Rating:
4.5 star rating

Park CT-3 Chain Tool Review

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The Park CT-3 chain breaker is a tool used to remove and install chains by forcing a pin out of a link (or by pushing it back in.) This is the full-size model made for daily use in bike shops or the home mechanic who requires the best equipment.

Pros: The best thing about the CT-3 is the large handle, which offers greater comfort and leverage compared to smaller models. So it’s easy to use, but also super strong and durable. I used mine for years and it never complained. (That’s no surprise, though, because Park Tool is known for their quality.)

If the tool’s pin ever wears out, you can just buy a new one. That will be $1 or so, instead of buying a whole new tool.

Cons: You can’t carry it with you that easily for trail side repairs. If space in your seat bag is tight or you want to save weight, you’ll want a smaller chain tool.

The Final Word

This is the best chain tool I’ve ever used, and I highly recommend it. It will last for years, even when used daily.


Rating:
3 star rating

Park CT-5 Mini Brute Chain Tool Review

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The Park CT-5 chain breaker is a tool used to remove and install chains by forcing a pin out of a link (or by pushing it back in.)

This is the smaller model made for light use by the home mechanic or for carrying in your seat bag or hydration pack.

Pros: It’s very easy to carry around due to its small size and light weight. Also, it’s made by Park, who make the best bike tools out there.

(The threads actually stripped on my CT-5, so I sent it in to Park and they quickly replaced it free of charge. Park certainly gets a 5 star rating!)

Cons: It’s not that durable or easy to use. It is hard to get much leverage with it, so it’s not useful for stronger chains, and you sure don’t went to struggle with it more than once in a blue moon.

It probably won’t stand up to daily use (mine didn’t stand up to weekly use for very long.) But the worst part is that it will kill your hands if you use it daily – that little metal handle will just dig right in!

The Final Word

You can’t go wrong with Park tools, but I’d only recommend this tool as something for your hydration pack for trailside use. If you’ll be using it at home, stick with the full-size CT-3, which only costs a few dollars more.