Forum home Road cycling forum Road buying advice

11-speed chain tool

secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,904
edited November 2016 in Road buying advice
Just got my first 11 speed bike (105) - need a chain tool just in case - any recommendations? I might go 11 speed Campag on another bike, does this need a separate tool ("peening"???)

It's just a hill. Get over it.


  • grenwgrenw Posts: 799
    Have split a few 11 speed chains with my old Park Tool chain tool. All have been KMC chains but I doubt it makes a difference.
  • trailflowtrailflow Posts: 1,311
    I've succesfully split 11spd KMC chains with my Lezyne 10spd pocket tool. I also dont believe it needs to be 11spd specific to work.

    Just use a KMC chain on Campagnolo for less hassle and expense.

    If you do go with a Campag chain. You will def need a rivet peening tool. Otherwise the connecting rivet will fail if not peened.
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,726
    On the Campag and Shimano or KMC ones, just use KMC 11-speed missing link and to break the chain you can just use a 10 speed chain tool if you already have one. This is the easiest way.
  • mercia_manmercia_man Posts: 1,426
    I can recommend the Lezyne Chain Drive 11-speed chain tool. This works well at breaking an 11-speed chain and also at peening Campag joining pins. As mfin says, the easiest way is to use a KMC missing link, but having the Lezyne tool also gives you the option of using the Campag approved way of joining.

    Although I found it's possible with care to break an 11-speed chain with an old nine-speed tool, a proper 11-speed tool is much better. The pins in 11-speed chain are in very tight and the side plates are very narrow. An 11-speed tool supports the back of the plates which prevents the risk of them being distorted when you press out the pins.
  • I definitely recommend this for when you are out and about:
    Chain tool works great but then I find most Lezyne stuff is good quality.
  • dowtchadowtcha Posts: 440
    I just use a park tool brute, small enough to carry. Found it to difficult to beak chains with multi tool chain breaker but that could just be me.
Sign In or Register to comment.