Shimano Ultegra - XT CN-HG701 Chain
Shimano CN-HG701 Chain, 11 speed model for the Ultegra groupset and the new XT 11 speed group
- Compatible with all 11 speed road and MTB groupsets
- Product code: (CN-HG701-11)
- Super narrow lightweight 11-speed HG-EV symmetrical design chain for smooth shifts and maximum durability
- Outer plate design has been developed to reduce the chance of chain suck
- Sil-Tec surface treatment technology (PTFE plating) on inner and outer links that is smooth running and increases durability
- Zinc-Alloy plated outer links
- The inner plate has been developed for better contact with gears providing smoother shifting under high load, giving efficient pedalling, increased rigidity and near silent running
- 5.62 mm chain width, optimised for 11-speed Super Narrow HG-EV drivetrains
- Average weight 257 gram
- Please note this chain is supplied without a Quick Link. It does have a connecting pin installed though for joining.
Scott S Great chain combined with excellent service from Merlin!
Bikerider 97 happy with the chains best price around here if you can find them
Mr Kazemi Great chain, very smooth and strong.
Danny Great battle-tested chain, and fast shipping from Merlin to the USA :)
Aaron Fillion No issues, works as it should. I find shimano chains ride smoother that other chains.
Ms Chandran Easy to get on, functions really well on my 11 speed cassette.
Steve M. Perfectly reliable workhorse chain.
Mr Wheeler Chain came with master pins. Works great for me.
Mal Solid performance
Miss Thompson This chain works good enough for me. I change them every 4 months so my cassette doesn’t wear out.
Mr Daley Been using shimano chains on all my bikes and very happy with their performance.
Steve S. Works flawlessly with my R8000 11-speed group.
Mr Oxley Great service as ever from the guys at Merlin - slick new Ultegra chain runs like a dream
Mr Robertson Changed chainrings, cassette, chain at the same time -what a difference!!
jlc73 Been using these chains for several years through summer and winter. Great gear changing and last many kms.
Mr MONTAGHINI always use shimano chains due to their durability
Mr Sheen Quality chain, perfectly matched to the rest of my XT drivetrain with ultimate shifting performance.
Mr Evans I think this is the best option for an all round chain. High quality and functionality combined.... In my opinion you'll always get smoother shifting when using a shimano chain in conjunction with a shimano groupset.
Richard Solid and reliable.
Mr Dominguez I was using KMC, not anymore. This one from shimano works great with my R8000 groupset
David Solid chain, strong and easy to fit to size.
Barrie Smooth crisp shifting chain from Shimano
Mr Froggatt Top quality chain. Smooth and quiet.
Jason My 2nd Ultegra chain, can’t got wrong.
Graeme Quality chain that does the job right and backed up by the Shimano name
David Nice and light, good value
Tony36 Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Great performance as you would expect from an Ultegra chain
Mr Jackson Excellent value and quick delivery as usual. Chains are OEM and are delivered with a standard chain pin, no quick link included but that’s fine.
Mr Hernández What is there to say . The name Shimano says it all and next to Dura Ace , there's Ultegra. All the performance at a friendlier price point
28 Days Later Bit of a faff using the Shimano joining pin, but once installed works a treat.
Jonathan No issues - good smooth shifting chain.
Mr Swingler Good value reliable, work well.
Mr Brookes Excellent quality at a reasonable price. Bomb proof performance
Anthony The chain to go with, bullet proof, excellent value!
AT Super slick.
Mr Layson Lasts a lot longer than I would’ve expected!
Mr Marcio A chain that completes the Ultegra set, with smooth and precise changes.
Tom McCafferty I got a larger rear cog, so I needed a chain where I can add length. It’s OEM Shimano equipment, so it came down to price. Merlin had a great price, and since I bought the cassette from Merlin, it made sense to get the chain there too. I’m very pleased with the chain and with the interaction with Merlin.
