Have always used x11-el which has a estimate life span of 5k km
Seems to work fine on my Ultegra ktted gravel bike. It might be a little quieter on shifting and it seems to rust /discolour less that the previous Ultegra chain after hosing down the bike and leaving it to drip dry for 2 days (as is my sloppy habit)
The difference between the "EL" and the "SL" is the "SL" has hollow pins saving a couple of grams for twenty bucks more. As a bike mechanic, this is the best value for your money hands down.
Long lasting, light and smooth changes, its the only chain worth buying at this price
KMC chains never disappoint and been using them for years. It’s that simple
on this model chain I did 3000 km and I believe that even with this new chain will do just fine the same number of kilometers, the chain is incredibly quiet, provided that you regularly clean and lubricate ...
Stephen chalky white
I always use kmc chains as lite strong and always great quality
Chain is light, strong , comes with quick link and runs in either direction. Compatible with Campagnolo, Shimano and Sram. It’s my go-to chain. Can recommend it. Merlin price and service complete the perfect package.
excelente custo benefício
I purchased this KMC chain as part of an upgrade to Campag Chorus 11 speed, I've used KMC chains for many years with great success, this one is no exception, and at a very competitive price.
Use this chain on all my 11 speed bikes. It’s easy to fit with the quick link provided and I can’t say I’ve had any issues with it.
Great value chains. Shifting is good and they seem to last at least as well as the other brands at higher price points.
KMC X11-EL is outstanding, changes gear smoothly and last twice as long as competitors chains
As with all KMC chains, works brilliantly.
Just recently built up a new bike. I previously used Dura Ace chains. But from now on I’ll be on kmc, much quieter in operation
Best price/weight/longevity chain IMHO
I have ridden one KMC chain and the x11 is durable and long lasting. No issues. Quick link is a great asset.
Competitive price for an excellent chain, fitted to an Ultegra 11 speed groupset and running smoothly already with muc off ceramic lube. Competitive price and very fast delivery from Merlin as usual.
Been using KMC chains for over 10 years. They are the best
Easy to fit, runs smooth and changes are quick. What more do you want. I run on a 10 spd group with no issues, actually think it’s better than old 10 spd chain.
Always use kmc, never had a broken one, and conditions have to be atrocious before they start grumbling
What can you say about KMC chains? Quieter than the Ulterga chain and lasts longer too.
Super quiet, good shifting experience even under load and dead easy to fit with 'missing link' although I recommend a dedicated tool for removal and fitting.
Running chain on 11 sp chainset but with 10 sp front and rear derailiers. Front shift is a little slower but no real problem. Rear shifting is perfect and I think even better than using 10 sp chain
Nice cutout detail and standard kmc performance.
A quality product purchased to replace a worn out SRAM chain after only 1,000 miles on my MTB - I've always had good life from a KMC chain.
Bought as a replacement for a shimano 105 chain which I always found a bit noisy, this one seems quieter. The quick link was a little stiff without the proper tool but a stamp on the pedals got it snapped in fine. It works as a chain should, I'd buy again.
My go-to chain for my good bike. I only use KMC chains anymore after bad experiences with Shimano and SRAM chains. Is the EL worth it over the basic X11.93? I have no real evidence, but it makes me feel good, and it's not that much more expensive... so I just think of it as a bit of modest bike bling. The most important thing is that I never worry about it snapping out of the blue, and I don't do anything special to care for it, just keep it reasonably clean, and in return, it does its job quietly and without complaint.
Smooth and light, perfect
Usual high quality product from KMC
The chain is smooth in its operation and reasonably quiet.
Decided to try this instead of an Ultegra chain. Fitted fine on a 105 set, and runs quiet. Prompt delivery by Merlin as usual.
My favorite 11 speed chain, good value for money and they seem to last well
It might just be me but these seem quieter than other chains and last for ages.
Great quality chain for the money. So much quieter than the Shimano 105 replaced. Great quick delivery and easy to fit.
Smooth & quiet running, crisp shifting. Good compatibility with Shimano.
Long lasting, and seems (to me) to run quieter than Shimano
Very good chain, I ride 3300 km then is worn out
Excellent value chain, lasts well, looks shiny after a wash and is at a sweet spot for price vrs weight vrs strength.
I've been using these for years now , never broken one but worn a few out. Best price vs weight ratio without getting too carried away. Just works.
Being uni-directional this chain is easy to install. I have used it before and found it to be long lasting. Good quality and excellent price.
