Rohloff SLT 99 Chain

4.38/5 (34 Reviews)


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SLT 99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Azman~ A Cross country rider~ Malaysia

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2013

Strengths:    Too strenghts at the higher level chain!

Weaknesses:    Nothing at all! Superb!

Bottom Line:   
My top no.1# chain ever used for more 5years! U can't beat the strenght off this Rohfloff on any matter terrain during the ride! The pity is this chain is no more available made by Rohfloff. I'm trying to source it for my 3rd chain on my 2nd hartd tail bike if is still available in market. Try it and feel it!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BikeManiac a Racer from Copenhagen, Denmark

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2011

Strengths:    Best chain ever!!!

Weaknesses:    None, ...... really ..... none!!

Bottom Line:   
This is the best chain ever. 2007 I did the perimeter of Australia on a trike. The entire distance was approx. 15000 km, or 9300 miles in 72 days. The bike was fitted with a Rohloff chain. After 15000 km I used the Rphloff tool to measure the wear. It had not reached the 0,075 mm/100mm yet!!! I suppose this chain could last for another 10000 kms.

Also, I managed to have this chain tested (microstructure, hardness etc) at the technical university and compare it with chains from SRAM, Shimano and KMC. Compared with other brands the Rohloff chain had a better = more fine grained micro structure, higher hardnesses etc.

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Favorite Trail:   Continental Divide Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Online shop in Germa

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, KMC, SRAM

Bike Setup:   On all different kind of bikes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2010

Strengths:    Strong shifts well just doesn't seem to wear...

Weaknesses:    I haven't found any.

Bottom Line:   
I reviewed this chain Nov.3/06 hoping it would last.
Well it's over 4 years and hardly worn. Mind you it's on
one of my hard tails that I don't ride every day but still
it's pretty amazing. Maintenance is the key to keeping
it running...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Sram, Sachs, Wipperman, Shimano etc.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Blizzard RaceFace, Chris king, XT/XTR etc.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by filfilfil a Weekend Warrior from Adelaide, South Australia

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2010

Strengths:    Bought one on the strength of reviews here. Lasted for 2000kms of light xc on a new build. Started getting crappy shifts and trying adjustments and a different rear wheel with another cluster I finally measured the chain to find a surprising amount of stretch (well der...2000kms!) Obviously another was purchased despite the price but got only 1/4 the life with similar stretch despite new cluster and front chain rings...Has something changed in the product lately?

Weaknesses:    Expensive....when the product isnt lasting well. Inconsistant performance between purchases and 2nd one lasted about 700kms! This wasnt abuse...it was stretched...and Im not a demanding power rider!
Hard to find...1 OZ distributor?


Bottom Line:   
Initially loved it and was a Rohloff convert as the life made the price good value. The replacement chain was hugely disappointing and made the price a hard pill to swallow! I will try other brands again to see what the market is like knowing I can purchase 2 others for the price of 1 of these. May return to the fold and see if things change...had me...lost me!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Online from OZ dist

Similar Products Used:   SRAM, Shimano

Bike Setup:   Merida Magnesium custom hardtail

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by PaulM a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2009

Strengths:    Longish lasting, but nothing special, doesn't brake - but no chain should...

Weaknesses:    Over priced, all hype, flawed design

Bottom Line:   
Nothing special, most of this product is hype, I actually think SRAM chains give a much faster and cleaner shift.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   SRAM, Shimano, KMC

Bike Setup:   Lynskey Ti

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Canadan a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2009

Strengths:    Does nor break even though I rode MTB Tracks with 30 kg panniers

Weaknesses:    For this price I could buy three to five LX/SLX Shimano chains and this one does not last longer than one of them. Absolutely overpriced

Bottom Line:   
To expensive for an average chain, I'll go back o shimanos cheap japanese toys

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Rotorua New Zealand

Similar Products Used:   HG53, HG73

Bike Setup:   custom build no name Hardtail with complete XT group, Louise and Reba Team

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Colorado Springs, CO USSA

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2009

Strengths:    Superior design, materials and manufacturing. Superior performance, smoothness (keep any chain clean and lubed!!!)

Weaknesses:    None whatsoever.

Bottom Line:   
While several chains exist and aregood to very good, with a special shout out to Wipperman - phenominal product, where either a 7, 8, or 9 cog rear is at hand, Rohloff's chain is in a league of its own. Thank you Rohloff!!!
Always install properly to absolute precision with the right tool and always keep your chain (drivetrain) clean and properly lubricated (Dumonde Tech!). So many do not. What a crime.

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Favorite Trail:   Solely road, never off road

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   USA Distibution

Similar Products Used:   Over decades have used every chain of note - chiefly Italian and French mfgr.

Bike Setup:   Classic road racing bike(s), always built from the standpoint of durability, reliability, smoothness, superior quality; in other words...., traditional frame, wheels and Campagnolo only. I have no time for "weight weenies", "trendoids", "poseurs" ad nauseum.......

