I have been running a 10 speed chain on an XX1 ring for almost 7 months without an issue - with a 10 speed power link.
That is good to know, thanks. The motivation for KMC X-10sl is partially a small weight saving (minor) but mainly because a KMC can be had for £20 (ebay far East) where the XX1 seems to be £35-40. The chain seems to be lasting well though so I wouldn't foresee too many new chain hopefully.
It's never been an issue on rings - you can run a 5 speed chain on an XX1 chainset without issue, where you have problems is in the cassette, although it seems in this instance even that's fine.
So what is different about the 11 speed chain?
I think the main point when discussed on MTBR is that SRAM reckon their XX1 chain meshes best with their XX1 rings from a retention point of view. Aside from that I don't think there is any difference between XX1 11 speed chain and any 10 speed. A lack of some profiling on the links was mentioned which would make the XX1 chain pretty poor with a front mech but that is all I could find...
Companies producing N/W rings seem to recommend a 10 speed chain even in an otherwise 9 speed drivetrain so there seems to be something important 10/ 11 vs 9 speed chain-wise. Not sure what though, tolerances to mesh well with N/W rings rather than actual spacings perhaps???
im sticking with the xx1 chain for now
I bought an XX1 chain too but just got curious after pressing "buy"
Surely for XX1 which SRAM advertise about how you can use different sized front rings depending on where you're riding, the quick links should easily part - as per 9spd?
From what I can tell SRAM 9 speed "powerlink" and 10/ 11 speed SRAM "powerlock" are in fact different. I agree it seems daft to have a permanent link which is what prompted the thread ressurection
From the CRC description:
IMPORTANT: 10sp & 11sp Links are POWERLOCK, they fit together but then are not designed to come apart again.