Mr Evans Time will tell how long this chain lasts. The Tiagra chain which it replaced was well stretched at the end of a year. Initial impressions are that it is very smooth with the matching Ultegra cassette.
Mr Mc Manus I got this chain in a bundle with an Ultegra 11-34 cassette. Used together they provide smooth and flawless gear changes
Mr Barman Quiet, smooth shifting.
Mr Stopforth Smooth! I just wish Shimano would ship with a quick link like other manufacturers
Eddie Great chain, as reliable as Dura Ace
Anthony Good quality chain, it would be nice if shimano included a spare joining pin as it it easy for a home mechanic to size a chain incorrectly the first time, even with the help of YouTube
VINCE M Can't get too excited about a chain. If you change a rear cassette, you change the chain. Shimano gear tends to be top notch and with some bike tech experience is straight forward to install.
JP roller Not a lightweight chain but it’s durable and smooth rolling.
Paul Shimano is my go to in cassettes and chains. Ultegra is value for money and meets my needs admirably.
David Good blend of performance and value
Mr Ellis Can’t fault the Ultegra chain- good quality and not too heavy. Rugged and fast
Dung Nguyen It is good. It's smooth with the old cassette and chainring. That is very great.
Mr tamaishi さすがのシマノ問題ありません。チェーンは消耗品と割り切ってこまめに交換を進めます。
Kevin Works as expected, reliable quality part
Mr yemez Excellent top quality product. Everything is perfect with Merlin. Thanks :)
Mr Lagnado Stronger chain and a tad bit lighter
Mrs SAUVAGEAU as ordered perfect
Glen This comes in at a good price point. I think it is a very good value.
Mr Tracy This is a durable and reliable chain. If properly cleaned and lubed it can last for 3,000 - 5,000 miles.
Tony Solid chain,as good as any from different manufactures.Reasonable priced too.
Mr Neuenfeldt These chains never disappoint with performance or wear.
Mr Galbraith My go to chain at the moment, good price and if kept clean will last a while.
Miss Crockford Well packaged. Easy to fit, smooth when pedalling
Mr Poisson As always, a good chain.
Peter Makes the things with teeth go around smoothly. Swap them out pretty frequent. Nice to have a few on hand especially when they're on sale.
Mac-Attack Ultegra is always a great product. Same applies here. I use this chain with Sram Red.
Daniel My go to chain, hard wearing, super crisp shifting. Many times I’ve thought about giving something else a try on people’s recommendation, but why would I, stick with what you know here!
Shaun So far I’m very happy with my groupset upgrade... this chain was just the icing on the cake. Super happy
Mr Vreeken Shimano Ultegra chains are in my opinion the best chains that a competitive cyclist can buy. Best of both worlds, with great lifespan without paying the exorbitant price of a Dura Ace chain.
Mr Needham Best chain on the market for the money.
jason Great product. It was easy to fit and. My bike is now running silky smooth once again.
Rich Perfect for all 11 speed shimano systems
Mr Bowen The chain is fine. I wish Shimano chains came with two pins, or better still with quick links. I broke the one I received with the chain.
Dustin I love a new chain! The Ultegra model fits the bill for my riding. Light weight and great price. I can usually get 3000 miles out of it.
Mr Tkaczyk Hot Damn. Shimano's 11-speed Ultegra 6800 groupset is really, really, really good. That's this review in a nutshell, but in the spirit of drawing things out I'll write a few more words on the matter. There's lots to say. But the bottom line is: for the serious fitness rider or privateer racer, as a package, this is as good as a mechanical groupset has ever been.
Matt Top quality chain at a sensible price.
Mr Paul Shimano quality in oem packaging to save on cost. Recommend shimano chains on shimano cranks and drivetrain.
Andy_Vibes The best 11 speed chain there is. A nice balance of durability and light weight and shift really well.