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alec Gold a Cross Country Rider from None

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2008

Strengths:    It is a nice and much smoother chain than the Shimano that was on before. And it stands of rust well and despite being used in rain, riding 4" of standing water, over salt sprayed roads, all the bad thinks a chain can expect in the first 1500km

Weaknesses:    well, it isn't cheap, but also not very expensive if compared to top-of-the-line products from other companies

Bottom Line:   
This chain is strong and very light rolling. A bit expensive, but not very.

I would like to comment to the previous reviewer that if you can't rivet a chain, you shouldn't build a bike

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   shimano Sachs

Bike Setup:   recumbent bike with rohloff speedhub

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Giles Jones a Downhiller from Cannock, Staffs, UK

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2007

Strengths:    Looks strong

Weaknesses:    Joining link stiff

Bottom Line:   
Not impressed, put chain on a bike I've been building and couldn't figure out why the gears were making so much noise. Turns out the link where I joined the chain is stiff. I used a Park Chain tool and so it's not bad tools.

Needless to say I'm going for something else like SRAM.

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Favorite Trail:   Cannock Chase

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Wiggle

Similar Products Used:   Shimano


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by E JRRN from London, UK

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2007

Strengths:    Great chain, heavy duty. I race my MTB 30m daily, any weather. Have now had 2 years out of this chain, and acording to the chain gauge it is only halfway worn. Am just about to replace Shimano rings and cassette next week as worn out. Worth every penny.

Weaknesses:    Have had quite a bit of chainsuck but must admit I don't lube as often as I probably should.

Bottom Line:   
Worth every penny.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $56.00

Purchased At:   Elan Ligfietsen, NL

Similar Products Used:   Shimano HG&IG, SRAM991

Bike Setup:   Porsche frame loaded w King moving parts, XTR, X-0, Fox RLC.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Arnout M a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2007

Strengths:    No initial stretch, wears verry slowly

Weaknesses:    Poor shifting, reacts slow and unprecise!
Tried with XT and stronglight CT2 chainrings but never sattisfied (XT downswing), same with XT and 2003 XTR cassette


Bottom Line:   
Verry disapointed after all the positive news, chain life is verry good, but the shifts poorly

Is 50% more expensive than XTR or PC991

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   Internetshop

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR, PC991, PC 991 hollow pin, KMC X9, ...


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andreas Klauser a Cross Country Rider from Feldafing

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2007

Strengths:    Endures, looks nice

Weaknesses:    Chain suck

Bottom Line:   
Unexplained many events of chain suck of late with the STL 99/8. Changed everything, only the (new Rohloff) chain remained as culprit. With SRAM PC68 zero problems. Don't know what to make of it. Hitherto I've been an unmitigated Rohloff fan.

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Favorite Trail:   yes

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   hibike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano IG90; SRAM PC68

Bike Setup:   Trek 9900 OCLV; Hot Cili Zymotic, Trek 8900

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2006

Strengths:    Shifts great. Very durable.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This is a really great chain. I have used it for a year and it still works great and has never failed.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   cambria.com

Similar Products Used:   Shimano 7701, SRAM PC-99

Bike Setup:   Titus Motolite, XTR, SRAM X.0, Chis King Hubs/ZTR 355s, etc..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Weekend Warrior from North Van

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2006

Strengths:    Strong, shifts well, looks good.

Weaknesses:    None I've found so far.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this 8 speed version of the SLT-99 when my LBS found this chain in a plastic bag while cleaning up the warehouse.
As the bag didn't contain the connector pin I got the chain for $20.00.
I used a Wipperman 8 speed Connex (which I use on all my chains) and it works great. This chain shifts great and I'm hoping it lives up to the reputation Rohloff has garnered as they're no longer availible in North America.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Sachs, SRAM, IRD, etc.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Tazmon/XTR/XT/RaceFace/Chris King/etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris S a Cross Country Rider from Irvine, CA

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2006

Strengths:    Beautiful craftsmanship, shifts smooth, quiet, has not broke yet.

Weaknesses:    Hard to finf at LBS, a bit heavier than the Shimano and Srams I've used.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this chain after reading all the great reviews here, and doing a little more research on the web.I have been using the XTR CN-7701 for the last three years, but do not like the special pin you are suppose to use.The XTR has been been a really smooth chain on the XT cassette's and the SLT 99 is no different except I don't need to hassle the special pins anymore.Have not brobe the SLT yet and hope I never will.As an ex-machinist I disagree with the quality and look comment of the previous review, this chain is the best looking chain I've ever used and screams quality the second you take it out of the box.Makes me wonder if somehow He was sold a used chain by mistake.Bottom line is this chain so far is worth the extra weight penalty over the Shimano and Sram chains I've used, and I am VERY pleased with the performance and looks.

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Favorite Trail:   All local Orage County

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Cambriabike.com

Similar Products Used:   Shimano CN-7701, SRAM PC99

Bike Setup:   O3 Access XCL, 07 Manitou R7 Super with clickIT remote,XTR 952 rear, XT front, XTR STM-952 Brake/Shifter(tuned), FSA Team Carbon Cranks, King headset, FSA OS-115 Stem, FSA K-Force Carbon flatbar, FSA Carbon seatpost, WTB Shadow-V stealth saddle, Ergon grips, Mavic X517, XT cassette w/ Maxxis tires

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