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SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-Speed Chain
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Faster, quieter, stronger.

In the hubbub surrounding the release of SRAM's new one-by 12-speed Eagle drivetrains, the cassette and XX1 Eagle 12-Speed Chain have undoubtedly stolen the show with their golden bling and groundbreaking technology. SRAM met the challenge of creating a chain that could handle off-road abuse with smooth-shifting accuracy by investing in all-new tooling and redefining how chains are made.

The advent of 11-speed was met with many a pearl-clutching concern about the strength and reliability of such a narrow chain, and slimming it down another 0.35mm meant that SRAM had its work cut out to create a chain that would stand up to the miles. The Eagle chain starts out with even flatter sheets than standard chains and goes through an unprecedented 37 steps to develop each plate. The end result is precisely shaped pin holes that let the pin sit flush with the plate for increased security and durability.

SRAM incorporates its Smooth Link technology, which removes the inner face chamfers that were used to help facilitate front chainring shifts. This leaves a smooth plate face that moves across the cogs quietly and reduces chainring wear in its ability to avoid trapping mud against the moving surfaces. It also adds a Hard Chrome treatment to the rollers and inner plates to further resist wear and promote durability.

And last, but not least, that glittering gold bling isn't there solely for looks. The glitzy aesthetics come courtesy of a Ti Nitride finish that increases durability and reduces friction compared to non-coated chains. Ti Nitride does for this chain what anti-friction coatings have done for suspension forks—makes everything run smoother, quieter, and more reliably over time, so you can focus on the ride without worrying about your drivetrain. If glitz isn't your thing, the XX1 Eagle 12-Speed Chain is also available in a more stealthy black colorway that still includes all the Ti-Nitride benefits.

  • A 12-speed chain that redefines 1x drivetrain functionality
  • Smooth Link technology quiets the ride and reduces chainring wear
  • Ti-Nitride coating reduces friction for smooth and quiet operation
  • Precision engineered for exceptional longevity
  • Works exclusively with SRAM Eagle drivetrain components

Tech Specs

[outer plate] Nickel + PVD, [inner plate] Chrome plated + PVD
Eagle PowerLock PVD
Compatible Components:
SRAM Eagle 10-50t cassettes
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Extra Long Life

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Aside from the riders who habitually break chains, most riders will actually find the Eagle XX1 chain to actually last longer, likely due to the Ti-Nitride coating which is proven anti-friction technology that has been in use on factory Motocross suspension for quite some time now. Not a gimmick, these chains do in fact last longer. If you are always breaking chains, this chain will probably not solve your problems, but if you wear chains out, I feel like the XX1 Eagle chain is, in fact, worth the extra money.

Vital MTB recently had a forum discussion about the longevity of the eagle chains,2/SRAM-Eagle-chain-longevity-is-impressive,9934

Awesomeness has a downside

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put about 1500 miles a year on my mountain bike. I do some endurance racing and local sprint races. I upgraded my drivetrain to Eagle XX1 in February and I'd never go back to anything else. So about the chain.
Pros: Super smooth shifting, quiet, stays a lot cleaner than other chains I've used and is easier to clean, the TiNi coating really lives up to the hype, last of all it looks great.
Cons: I only get about 500-600 miles out of a chain before it stretches enough to cause a noticeable decrease in shift performance. I'm light and not a "pedal masher." I'd imagine that a bigger power rider would really struggle with longevity.

Awesomeness has a downside


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The weight savings are great and all, but where you lose out is the durability. I've broken a few of these chains now, and have bumped down to the Xo1 chain and haven't had any problems.

SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-Speed Chain

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

I just started mountain biking so can't honestly assess whether this chain is better than others out there, but I can attest to the fact that it looks amazing in gold. I paired it with the SRAM XG-1299 Eagle 12-speed casette in gold and the combo looks great.

Eagle Chain is a Quiet Chain

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

When compared to previous SRAM 1x11 chains, this Eagle 1x12 is remarkably quiet and smooth. Also, the lubricant that came on this chain lasted for over a month of riding before I had to add more chain lube. The powerlock connector makes this chain incredibly easy to install. The only difficulty I had was determining the correct chain length, but once you figure it out you're set.

Eagle has landed

    It's a chain, but paired with the eagle grupo allows you to climb any hill even if it would be faster to walk. Love it!


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I went from a 32 in the front on my 1x11 to a 36 in the front with eagle and the math says I still got an easier granny gear. Nuts!

    Golden Eagle!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Honestly, the only reason I got the XX1 is for the gold. If you are looking for a little flair on your ride, this is a great place to put it! Performance with the full eagle drivetrain is amazing.

    Avg. ride time: 47m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Awesome Chain Also Works as Neck Wear

      I had to go gold for my new eagle setup. The chain is a work of art. The engagement with the chainring is phenomenal. The noise-reducing coating, durability, and let's be honest, color options of this chain make it worth the price. Plus when you replace it, you've got yourself a new gold chain for your neck.

      Looks beautiful

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Let's be honest, I bought it because it comes in black. It completes the look of any bike!

      Go Too!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Don't bother with an xo1 chain. The xx1 chain is the way to go. The extra dollars are worth it. It will last longer and pay for itself. The ti-nitride coating will keep your drivetrain silent and keep you going for many more miles of any other xo1 chain. Not to mention the gold chain is sweet!

      Avg. ride time: 3h 18m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      The best of the best

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Note that you need the XX1 Eagle chain for the new Eagle cassette system. The spacing between cogs has narrowed to fit the 12th cog in the frame and you now need a narrower chain to fit the system as a result.

      Smooth as Silk

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The new XX1 Eagle chain offers perfect, quick shifts, that are quiet and precise. The Ti-Nitride coating is one of the key aspects of the new chain, but also the increased machining on the interior of the link plates increase performance. Go with the XX1 chain as an upgrade if running the X0 Eagle group for more bang for the buck.

      Awesome Chain, Break In Period Needed

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Chain runs super smooth and seems strong. 12 speed mandated an even narrower chain but I've had no issues yet. XX1 Eagle is the by far the best groupset available right now if you like a defined shift feel.

      Have it in black

        So far it's been super durable with great shifting. It's a chain so not much to say, but overall very happy with performance.

        Gucci Chain

          I'm gong off pure look for this review but this chain is awesome! I just got it and haven't even installed it yet but I know it is going to be great with the ti nitride coating to reduce friction and noise. I'll keep you updated on ride quality but I have very high hopes!