KMC X11 for me too. Last one lasted between 6500 and 7000 km on my Performance CX and 11 speed. They last.
I'm getting good life on my 11 speed cassette with the KMC x10e. The x11e simply did not hold up to my personal torque, it separated. Shifting is no problem, I tend to spin in the upper 60's to 80 rpm as my sweet spot. The OEM chain had good life with 1500 miles, I'd rather replace the chain than take chances of developing problems with sprockets and the rest of the drive train. Brake pads needed replacement around the same time so that seems like a good maintenance interval. Tires went a little sooner.Is your cassette 11 speed? how was the durability of the 10 speed? for sure they are cheaper. So even if life is same and shifting is OK.. then at least it's more chain per dollar.
Thank you Paul,On my Bosch Performance S I'm on my third chain using the KMC 10e for awhile now and only get around 1500 or so per chain before they stretch out and get noisier. The KMC does come with a quick link.
When I purchased the bike it came with a Shimano chain that lasted about the same as the KMC ebike specific chain.
I am very on top of maintenance on the chain. No wet riding, 99% on paved bike paths and streets. Mostly use Tour and Eco.
Haven't tried the Connex e chains. They are harder to come by in the US.
I use that too but I use it on different sections of the chain. For example last time even the lbs mechanic didn't realize that the chain was almost worn since the sections he took measurements showed <=%0.5.Actually never thought about uneven wear. I usually just use the measurement tool on the chain.
Did you fit their connecting link the correct way around?I wanted to add that, after going through a few Wipperman Connex 7E8 chains, the experience has been terrible.
These chains are very thick, moped-like, I think they have 8.8mm pin length or something ridiculous. However... they die very quickly. Like, less than 1000km of life. Also they've had some issue with the locking mechanism, which caused me to have to email Wipperman and they've sent me a new chain. Locks on a few models were a bit loose which was dangerous and I had to replace those locks with spares.
TL;DR I'm going back to KMC E1 and E11. Having a stupidly thick chain on a bike looks awesome, but it's of no use if it fails so quickly.
I'm pretty sure the Wipperman link is not directional, because you put a proper link plate in front of the link, and the link just holds it in place.Did you fit their connecting link the correct way around?
I'm relatively new to this wearing out chains thing - kmc 11 e stuffed @450 km, the wipperman is looking new @ 600 km ( mtb riding ) . Admittedly it's summer at the moment so less mud grinding away at the wipperman, plus I'm starting to learn when to change gears.
Definitely directional, if you put it on ipside down it fouls on each gear changeI'm pretty sure the Wipperman link is not directional, because you put a proper link plate in front of the link, and the link just holds it in place.
I live in a country that's dirty/muddy all the time, regardless of weather, so I have year-round chain annihilation. And Wipperman has failed too many times for me.