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    Park CT-3 vs. CT-4 chain tool?

    Anybody know what the difference is? The Park web site says the CT-4 is "new" and is "specially designed to work with the tight tolerances and narrow profile of 10 speed chains and most high quality derailleur chains." Is there any issue using the CT-3 on 10-speeds? I don't see many vendors carrying the CT-4.

    I'm looking for a good all-around shop tool for chain breaking on a variety of 7- through 10-speed road and mountain bikes. I've been using a CT-5 mini-tool which has worked, but the last couple times, it felt like it was going to break before the pin would let loose on an SRAM chain and I want something more substantial for shop use.

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    I've used the CT-3 successfully to shorten Wippermann 10-speed chains so it certainly works on those and I expect it will work on Shimano and Campy chains too.

    I don't know what the differences between the CT-3 and -4 are but if I were buying new, I'd get the latest version. You might as well.

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    I use the CT-3 on just about every job, with fine results.
    I also have a CT-7, which I probably haven't used for it's intended use "1/8 to 3/16 chain only" but have used when it was the one closer to my hand.

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    Anybody own/use the CT-4? I'm not even sure it's available and it appears to be quite a bit more expensive ($50 vs. $30).

    http://www.parktool.com/products/det...=5&item=CT%2D4

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    I just looked at the Park Tool link to the CT-4. It's obviously more "elegant" than the CT-3 having a padded handle, etc. but, ironically, it is specifically stated as NOT compatible with Wippermann chains! I guess I'll continue to use my CT-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    ...but, ironically, it is specifically stated as NOT compatible with Wippermann chains!
    I'm not up on the nuances of different brand chains.... what's different about a Wippermann chain from a Shimano or SRAM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markjenn View Post
    Anybody own/use the CT-4? I'm not even sure it's available and it appears to be quite a bit more expensive ($50 vs. $30).

    http://www.parktool.com/products/det...=5&item=CT%2D4

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    to fancy for me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by markjenn View Post
    Anybody own/use the CT-4? I'm not even sure it's available and it appears to be quite a bit more expensive ($50 vs. $30).

    http://www.parktool.com/products/det...=5&item=CT%2D4

    - Mark

    Where did you get a price for the CT-4? Who's selling it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
    Where did you get a price for the CT-4? Who's selling it?
    A couple vendors list it, but not many. For example,

    http://smartbikeparts.com/search_det...b1602beed14cc6

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    Tonight I found a local shop willing to order the CT-4 for $67!!! I ordered a CT-3 from LIckton for aroudn $27! Plus a superlink and a Chorus 10 speed ultranarrow for $85 total.

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