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Now running narrower, stronger, and quieter than before.

Just as the rest of the Red 22 components have been precisely tuned for 11 speeds, the new PC-Red 22 chain was also engineered specifically for the new drivetrain. 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 PowerChain Red 22, pulling the best technology from its PC-1091R 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-Red 22 to have equal durability. It's quite similar to the PC-1091R, 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 Red 22 cassettes and chainrings for flawless shifting performance.

You can install a PC-Red 22 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-Red 22 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 to reassemble it. The Red 22 Chain comes packaged in SRAM's long-lasting PowerLube grease to provide you with protection, lubrication, and quiet-running operation right out of the box.

  • Hollow chrome pin construction
  • PowerLock connecting link with tool-free installation
  • SRAM/Shimano 11-speed compatible
  • Includes PowerLube grease

Tech Specs

Material:
nickel silver plating
Connection:
PowerLock
Compatible Components:
SRAM 11-speed
Actual Weight:
One Color, One Size: 242g
Recommended Use:
road racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Great chain, smooth and reliable!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband and I both got this chain as part of the SRAM Red eTap Road GXP Groupset. This review is for the entire group.

Hubby says: I purchased two SRAM Etap groups to upgrade both my wife’s and my road bikes. Both bikes had relatively old drivetrains (hers 10+ year old Ultegra and me 15 year old Campy Record) so we figured it was definitely time for an upgrade and because our bikes have S&S couplers the wireless aspect of Etap made a lot of sense for breaking down the bikes for travel.

Installation: Etap was far easier to install than any other build I have done. After removing all the old parts and degreasing the frame and giving it a good scrub, I had everything installed in about an hour and a half, the most time consuming part being the brakes. SRAM has some excellent YouTube videos explaining how to install the parts and after viewing them a couple times, it was pretty straightforward. One thing to watch out for is the braze-on adapter. We have titanium bikes which require this adapter and I tried using the Shimano one that was on my wife’s bike from her previous group. With this adapter, adjusting the front derailleur was impossible, but once I switched to the SRAM adapter everything worked normally. I know, it’s probably obvious but I just figured there was some cross compatibility between SRAM and Shimano but it appears that’s not the case. Minus points for the braze-on adapter being a separate component that we needed to buy to complete the install.

Adjustment: this part was surprisingly easy, especially compared to mechanical groups I have worked with in the past. SRAM’s video instruction was clear and concise and the front derailleur has little marks on it showing where it needed to be mounted in reference to the large chainring. The rear derailleur was equally easy as well, just use the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters to line it up with the large and small cogs of the cassette respectively. Once that was done, I fine tuned the adjustment by putting the bike on the trainer and riding it, adjusting as needed with the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters while shifting into every gear.

Riding: The first ride felt like I had a brand new bike. The difference between this and my old group (granted it was pretty old) was a revelation. The first week or so of riding I was getting Strava PRs all over the place and at my age, I ain’t getting any faster so it definitely has to be the drivetrain. The new method of shifting (left shifter easier gear, right harder, both change front chainring) took a little getting used to but now that I have, I love it. Shifts are quick and concise with no delays, clicking or grinding, even under heavy pedaling load. The brakes are also nice, with good modulation and stopping power, even on carbon rims. One final point about this setup is it’s seriously quiet - almost zero noise out of this drivetrain which is one of my favorite features.

I was a bit nervous about dropping so much money on electric shifting but once I had it on the bike those nerves disappeared. The components are high quality (as is the packaging - it seems SRAM has taken a page out of Apple’s book), the installation is really easy and the performance of the group is outstanding. I highly recommend this setup for anyone wanting to upgrade their bike.

Avg. ride time: 6h 57m per week
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Smooth is fast

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Top end lightweight chain at an affordable price. Great price, great shifting, and great performance, partner with your Sram 11 speed drivetrain and peel out and do poppa willies all over the competition.

Great Light Weight Chain

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This chain is inexpensive compared to DuraAce and Ultegra chains and performs as good or better than the more expensive counterparts. It can be a bit tricky to set this chain up for the first time and I would suggest buying extra master links as you may need them. The instructions that came with the chain is poor but the instructions with the master links are OK which is another reason to buy extra links. I was able to get the chain together right the first time but screwed up lacing the Red 22 derailleur so I had to pull it apart and start new. The second time around one side of the master link set but the other side didn't so I had to pull it apart again, it was a good thing I thought ahead and bought extra links as you can only use them once. Now that I know the issues it's a breeze to replace this chain and I won't be going back to Shimano anytime soon, I love the new SRAM products they are fantastic and made in the USA which is even better.

Avg. ride time: 3h 16m per week
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Best bang for the buck indeed

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

Its a great chain for the price, quiet, smooth shifting, and easy to clean.
I only gave it a 4 star because in my opinion the KMC X11SL does exactly the same as this but more durable. But then again I have yet to find out its durability once it stops raining here in WA

Delete your review then. No point in posting a 4 star comment if you have not reivewed it properly.

You really want to give it 4 stars if you find out its not durable like the KMC.

Best Chain for the Buck!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great chain for the money, very quiet with excellent shifting. Not the lightest but for the dough a great product. I'm running 6880 Di2 with 6800 cassette (for training 9000 for racing) with 10s Rotor Q Rings and the shifting has been fantastic.

Avg. ride time: 12h 12m per week
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Must have with your Red22 Drivetrain

    This is the final piece to the drive train perfection that is Red 22. If you've gone Red 22 on the rest of the build, don't skimp on the chain.