After years of resistance, Japanese component behemoth Shimano have finally started shipping out their own dedicated quick links for 11 speed chains, snappily named the Quick link SM-CN900.
The quick links will be sold with chains as standard as well as separate, and are compatible with all 11 speed road, MTB and STEPS E-Bike drive trains.
Shimano previously always sold their 11 speed chains with a pin instead of a link, and this will come as welcome news for those who might need to make a quick repair on a long jaunt. Officially, Shimano are saying the SM-CN900 isn't reuseable.
Shimano's quick-links are available to buy now and are sold in packs of two, priced at £11.99; and while it may be long overdue and potentially exciting news, you can actually pick up six pairs of KMC links on Amazon at £8.99 a pop and they do exactly the same job - maybe Shimano will review pricing to be more competitive in the future...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.