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Shimano XTR M981 Chain

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Shimano XTR M981 Chain

The Shimano XTR CN-M981 features the all new Sil-Tec surface treatment for increased shifting performance and durability. A little dirt never hurt! The mud shedding design provides smooth shifting performance under high load pedaling in muddy conditions. The XTR CN-M981 is a directional chain designed specifically for MTB riding conditions. Wight is minimized with the hollow pin construction, and chromized rivet pins improve wear resistance. Do your bike a favor and equip it with the Shimano XTR M981 Chain.

  • New Sil-Tec surface treatment increases shifting performance & durability
  • HG-X 10-Speed directional chain designed for MTB riding conditions
  • Not compatible with 10-speed road drivetrains
  • Mud shedding design for smooth shifting performance under high load pedaling in muddy conditions
  • Chromized rivet pins improve wear resistance
  • Hollow pins for light weight
  • Zinc-alloy plated inner and outer link surface treatment
  • Compatible with 10-Speed Dyna-sys drivetrains
  • Number of Speeds: 10
  • Links: 116
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Shimano XTR M981 Chain
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to install (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Attractive (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

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    5.0

    It's a chain

    By Ryno

    from San Diego

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

      It's a lightweight, smooth running chain. Only have 50 or do miles on it using it on a 1x10 set up.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      An XTR chain, nothing more to say

      By Trail Bomber

      from Oakley CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

        Nothing much to say about an XTR chain. Picked it up here at Jenson for about the same price as the XT chain. Its light, durable, and in my opinion, Shimano has the best connector link in the business.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great chain

        By mtbmadnes

        from Stow, MA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

          Hollow pins can bend if you do a hard shift.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great product, I would buy again.

          By Fred83

          from Quebec, Canada

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Install
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

            Very great product, great look and lightweight.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            i would buy this product again.

            By TROD21

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Riding
              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

              Great chain smooth shifting light weight great price.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great product

              By George

              from Hungary

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

              Xtr speaks for itself. Little bit expensive but works smoothly. Best use if you have complete Xtr set on your bike.

               
              5.0

              Shimano quality at a Jenson USA price!

              By Jon

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Install
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

                Durable, light weight, and I still find chain pins much easier than quick links.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great Chain

                By Stuck In Illinois

                from Illinois

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable
                • Easy To Install
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

                  I do not know how much you can actually notice a chain, but works great.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Smooth Shifting, Great Durability

                  By Flats

                  from Albuquerque, NM

                  About Me Competitive Cyclist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking

                    Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

                    Paired with my new XTR cassette, shifting is near perfect. Lighter and smoother shifting than my previous XT setup.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent 10-speed Chain

                    By Jason

                    from Wilmington, NC

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Install
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking

                    Comments about Shimano XTR M981 Chain:

                    I picked up this chain in moving from an 8x3 drivetrain to a 10x2. I found this XTR chain to be very light, durable, and well constructed. It mounted up easily and has offered smooth shifting as promised. No issues so far, but it is a little higher priced - so hoping it lasts!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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