Connex has a new chain design called Diamond Shape, which radically chamfers the outer and inner links and their interface with the rollers.
They’re compatible with SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo because they basically blend the chamfers and shapes used on those brands’ chains. All of them. And then they add a little more just to be safe. The result is a more angular leading and trailing edge at all points on the chain, helping it scoot from one cog to the next.
Detail photos and diagrams below that better compare the old with the new…
The first batch is 11-speed only. It’s not a new model, just a new shape, so product names will carry over. It’ll be available in two versions:
11S0 is a made of regular steel all the way through – pins, rollers and plates. These will retail for €39.99 (~$49)
11SX has stainless steel plates with nickel plating and ceramic coating to make them slicker and more durable. €59.99 (~$75).
The 11-speeds are in production now and will be available in November. At that time, they’ll switch over tooling for the 10 and 9 speed chains to the new design, too. Those should be available at end of year or just into 2015.
Tried as I might with closeup photos, their diagrams show the detail much better.
New version on the left.