Mr JONES Chain good but not keen on rivet for assembly, noisy if you do not get it right, will replace pin with quick link.
Mike A great upgrade alternative to buying a new rode bike! Great price on top-quality gear.
Dr Murphy No issues so far as you would expect for a quality chain
Mr Bouchard Very happy, the chain works well and I know it last for at least 2500 km
Andrew Great chain that allows for smooth shifting and quiet use even when it gets a little grimy. My only qualm is that I think it should come with a quick link as opposed to a rivet.
Mr Sy Great durability. This is my 5th same chain from Merlin
John B Great price for this and the chain in the bundle! Always reliable chain and cassette at the Ultegra level. Go Dura-Ace if you want to save some weight and sacrifice some longevity, but these work great for my racing.
Michael High spec quality chains at an excellent price backed by a delivery service second to none, difficult to find better.
frank Easiest chain I've fitted. Found the Dura Ace one much harder. Seemed just long enough for a 34 cassette with 50t front though, so would have struggled if fitting with bigger cogs
Mr Nieuwoudt 4th time I buy this chain. Always get good miles out of it
Alfred I have used these on all my bikes, can't fault them and super easy to install and remove if you use the correct Quicklink
Mr Myles Definitely a value for money component that suits a range of cycling activities including racing, long distance riding as well as casual bunch rides.
Christopher Time for a new chain and this one works great. No drops in shifting, quiet, crisp shifts.
mark Stretchy chains wear out cassettes, replace your chains kids
Mr Matthews This will be the second of these chains and they work just fine on my Cannondale. Upgraded to the Ultegra component set and have been really pleased!
Mr Nicloux Good bang per buck ratio. The chain longevity depends mostly on the way you take care of it.
Mr Oberholzer Ultegra chain is the way to go. Strong and light enough
Chris Good product. Shifts well but not as quiet as KMC chain.
Steve J Long lasting excellent reliable chain when matched with a Shimano Ultegra cassette proves its value over time.
Mr Lavoie Does its job. I use it with a quick link. It lasted +/- 4500km in spring condition
John I only use Shimano chains never a problem with them. And love that Shimano got on-board with the quick links. Good price and fast free shipping.
Mr Gallagher The usual Ultegra chain, never had a problem with one of these before, does it`s job better than the 105...never tried the Dura Ace so can`t compare
Mr Lins Calheiro Better performance and good duration, compared over the 105 and dura-ace, respectively.
Daniel Works great with Sunrace
Mel A new chain makes such a difference to smoothness. Used quick link rather than supplied pin
Mike Good quality chain, purchased at the same time as the Ultra 6800 cassette. Work together perfectly as expected.
Mr C Shimano ultegra chain. Performs as you'd expect for a chain at this range. Would Still like to see a quick link solution from shimano for ease of fitting.
Mr Stretton Direct replacement for a chain that had done 5000 miles. Works perfectly straight out of the box.
Mr Tutmaz I have used five of ultegra chain and I have been more than happy with the quality.
Denis Fantastic price, fast delivery. usual Shimano quality. Not much more to say really. At this price, its not really worth fitting the 105 version that has less anti friction coating.
Hugh Matthews The Shimano chains hold up pretty good and have not had a break yet. This will be the third chain I've replaced from a lot of riding!
Paul Excellent chain. Not a fan of the power link and always use a speed link to make servicing/cleaning of the bike faster but this chain wears very well and when installed in the right orientation has wonderful shifting .
Mr O'shaughnessy Smooth chain. Worth every penny.
Mr Fieldhouse Paired it with the Ultegrs CS-8000 no complaints
Jonathan Did about 2500 miles on this and the Ultegra cassette, rode it all through winter too. With regular cleaning and maintenance, I hadn't noticed that it had stretched until the bike shop told me it needed replacing... Typical Shimano quality, smooth and silent shifting 90% of the time.
Peter I've used the XT, XTR (HG901) and SRAM 11 speed chains. Honestly cannot tell a difference in operation or durability.
