Shimano took a wide swatch of technology from last year's update to its top end XTR line and infused it into an all new 11 speed XT group, creating a component group that closely mirrors its older brother while maintaining a more wallet friendly choice for riders on a budget. The XT M8000 1x Chainring is an integral part of facilitating the precise shifting across the new XT's expanded cassette range, even though the extra chain management features keep the chain glued in place up front while you fly up the trail. Shimano achieves this solid chain retention with its Dynamic Chain Engagement DCE design, a special tooth shape that results in a claimed 150% better chain retention than standard chainring teeth. DCE makes itself apparent with its signature squared off and slightly hooked tooth profile that grabs the chain when it needs to, and lets it slide by at the back end of the pedal stroke for smooth power over any terrain. The XT M8000 1x Chainring is available in several size options, allowing riders to maximize their cycling experience based on individual gearing needs.