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The Ultegra HG-93 chain features super-narrow 9-speed construction, allowing for the use of a 9-speed cassette of the same overall width as 8-speed. Its ultra-precision construction helps maintain strength, dependability, and shifting performance on the narrower 9-speed sprockets. You also get superior durability, with pin pull-out resistance increased by 50% in comparison to 8-speed.

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5 5

Reliable and Smooth Chain

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Good chain. Smooth and strong. Nuff said.

5 5

bees kneees

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This chain deff gets the job done but you can't beat the easy install and removal of a sram chain with the quick link. All in all I feel they are comparable. Problem free as long as you take care of it .

4 5


I use this on a DH/FR bike. I had been using Sram for a while and had multiple breaks on the same trails with the same bike. I switched to Shimano and the breaking chains stopped. Maybe a fluke or just luck; but, I only use Shimano chains since then even though I prefer the Sram cassettes and shifters.

I also still use a Sram Power Link when setting these up.

5 5

10 years and still going strong!

I have been using the same XT 9-speed chain on my hardtail since 1999. Yes, that aint a typo, over 10 years. I was prompted to do this review because after a once a year cleaning the chain still looks and performs like new.

If you think that is hard to believe consider this.
1. Perfect Shifts: The XT 9-speed group still shifts better than anything else I have used including SRAM 10-speed.
2. Long Lasting: The materials must be very high quality. My chain has been used for thousands of miles of riding and has stretched less than my 10-speed chain did in 10 months.
3.Durable: I haven't babied this chain at all. When I drop a chain I don't get off and fix it I unjam it and regear it while riding. I thought it should of snapped a couple time by never did.
4: Finish: I don't take care of my hardtail. I rarely lube the chain, let grim and mud build up and then power wash it off. For the first time in years I did a full drivetrain clean up and the sucker looks new. No rust just nice nickel plate.

4 5

Good chain, no complaints.

I bought this chain (along with a SRAM PG-907 cassette and XT shifters) to convert my lady's old 8-speed steel-frame hardtail to a 9-speed, and the whole system worked very well together.

What chain does Shimano makes that compares...

What chain does Shimano makes that compares to the KMC Z51 chain?

Best Answer

The KMC Z51 chain is a very cheap chain (MSRP 10$) so any of the shimano chains would be a nice upgrade for you.

will this chain work on a 8 speed

will this chain work on a 8 speed

i dont see why not. you will just have to use a chain tool to shorten the chain to fit your bike

Best Answer

Specifically, I believe the main difference between 8/9/10 speed chains is their width, which must be compatible with the spacing of your rear cassette. (If it's not, the shifting will be "terrible" to "completely unusable.")

I bought this chain (along with a SRAM PG-907 cassette and XT shifters) to convert my lady's old 8-speed steel-frame hardtail to a 9-speed, and the whole system worked very well together.

5 5


I always use shimano chains,the only time I used a different brand I broke the chain.
I have been using shimano chains since 1986!

4 5

Easy to assemble

Just make sure you get the length right before you link this up. Likely that it will be too long for your bike, initially. Easy to remove links with a chain tool before you put it together

will this also work as a 9 speed road bike...

will this also work as a 9 speed road bike chain? Is there a difference?

Best Answer

Yep, this will work just fine on a road bike 9-speed cassette. Honestly though, SRAM's chains rock. Backcountry only carries the 10-speed chains, but if you go to your local bike shop they should be able to set you up.Why SRAM chains you ask? One word: PowerLink.

Yes the same chain is sold for XT and Ultegra 9spd Drivetrains

PowerLinks work perfect on Shimano Chains. Just make sure you install the correct width PL (9 or 10 speed as appropriate).

At 700 miles on my XT chain, I had moved all my components to another frame. After breaking the XT link and reinstalling the chain on my new frame, I made the chain whole again with a PowerLink. I have put on another 600 miles since and the shifting is still Shimano Perfect!

Ride On!