zoom Shimano 105 5800 Chain
Shimano 105 5800 Chain
Shimano 5800 11 speed Chain, 116 link. This new 11-speed chain uses previous years Dura Ace technology and Shimano's low friction surface treatment Sil-Tec, to reduce friction.
Top Features of the Shimano 105 5800 Chain
- 11 Speed
- Sil-tec technology
- 116 Links
A PTFE surface coating that reduces friction while boosting durability.
A bicycle chain is a 'roller chain' that has the task of transferring power from the cranks to the rear wheel of the bike thus propelling it. Most bicycle chains are made from alloy steel, but some are chrome plated or stainless steel to prevent rust, or simply for good looks. Chains will vary in width depending on the amount of gears you have, most are 3/32 inch for use with geared systems and then come in 'speeds' which needs to matched to the cassette, ie a 10 speed cassette will need a 10 speed chain and so on. Track bikes or single speeds often run 1/8 inch rings so will need a 1/8 inch chain as well, these will have larger plates to aid stopping on a fixed wheel, which can add extra stress to a chain.
About the Shimano brand
Shimano are the makers of the world's most well known cycle component brand. Established in 1921 when the first cycle freewheel was forged. Shimano produce drivetrains, wheels, pedals, shoes, cycling clothing and pretty much every Shimano cycle accessory you can think of! Famous for their top end products ridden by the pro's, Dura-Ace and XTR, which cover both road and MTB's. At Shimano, they're doing everything they can to respond to heightened environmental concerns. Shimano are proud to be a producer of bicycle components that help people to enjoy outdoor sports and interact with nature through healthy non-polluting activities. In their 87 plus years of existence Shimano have accumulated a wealth of technology and product development and expertise that serves as the driving force behind their continually evolving product line.
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If you are running a Shimano 11-32t cassette it is important to run the Medium Cage RD [I assume you have this and not a 'Short Cage'. This will give the correct clearance on the back and allow correct gate and guide alignments.
I have run the 105 drivetrain [Standard Double 10 and 11-speed] as well as Ultegra and Dura Ace [Standard Double and Compact with 11-28, 12-25 and 11-32t on the cassettes.
In all of these I have never found the 116 link chain inadequate.
Additionally, although you will get 'feedback chatter' from your drivetrain [especially from Compacts] when you reach the extreme combinations you should not have issues selecting your gears.
I wonder whether you are running a large cassette on the back and a large ring on the front. If you are climbing big hills I would have thought a Compact Crank on the front would be the way to go. Or, you could use an intermediate Double with 52t x 36t on the front.
Perhaps the 11x32 and 52x36 on the front would be your dream combination.
As I mentioned above, remember you will need a Medium Cage Rear Derailleur when running any cassette ring larger than 28t. The maximum recommended for the common Short Cage RD is 28t.
Most riders understand that the 'big-big' combination is very trying on your components and reduces wattage results and should be avoided. However, it should be selectable without issues, if you select it by mistake.
It is important to have your bike set-up correctly. This will result in the best ride experience/performance from your kit.
We love building bikes with bespoke set-ups.
Having said this, adding extra links to your chain is likely to create as many problems at it will solve, as the extra chain slack could result in the rear derailleur curling up too much and rubbing against itself in the smaller combinations (I couldn't say for sure without knowing exactly what sixe chainrings you're using, but this would be the case with a 34t inner ring for sure).
The solution to your problem is to shift into your small chainring before using the last 2 or 3 cogs at the large end of your cassette. This is particularly important for you due to the relatively extreme range of your cassette gears, meaning that there's no length of chain that will work fine at both ends of the spectrum
I would recommend adding a single link to the chain you have as this will buy you a bit of leeway should you accidentally go too close to the big-big combo.
If you're not confident there's always your bike shop
The simplest method to determine ideal chain length is to wrap the chain around the largest chainring and the largest cassette ring, but NOT though the rear derailleur, then use the length required to join the chain in a continuous loop.
This method is described in full detail on this website:
Scroll down to the section titled "Chain sizing - largest cog and largest chainring method" and you should be fine :)
Instructions are included with the chain but a handy article can be seen here:
I am running this chain on my Ultegra 6800 groupset. The only difference you'll notice is you're pockets will be fuller (with money...)
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