Switched to this brand of chain 3 years ago when I wasn't getting the chain life I thought I should form other major brands... to remain nameless. Raced on one chain all cyclocross season last year (15 races and training) and will probably not need to change it till the after preseason training this year. Heck I may even get a few of the dry races early in the season before changing it.
I am impressed. This chain is quite, looks good and up/downshift are perfect. I really like the master link, cleaning drive train just got easier. May look to their lighter version but this chain is pretty good.
I switched to this chain from Wipperman. I have used ulterga, SRAM etc..
I used it for the first time on a 200k brevet. Silent and quick shifting. Seems to be a great choice for a balance of longevity and smoothness!
Put this on my Campy Record 10 speed drive train, replacing an expensive but worn out Wipperman chain. The KMC shifts like a dream, no negative issues that I can identify at all. I bought several thinking that if I wear out a SS Wipperman so quickly, that I am going to need to change chains pretty often and spending one third for the same life would be a no brainer. I guess winter riding here in the PNW is hard on chains with all the road grit and grime.
Road biking for fitness. As noted I did struggle a bit with the master link but I have that problem anyway. Shifts nicely and is smooth pedaling. Good value. No downside for me and my cycling.
KMC chains now live on every bike in my stable. They do the job. I like the master link, most folks who have chain problems do so because of improperly installed pins these days. The master link removes this issue. These chains shift well, they run smoothly, and wear well. I got them on Dura Ace 10, 8, and 7 speeds, Rohloff, and fixed gear bikes. The price is reasonable in comparison to others.
I replaced a KMC with this one and it seems to be just as good as the old one. I rode the other one during the winter with all sorts grime. I hope to be better at cleaning this one. Very quiet.
Overall very good. Better shifting than Wippperman I used previously. I ride a smallish frame and so front derailleur rub can be an issue. This chain seems to be slightly narrower largely eliminating that problem.
One curious problem with wear. I regularly check the chain with a Spin Doctor wear indicator and the chain has looked fine for some time. Suddenly there was more than
.75% wear. I realized that this only was true if measuring across the missing link. Thinking the link had worn I replaced it with a new missing link. Same result. Replaced chain and link- okay. Wear apparently occurs at links attached to missing link resulting in a chain stretched but only in that region. Sorry - don't know mileage. Been depending on chain checker. Other than at link seems to last well.
This is a low cost, durable chain. It is also fairly easy to remove for thorough cleaning. It is great for the long Pacific Northwest winters where nearly every ride results in a wet and gritty bike.