Shimano has FINALLY made a quick-link for its chain

11-speed link joins chains like it ain't no thang

After years insisting on the use of joining pins for its chains rather than more convenient missing links, Shimano has finally relented and made a quick-link of its own.

Codenamed the SM-CN900-11, the new link functions exactly like those sold by KMC, SRAM and others – two halves snap together, and splitting the link is best done with a dedicated pair of missing link pliers.

The Shimano quick-link is sold in sets of two
The Shimano quick-link is sold in sets of two

The new quick-link bears the 'product of Japan' legend of Shimano's higher end groupsets. It is compatible with all Shimano 11-speed chains, and officially, it is not reusable.

If you're already carrying around a multitool that includes a chain-splitter then sticking a spare quick-link in your saddle bag is a bit of a no brainer. It means that a broken chain doesn't have to put a stop to your riding. 

A pair of Shimano quick-links, (i.e. two whole links, or four halves) retails at £11.99, and is available to buy immediately. Pricing in other territories is to be confirmed. 

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
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