There's nothing more important than a properly functioning chain. The drivetrain is the engine of the bike, so a good chain means you'll go farther, faster, and longer. The wide range of options can be daunting, so we put together a list of our current favorite chains.
Standard chains are the tried and true baseline in your search. Standard chains are lighter and sleeker than their half-link counterparts. But not all standard chains are made equally. Here's our favorites:
Animal Mike Hoder 710 Chain
The Animal Bikes Hoder 710 chain is Mike Hoder's signature model made by KMC using the proven KMC 710 chain as the basis. The Hoder 710 features both heat-treated and riveted pins to maximize strength, tall inner plates to increase tensile strength and stamped Animal logos on the side plates. Pre-installed half link helps fine tune the rear end length.
Fly Bikes Tractor Chain
With extra thick 1.3mm link plates, hardened rollers, premium hollow chromoly pins with an extra strong chromium heat treatment and the convenience of a built in half-link, the bulletproof Tractor chain is about as trustworthy and reliable as its gets.
Half-Link chains are comprised of smaller, directional links. They are built for riders who go big and know their chain is going to take some abuse. They're beefier than standard chains, which means they're a bit heavier, and but far stronger.
Shadow Consipracy Interlock V2 Half-Link Chain
The ultimate chain from Shadow Conspiracy, the Interlock Half-Link Chain is built for durability. Tried and true, this chain is tough as nails at an affordable price point.
Shadow Supreme Half-Link Chain
The best of the best of the best. Shadow's Supreme Half-Link chain is unrivaled in durability and strength. A limited lifetime warranty makes this chain a no-brainer.
You're going to need a way to pop that old chain off, and slap on the new one. We only carry products we stand by, and these two tools from Shadow and Park Tool are fantastic options.
Shadow Interlock Pro Grade Chain Breaker
Designed to work exclusively with the Shadow Interlock Chain. Guide pin feature keeps the links in line while installing. Replaceable pin.
Park Tool CT 3.3 Chain Breaker
Industrial Grade Chain Breaker with replaceable pin. Works on most chains. Quality you expect from Park Tool.