AlD Rather reliable. Easy enough to install and comes with necessary connecting Pin.
Marcin The best chain I've ever had!:)
Levente Relaible and strong chain, maybe the best choice for 11 speed systems.
Adrien R. Awesome, no faults and as to date have ridden up to 5000 miles since March. Will be changing it soon during my full service before winter time :) Bought this along side the Shimano Ultegra 6800 Cassette.
Oscar Easy to install and does its job very well.
Colorado, USA biker What can you say about Shimano chains? They work well, shift easily and install quickly
DR Got around 1500km out of this chain before it was ready for replacing. No problems, shifts well
Brian High quality chain, have never had issues with Shimano chains
Bailey Shimano chains are easy to fit and wear well. Once fitted they work very well and if looked after give excellent service. At the moment they are in a sale so it's good time to buy.
Mr rosen Better durability than D/A, and only a few grams heavier
JH Good quality chain at reasonable price. Good shifting. Never had any reliability problems with Shimano chains (so far...).
Mr Erjomaa A piece of an equipment you can really rely on!
Mr Smith My original chain it staring to wear a bit so have got this as a like for like replacement. No problems with it whatsoever.
G Kinnard This is a standard 6800 Ultegra chain, well lubricated, shiny and new. I shortened it to match my old chain and installed it on an 11 speed Shimano cassette (11-28). After cleaning my cogs and compact chain wheels (34-50) I rode my bike. It performed flawlessly. The chain came with one pin but I did not use it. I would recommend this to a friend.
JB No nonsence chain with good shifting, quiet and durable
Wolters No complaints about this chain, no shifting issues at all with a 105 groupset.
J Auriemma Again awesome value...this chain has been easily good for nearly 8000kms, did not hesitate buying another.
Munro I can tell the difference between the Dura Ace and 105 chains (quieter, smoother, finish lasts longer) but I can't discern between Ultegra and Dura Ace - tenner saved!
Mr fernando Great chain, highly recommended, good shifting, good longevity at a reasonable price... gets my vote
Austin Very high quality chain and so simple to install, easier by far than Campag due to the pin not needing a special fitting tool. Shifting is smooth, and the chain is a competitive weight for the price.
Minier Smooth and long lasting with out weight penalty
Mr Tappel I wanted a good solid chain to ride while on my trainer, saving my Dura Ace chain for actual road rides. Also wanted a new chain to fit the new Ultegra cassette. Works very well for this purpose.
chrisg Its a chain, it works great... only comes with one chain pin though so if you want to take a spare with you on your travels you'll have to buy one separately
Mr Payne Great chain. Super slick shifting.
SLATER Quiet and super smooth shifting
Mr Slaney Have snapped several cheaper chains, I decided to get a quality product and you can clearly tell the difference.
Mr bianchi Best value if you're going to log in massive miles and not race just yet.
Mr Ribeiro da Cunha For me this is the best price/quality choice, can't justify the extra money for a dura-ace or any other more expensive chain performance and durability wise.
Mr Pennington Bought to complete my Dura Ace set up without splashing out on the 9000 chain. Works brilliantly and only a few grammes difference. Arrived super quick as usual from Merlin. Best price on the Internet. Great service.
Mr Hughes Good value - but change the link for a KMS or SRAM one. Those pins that snap off are the Devils work ;-)
Mr Millhouse These chains are affordable, reliable and make it possible to replace more often to avoid the chance of failure and poor shifting.
Spreaders Ridden an older ultegra set up but did not have correct chain. New set up with proper chain and sooo smooth.
Mr Muller Glad that the chain is again bidirectional. Chain runs nice and quiet and shifts perfectly.
Mr Lloyd Great product that works just as well as Dura-Ace without the cost and minor weight imposition
Fekke Perfect chain for both mtb and racer but I miss a quick link in all Shimano chains...