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Which Chain Pliers to buy?

edited June 2017 in MTB buying advice
To make life easier I really need a pair of chain pliers to release the power link, connecting link. Which set do you use and which to stay away from. Cheers Dave.

Park Tool


  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    I'd take the cheap ones. The other two can be used to close the link as well, but I've found pulling the chain works just as well.
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  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,296
    I've had the Park Tool set for ~9 months, work a treat, unable to compare to any other set of chain pliers as somehow I've never owned a pair before to do my own chain swaps!
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  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,450
    Since someone pointed me towards the hammer / chain ring trick I've not had a problem with difficult to remove quick links etc. And a stone from the side of the road works just as well when out and about.

    (The knack I was taught was getting the link onto the chainring, pointing upwards and then a gentle tap with a hammer on the top / just one half gets the links to slide past each other - works every time for me).
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  • I've got the cheapie jobsworth ones. They are fine, do exactly what you'd expect and nothing else.
    Cheers. Might investigate that hammer technic
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