KMC is company name that has become synonymous with extremely high-quality aftermarket bicycle chains. With the introduction of their line of 12-speed chains, KMC now offers excellent chain options for this emerging market.
The X12 Silver 12-speed chain exhibits KMC's ability to design a value conscious component that retains many of the technological advances of their top-tier chains. Each outer plate features KMC’s X-Bridge technology, a special plate design that aids in smooth, fast, and precise shifting. Both inner and outer plates feature chamfered edges which improve both shift performance and chain articulation. Beyond performance features, KMC’s mushroomed riveting technology increases pin strength resulting in a stronger chain. The X12 Silver also features a nickel plated finish which boosts both wear and corrosion resistance. With an actual weight of a very respectable 271 grams (Uncut/126 links and Missinglink connector), the value priced X12 Silver's weight is on par with many other manufacturers higher end 12-speed chains. An impressive balance of performance, weight, strength, and value, undoubtedly places the KMC X12 Silver as one of the top aftermarket chain options for SRAM and Campagnolo 12-speed drivetrains.
The KMC X12 Silver is silver in color, includes a missinglink connector, and is compatible with SRAM and Campagnolo 12-speed drivetrains.
X12 Ti-N Gold
With the Ti-N Gold version of their X12 chain line, KMC retains the performance technologies and low weight of the X12 Silver. The main difference between the two chains is the coating; this chain forgoes the nickel plated coating of the silver version for a more advanced gold titanium nitride coating. Titanium nitride is an extremely hard ceramic material that is applied as a thin coating that both hardens and protects the sliding surfaces of the chain. While this bumps the pricing up from the X12 silver, the extra cost is justified as the advanced coating process further improves both performance and durability.
The KMC X12 Ti-N Gold is gold in color, includes a missinglink connector, and is compatible with SRAM and Campagnolo 12-speed drivetrains.
These chains feature a super hard and highly wear resistant diamond like coating.
|Weight||~ 270 grams (uncut/including missing link)|
|Coating (X12 Silver)||Nickel Plate|
|Coating (X12 Ti-N Gold)||Titanium Nitride|
|Coating (X12 Ti-N Gold / Jet Black)||Titanium Nitride / Jet Black|
|Coating (X12 DLC Black)||Diamond Like Coating Black|
|Coating (X12 DLC Red)||Diamond Like Coating Black / Red|
|Dimensions||1/2” x 11/128”|
|Compatibility||SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo 12 speed|