Shimano Link Glide LG 500

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The Link Glide LG 500 is for either 10 or 11 speed e-bike drivetrains and includes Master Link.

Most (all others tested including YBN & KMC ebike chains) have very poor wear longevity. For giving you greater pin riveting strength, it appears e-bike chains typically skimp on wear durability treatments. Considering the high load and often offroad riding, many e-bike riders absolutely RIP their e-bike chain past 0.5% wear allowance in short order, and then need a new cassette when replace chain (and often new chain ring too).

Normally I recommend Shimano DA 10spd or 11spd as both are e-bike rated and have at least decent wear life on a good lubricant (and XT or XTR 12 for Shimano 12speed e-mtb riders).

However the new link glide chain is over 50% more wear durable vs DA (control tested by ZFC), and so is the go to recommendation now for 10 / 11spd e-bike riders – and it is also more budget friendly vs Dura ace.

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The Link Glide LG 500 is for either 10 or 11 speed e-bike drivetrains and includes Master Link.

Most (all others tested including YBN & KMC ebike chains) have very poor wear longevity. For giving you greater pin riveting strength, it appears e-bike chains typically skimp on wear durability treatments. Considering the high load and often offroad riding, many e-bike riders absolutely RIP their e-bike chain past 0.5% wear allowance in short order, and then need a new cassette when replace chain (and often new chain ring too).

Normally I recommend Shimano DA 10spd or 11spd as both are e-bike rated and have at least decent wear life on a good lubricant (and XT or XTR 12 for Shimano 12speed e-mtb riders).

However the new link glide chain is over 50% more wear durable vs DA (control tested by ZFC), and so is the go to recommendation now for 10 / 11spd e-bike riders – and it is also more budget friendly vs Dura ace.

See full information on Shimano link glide system here (however the chain is compatible with all 10 or 11spd drivetrains).

https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/information/news/shimano-introduces-new-high-durability-linkglide-drivetrain-tech.html

Again Shimano 12speed e-bike – run XT or XTR 12 (refer to 12speed chains product page).

For Sram 12spd e-bike – Sram Eagle x01 / xx1 are by FAR (and I mean, by absolute miles) the most wear resistant chains on the market, however they are not e-bike rated. Most chain snaps on ebikes are due to high power during shifting on chain line angles where for a split second all load may be through one tooth and one link, prying outer plate off link (this is where pin riveting strength counts). Too many ebike riders shift under loads that I would say a normal analogue cyclist would never undertake.

If your shift behaviour is sane and normal, you are not likely to ever snap an eagle chain – its tensile strength is well over 6000watts – and so you may wish to consider choosing eagle x01 / xx1 chain for its extreme wear lifespan. If you must run a e-bike chain, ZFC recommends Shimano XT or XTR 12 chains as the longest lasting e-bike rated chains on the market, however you do need to have a shimano 12spd compatible chain ring to run, Shimano 12spd have hyperglide+ – extended inner link plates, they are not compatible with narrow wide chain rings.

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