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Shimano XTR M981 10 Speed Chain

A new XTR group also means a new chain. The M981 is a directional 10-speed design; it features hollow pins and debuts a special coating Shimano refer to as Sil-tec – in theory that should mean a part that runs smoother and lasts longer.

Features:

  • Hyperglide (HG-X) series 10-speed directional Dyna-Sys compatible chain for use with 10-speed MTB drivetrains
  • HG-X Chain uses a directional design with specifically shaped inner and outer plates to optimise shifting over the chainset and cassette
  • Outer plate design has been developed to reduce the chance of chain suck
  • 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
  • Hollow link pins offer great weight savings
  • Durability is assured through a chromising treatment on link pins, and the heat treatment of rollers, pins, and plates
  • Open design of inner links increase mud shedding ability
  • Chain is optimised for Shimano 10-speed HG-X MTB drivetrains only
  • Sil-Tec surface treatment technology (PTFE plating) that is smooth running and increases durability
  • Zinc-alloy silver finish offers the longest lasting and best resistance to corrosion
  • 114 links, 259 grams

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  • Colour: Silver
  • Option: 116 Links
  • Speed: 10 Speed
 
Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shimano Quality Extremely quite and very slick, despite the application of little oil, even though the Trails are turning wet and muddy 12 October 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Like night and day.... I have a full XTR drivetrain on my Santa Cruz Highball, but until recently it was running an XT chain. I recently replaced it with the M981 XTR chain and the difference in shifting is mind-blowing. Previously shifting was average and I would occasionally have difficulty getting onto the big front ring for no apparent reason. With the XTR chain, shifting has gone from average to precise, fast and reliable (front and rear). I couldn't be happier with the upgrade. I should have been running an XTR chain all along, but for some reason it was skimped on when the bike was built, and the cost of XTR chains from any local shops is insane so I never changed it until I had to. Chain Reaction's pricing is so good I have since ordered two more chains to have in my toolbox for the future... and it was still cheaper than a single chain from my LBS. 19 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by muy buena cadena es una cadena cuando la ves se nota la buena calidad la recomiendo 10 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light weight Chain The chain is light weight and perform well. 3 of my friends already installed XTR chain, I expect more will shift to use it. 29 July 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good lifespan This is one part of the bike I do not save money. Spend alittle more on this chain and it last you a long time. Good quality chain from Shimano. 28 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by лучшее враг хорошего лучше - только campagnolo c10 на замках, а хорошее - XTR на пинах. 26 June 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by not up to xtr grade but ok Chain life not as good as expected for a xtr product but was run hard in peak district winter. Ran nice and smooth n quiet with smooth precise changing. 23 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent chains These chains are excellent, they are both strong and light. High recommended. 11 May 2014
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There is no problem in upgrading the chain. The chain you have linked however is made mostly for mtb use not Road. I have listed some options below that are suitable options.
Shimano Ultegra 6600 10 Speed Chain
Shimano Dura-Ace 7901 10 Speed Chain
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Yes it would be a good upgrade. You need not use back the original chain model.
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Read somewhere that this new chain is narrower than the M980, so can this still go on to a XT M771 cassette?
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This chain is designed to run on a 10-speed drivetrain and will function fine with a M771 10-speed drivetrain.
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Yes they can. I had this exact same set up without any problems. Gear shifting is very smooth.
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I am buying an XT m771 triple chainset and was looking for an HGX chain to suit - does this fit the bill?
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The HGX chains are compatible for use with the DynaSys 10sp components. The chains are directional, so need to be mounted in the correct orientation for effective shifting.
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the chain will work flawlessly with your xt cranks.
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This chain is directional for better power transfer and has specially coated rollers for a longer, smoother lifespan.

If you prefer the 'upgraded component' then this would be a good chain to consider.
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This chain has very good lifespan. Spend alittle more to save more money on chain wear and tear.

I use it on all my bikes. It would be a good upgrade.
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Directional chain?

My new XTR chain is shifting a little worse than the worn replacement. I found online the "XTR" on the plate must be upright in the top position, to ensure correct fitting. Is this correct? When checking, I have found plates next to each other facing opposite directions....
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Yes; in order to obtain good gear shifting performance,
this chain has a forward side and a reverse side, and
the sides are marked so that the chain will face the
correct way when installed. The side with the graphics is the forward (outer) side.
It may be the teeth on your chainring/ cassette cog that have worn down and are causing the new chain to skip. Chains and chainrings need to mesh together (even though they are designed to be uniform, every chain and chainring will naturally adapt their own shape/ wear pattern when under use)
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I have seen the same thing mentioned in numerous descriptions from online retailers... however, nowhere in the Shimano technical literature does it state that the link stamping should be right side up in the top chain position. The only thing Shimano specifies is that the link stampings should be facing outwards (right). I asked the mechanic at my local shop the same question, and he confirmed that it doesn't matter if the stampings are right side up or not, and that it's only important that the stampings be facing outward. There must have been wrong information put out when the chain was first released, and it has been copied over and over into the descriptions on online retailer websites. I just checked the XTR M981 chain on my bike, and the XTR stamps are up on some links and down on others, so it obviously makes no difference. Unlike yours, though, mine shifts as smooth as silk. What might be the problem with yours is worn cassette rings or chain rings. Usually by the time a chain wears out, it's also time to replace the rings because a new chain on worn rings can act erratically. The problem won't be noticed when both the chain and rings are worn, because they will be worn-in together.
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This chain weighs 259grams.
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No, this chain would not function with an 11-speed cassette. The chain links may be the same but the chain width and 'profile' are not. This wider chain would not shift effectively across an 11-speed cassette due to how closely spaced the sprockets are.
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