Strong and silver, with a connector link for easier on and off. A great basic chain. Too bad great basic chains cost $25, but that's life in the early part of the 21st century, and this chain is a good value. We use and offer chains from SRAM, KMC, Wippermann and don't differentiate by brand, but by 8-speed or 9-speed. Anything we sell you works fine and is what we use all the time. Think of chains as generic. The makers might not like it that way, but it's realistic. Current inventory gives you a choice of 8sp Sram and 9sp KMC, both silver, and both come with a master link.