Having already made the worlds lightest 9 speed chain (X-SL series), KMC decided to produce a new cheaper L version. This X9-L Gold chain shares a lot of the SL technology, but provides great performance on a budget.
High quality and performance
After abusing a little too much Wippermann stainless for 9S, I finally replaced to KMC. This is my first time to install KMC chain on my road bike equipped with mixing 8s (cranks, F-derailleur, brakes and 9s (R-derailleur and cassette) Dura Ace groups.
Connecing the chain was very easy. I felt it was easier than Wippermann Connex.
I had experienced difficulty shifting small to big ring before, but this simptom's gone. I feel my power is driven to rear wheel with almost no loss.
I will need to evaluate its durability after a year or later to decide if I will stay with KMC chain for the next time or not.
20 November 2009
Fine when new
This chain broke in less than a year and a similar KMC chain on another bike has also just broken (same weak joining mechanism) and in only 6 months. I bought the second chain a few weeks after the first one having lulled myself into a false sense of security. The joining link in both cases fractured. They are the only chains that I can remember breaking in the last 30 years of regular cycling. Very poor!
06 January 2016
These are the best chains I have used. Look good and last well.
09 July 2015
Its a Goldie lookin chain
its a chain. It makes the turning cog thing at the front turn the cogs on the wheel at the back and moves me forward - rapidly.
buy this and become Eddy Mercx ( kids ask your grandad) nah just kidding it wont make you any faster or better but it is a good chain- this one replaced a KMC X9L that had close to 6000 miles on it before it finally stretched past max.
a good value buy
11 May 2015
Top class chain.
This chain will make your life better. It does everything you wish your old chain had done and more, all whilst looking like an offering to the sun god. Its superb.
22 June 2013
Good durable chain, lightweight and looks cool
I bought this in March 2012 and have done approx 600 miles on it, all off road in all conditions/terrains.
Finally worn out and replaced this week with same model.
Durable chain that looks good and has served me well for 9mnths.
Gold finish does wear over time but to be expected really.
05 January 2013
Great value with the KMC quality & reliabilty
This is only 20g more than the SL version that is almost double the price...it's a no brainer!
Excellent chain and bulletproof!
31 August 2012
Amazing look, performance, value for money
I am really pleased with this purchase, the chain by only looks the part on your bike but it also preformed well and had a slick quiet feel to it. I wasn't concentrating when I put it on though so I managed to put it on the wrong way round the rear hanger but the quick lock system meant that I could detach it and replace it correctly. I would recommend this to anyone wanting o buy a durable good quality mtb chain.
14 March 2012
smooth as silk
i have now had this chain on since august 2011 and the day i put it on my bike i did 240kms in a 12hr mtb race, i ride everyday in all weather and race with the same chain(2x9) its now jan 2012 and its time to replace but still works fine even being stretched to 1.0 on the tool gauge. looks so awesome as well.
04 January 2012
One the best looking chains I have seen in a long time . I have two of them one my road bike and one on my 4X bike. :)
05 November 2011
KMC X9-L Gold 9 Speed Chain
My Bike, a Claud Butler Urban 500, was getting very noisy in the drive department after over 3000 miles of use. I decided to fit a new chain and see if that would help. Looking at chain prices I decided to go for a medium priced chain in case there would be other faults that attributed to the noise. I plumbed for the KMC Gold chain and when I fitted it my bike was transformed. It was like riding a new bike again, the improvement was amazing! I never realised just how important it is to have an efficient chain, The KMC Gold certainly has made a vast improvement to my bike and cycling is much more pleasurable now.
11 October 2011
oooh shiny & gold!
Got when on offer as quite expensive at normal price, BUT would pay full price now :) looks great, cleans well, quiet and shifts lovely with high level sram cassette and xtr mech, xt cranks. ive not changed it any sooner than my previous shimano and sram chains and still going well, strong and light! oh and shiny gold :)
16 August 2011
I am more lightweight than the chain which I used until now.
And all links work smoothly.
Being next will use this product.
29 June 2011
Goldie Lookin' Chain
Its bling, bling and bling! Easy fit, cleans well and no issues.
03 June 2011
This saved me a fair bit of weight on my racing mountain bike and lasted a long time too!
So generally I'm really happy with the purchase. Two things to note... The chain doesn't stay 'gold' for very long... It soon wears to a dull yellow... Doesn't look amazing then. As the chain is forever getting replaced... It doesn't feel like a massive investment. I'd buy this chain if you have a racing rig and extra cash. Otherwise spend the money on something more interesting.
27 April 2011
Great chain !
Very high qualty chain, beatufiully striking looks and excellent wieght
would highly recommend !
23 September 2010
Style, Style, Style!
These chains are excellent. They look fabulous, work wonderfully and are light than the OEM chains from Shimano. What more could you want?
21 September 2010
KMC seem to be market leaders and innovators in their field.
The TiNi finish complements the bike's overall look.
The missing link is easy to remove making cleaning simple.
08 September 2010
First ride this sunday and it seems very accurate. Still looks shiny and the waiting to see if what other reviewers said about loosing the gold look is right, the time will give me the response.
27 July 2010
expensive, but worth it. Noticeably smoother, quicker shifting (once you clean off factory lube and use something a bit lighter, R&R gold for me)
Looks great too, gold colouring is holding out well.
19 July 2010
KMC Bling Chain - spot on!
Colour may not be for everyone but BUY IT - light weight, easy to split for cleaning, easy shifting, lasts forever with no issues at all.
06 May 2010
This has proven to be a great chain, although it's expensive compared to a bog standard chain. the gold coating does wear off after a while so now it's a gold and silver chain.
20 February 2010
Looks very bling,gold soon wears off though,slightly thicker than a sram chain as it rubs on my lower linkage and needs packing,not sure what grease they put on them from new but its difficult to shift,
31 December 2009
excellent quality chain - lasts longer than any shimano or sram i've used. price isn't massively expensive and it does look bling
16 July 2009