The KMC X11 chain series is getting a few tweaks to optimize it for 1×11 drivetrains. The upgrades come in the way of additional chamfering and shaping, much like SRAM has done with their Eagle chains, to improve durability and smoothness across the ever expanding range of gears on the back of the bike.Going from one end of the cassette to the other puts a real strain on the links, particularly the inner links, as they come onto the chainring and off of the cogs at an extreme angle. Here’s how KMC is making that process a little smoother… Chamfering one one side of the outside of the outer chain plates helps with shifting (A), but it’s not on the opposite side, which helps the chain get picked up to shift.To reduce friction at cross chaining, they added a small notch (B) to clear teeth and used more drastic and extended chamfering on the inner face (C, below) that wraps farther around the ends of each plate.The “X” in the name comes from the X-shaped recess (D) on the inside and outside faces of the outer chain plates, and those X bridge shapes get more pronounced. As shaped as everything is, the chain is non-directional, making installation much simpler.The design will work just as well as their regular chains on a 2x system, but it should work better on a 1x system. As such, it’ll replace all if their chains for the North American market, offering different levels of chain to more or less mimic the current collection’s tiers. So, you’ll have the X11SL (hollow pins, cut out plates), X11EL (cut out plates) and X11 (solid pins and plates). They’ll also have a 1×10 optimized versions (X10…), something they say will help all the riders that are modifying their current setups to be wide-range 1×10.When they hit production, retail packaging won’t have the “-1” on them, it’ll just be the X11SL, etc, but distributor and sales literature may note them as X11SL-1, etc., since the old version may remain in the line for some markets. Expect to see DLC coated versions, too.Available mid summer. Also check out their new Klick Link quick connector introduced at Taipei Show earlier this year.KMCchain.com
NAIROBI, (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s greatest marathon man, reckoned his first reaction was shock when he heard at home in Kenya that the 2020 Olympic Games had been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. That shock soon gave way to disappointment — but then defiance.“We will win this fight against the COVID-19,” the barrier-breaking Kenyan, who’s widely considered the world’s finest runner, said in an interview with Reuters.And the man who last year became the first to run a marathon in under two hours confirmed he can see himself refreshed and ready to defend his marathon title in a rearranged Tokyo Olympics next year. For the moment, though, the 35-year-old insists his only concern is to care for his family at their home in Eldoret.“I am totally concentrating on my safety, I am totally concentrating on the safety of the whole family,” he said.“The virus has really hit us in a hard way. That’s why you need to focus.” Kipchoge explained he had been relaxing at home when he heard of the Tokyo postponement.“I was a little shocked and I had to go back, just to think more. I think and then I said, ‘it’s not a bad idea to actually postpone’.“You know the Olympic Games is whereby everybody wants to participate … it’s in the dreams of every sportsman in this world..” Kipchoge thinks a delayed Olympics could actually benefit his title defence.“It’s a great time for us to go back, train again and we will come back with a lot of energy,” he said.The pandemic has led to the postponement or cancellation of sporting events around the world, including the London Marathon, which next month was scheduled to be Kipchoge’s first outing since October’s landmark one hour, 59 minutes, 40 seconds run in Vienna. Even though the run in Austria did not count as a world record because of the special conditions, the feat captured the world’s imagination and brought Kipchoge a whole new level of fame.London had promised the mouth-watering prospect of a head-to-head with Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the only other sub-2.02 marathoner, but Kipchoge said he was yet to think too far ahead about competing in the rescheduled race on Oct. 4.RUNNING ALONEKenya has confirmed 42 coronavirus cases, including one fatality, with the country having imposed restrictive measures to arrest the spread of the disease. It even affects their brilliant runners. So Kipchoge misses the camaraderie of running with his team mates, hanging out with them afterwards and telling stories.“It’s hard to run alone. When you have people around, the pace is okay, you just talk when you are running. You enjoy the run,” said Kipchoge, who hopes to resume serious training by May.Asked whether the Olympics could be his last race, Kipchoge said it was too early to say. “I am seeing myself still running again in 2021,” he said. “Let the year ahead (come) first, we will make a big decision after the year ended.”In the meantime, Kipchoge has enjoyed spending time with his wife Grace and their three children, reading, visiting his farm and respecting government instructions about staying home as much as possible.“Have some steps to run on, just let us keep fit. Read some newspapers, be with the family, watch good movies together,” is his message to other athletes. “Together within a couple of months to come, this COVID-19 will go away.“My priority number one is to get the virus away, come back with one mind, one thinking, one line of actually standing and competing.”Sports News March 30, 2020 / 6:08 AM / Updated 4 hours agoWe will win fight against coronavirus, says marathon great KipchogeOmar Mohammed 4 Min ReadNAIROBI (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s greatest marathon man, reckoned his first reaction was shock when he heard at home in Kenya that the 2020 Olympic Games had been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.That shock soon gave way to disappointment — but then defiance.“We will win this fight against the COVID-19,” the barrier-breaking Kenyan, who’s widely considered the world’s finest runner, said in an interview with Reuters.And the man who last year became the first to run a marathon in under two hours confirmed he can see himself refreshed and ready to defend his marathon title in a rearranged Tokyo Olympics next year.For the moment, though, the 35-year-old insists his only concern is to care for his family at their home in Eldoret.“I am totally concentrating on my safety, I am totally concentrating on the safety of the whole family,” he said.