These chains are at least as good as the Shimano ones, and at a more reasonable price. They also last just as long.
Have been using the KMC chains for a while now as they seem to last longer
My first 11 speed chain, so nothing to compare it with, but the EL series always seem to be available somewhere with a good price. This time it was Merlin with the best price and always happy to deal with them rather than the W-CRC megalith. Very quick & reliable delivery from a company staffed by humans, not robots.
Good quality for my commuting bike - happy with KMC chains
Simply the best bang for buck chains at a great price. Thanks Merlin.
Hard to fault this chain. I've been racing with these for the last 4 seasons and love them. Great price from Merlin as usual.
Great value -- works well with Centaur 11sp cassette.
Affordable and very good quality better than shimano
Paul, Sydney Australia
Good chain which I prefer to Shimano
A few grams heavier than the SL but quite a bit cheaper. I've used them on campagnolo 11 speed for several years with no issues
KMC are a reliable high quality alternative to Sram & Shimano chains
Excellent chain, simple to fit and very reliable
A chain, from one of the most renowned brands... Rolls well and transmit my power!
Very happy with KMC chain. Running it on Sram Force 1x drivetrain on gravel bike.
Good solid quiet chain at a good price
Great Chains, when replacing a chain I always fit these. They run quietly and shift as well as any other chain. I also personally like the look of the cut outs in the plates.
KMC chains in my experience last considerably longer than similarly priced alternatives from Shimano or SRAM. $29 is a pretty good price for them. The EL weighs only a few grams more than the more expensive SL
Best chains out there. I've used them all.
Great road bike chain, easier to install and replace than the Shinano alternative. Looks sharp.
Chain was a last minute purchase prior to 3 days cycling in Belgium. Pedaled over 260 miles up the Oude Kwaremont cobbles and chain never missed a beat. Would recommend.
Lightish shiny finish, so easier to clean
Light and comes with a quick link which to me makes it better value than shimano.
Chain seems durable and the quick link was easy to install.
Great! It's lighter and seems quieter than the shimano 11 spd chain it replaced
Brilliant chain. Light and hard wearing
Love this chain - works great on my Shimano Dura Ace set up, rolls smoothly, quiet.
I've always liked these chains - works perfectly on Shimano and comes with the quick link.
I bought this to replace an original Campag chain that snapped while out on a ride. I must admit to being a little hesitant about buying a non Campag original but the need for a special fitting tool put me off sticking to the Italian brand. Once ordered the KMC chain arrived just two days later and was extremely easy to fit. I removed the necessary number of links to ensure it was the same as the original and interestingly could see the original was a good 5 or 6 mm longer so had obviously stretched a bit in use. I can't comment how many miles it had done as I was given the bike but I had done at least 1,000 miles on the chain. Once cut to the right length and the 11 gear cassette, chainset and derailleur all cleaned up, the new KMC chain threaded straight into place and the supplied link was very easy to then fit and lock into place. Obviously the proof of how good it is was always going to be in how it feels out on the road and for that I'd give it a 10/10. Seriously.
Top brand. Like the KMC - shift well and not too noisy.
KMC chains are on all of my bikes, from the rigid singlespeed to the 8" travel DH rig. I've stretched many out, but have never broken one. I can't say the same for SRAM of Shimano.
Far better than Shimano chains in my opinion.
KMC chains rock, only brand I now use for any of my bikes
Five star, superb chain for super smooth shifting and transmission.
Great product. Smooth on 11 speed campagnolo.
Light, excellent shifting, great value, easy to fit/remove with quick link, great value and they are pretty durable, whats not to like! Great service from Merlin as always.
Slick, tough and ultra smooth chains. Noticed recently that the shifting wasn't quite right so I replaced the old chain (exact same type) after 9 months of all weather riding and chain had only just reached the 0.75 stretch mark on the park tool chain checker. One thing tho the missing link joiner is a prick to get off and not much better to put on, might just join the next one the good old traditional method. Also I believe these joiners after awhile tighten up a bit and cause the chain to slightly lose it's index, just a slight wee noise that becomes annoying. But still a better choice than the more expensive and the need for the specialist tool to put on than the Campagnolo chain.
My first experience with KMC, I bought it because it had a connecting link as opposed to the Campy 11 chain. I can't compare it to the Campy chain but it shifts cleanly and runs quietly. The missing link takes a fair amount of force to connect, I would highly suggest buying the tool to disconnect it.
Good quality chain that gives slick gear shifts. Also, I know from previous experience KMC chains have a very long life & are totally reliable.