. This thing makes quite a bit of noise under load when she's stretched.

      Note: Wears out noticeably faster than Ultegra but the price bump isn't too bad.

      as good as it gets

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've run the DA chains on most my bikes now, I always go back to them. No failure issues, super dependable, light, fast.

      Hello! Does this come with a quick link? I can’t find an answer anywhere but I believe the 701 (Ultegra model) one you guys have does. I’m hoping this is the same case!

      Simply the best.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have a mix and match of components of SRAM and Shimano on my road, CX, and mountain bikes but one thing is always consistent, Shimano chains. It simply shifts crisper than other chains on the market and the quality is always reliable. Invest in a good chain checker and use it and your cassettes will last for many years.

      great quality, wears well

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      the shimano chains always wear well. The quality is fantastic, but the chain works best with shimano specific drivetrain parts. The no quick link is kind of a bummer, but it forced me to buy a chain cleaner by park tool and it works great so I don't have to take off the chain.

      At last, Shimano has a Quick-Link

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Although Shimano chains wear well and are light, I always preferred the quick-link offered by Sram and KMC. With a link tool, you can easily take the chain on/off the bike to clean or maintain it. The Shimano pins worked well but taking the chain off the bike isn't nearly as convenient.

      Great chain

        The Shimano XTR CN-HG901 chain is the top of the line from Shimano and it won't disappoint. It's lightweight but still quite durable. I've put over 1000 hard, dusty miles on mine and it's still going strong.