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Professional piece of mind.
Chains are the lifeblood of your drivetrain. Without one, you have nothing more than a glorified hobby horse. And when they break, it's typically due to sloppy installation. When a professional mechanic installs a chain, it's with a precision unit like this Park Tool CT 4.3 Master Chain Tool for a reason.
Field service and home mechanic tools work great in a pinch, but if you want to avoid the pinch altogether, the only way to go is professional grade. Aside from the obviously ergonomic handle, the CT 4.3 works with the tight tolerances of modern, narrow chains due to its investment-cast, precisely machined body.
This ensures that the tool's pin is guided straight, and that it doesn't wander while installing the chain pin. Otherwise, wallowing of the bore, binding inside, or bending of the plates will happen. Additionally, the pin is easily replaced if it happens to bend. Another defining feature of the Master Chain Tool is an integrated link pocket for precise alignment during use.
The Park Tool Master CT-4.3 Chain Tool is compatible with Campagnolo chains, and includes an anvil to peen their 11-speed chains. It will work with all 5- through 11-speed chains from Shimano and SRAM, as well. Please note that the only chain that it's not compatible with is Wipperman.
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- Q & A
Broken Pin on Delivery!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
So, I have a broken chain and ordered from Backcounty with free 2 day shipping. Perfect for getting the bike back together for a weekend ride. The tool showed up and the pin was broken. I called customer service to ask them to send me a replacement pin and the guy siad NO. They can only send a new tool. This is ridiculous and the agent said they don't have replacement pins. That's funny, because I looked it up on the Backcountry store and they do sell the pins and they are in stock.
This is ridiculous. I now have to wait another week to get a replacement tool which is unecessary.
I'm sure the tool is high qulity, but a new item in the box should not be damaged. I would not expect Backcountry to open boxes and inspect parts, so I definitely blae Park Tool for not having better quality control over new products. Maybe it should be packaged better in the box to prvent this from happening. But, then again, the pin was installed and recessed in the tool, so it seems like the pin was faulty from manufacturering in the first place.
Backcountry failed me on this! And this review is really for their crappy service along with Park Tool poor qulity control of product.
I bought replacement pins from another seller and now I have another $15.00 invested in this tool, which makes the price point unreaonable. I spend thousands of dollars every year with Backcountry. I also own a home shop full of Park Tools. Looks like it is time to spend my money elsewhere!
Come on guys, if you own a $3-10K high-end road (or MTB) bike with an 11 speed chain, spend only ~$20-30 more than a decent/inferior chain tool and purchase Park's CT-4.3 master chain tool.
Park's CT-4.3 is designed in a different and superior way than other chain tools (even Park's 3.2). It holds the chain *inside* the block; much more secure. Thus, the chain rivet is driven-in in a more precise and accurate way. Therefore, fewer bent, stuck, or stiff links (so frustrating!).
Buy this chain tool and Park's $10 chain checker (3.2), and change your chain --easily-- and as needed. (About every 1,500-3,000 miles depending upon conditions.)
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great for any home mechanic looking to build a good tool set for working on their bikes.
Not your average tool
The large handles make this tool the one to get. The additional leverage this tool affords you makes removing and setting pins real easy.