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Old 01-13-10, 09:05 PM   #1
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Shimano chain removal help

I'm trying to remove the chain from my Rockhopper mountain bike. I'm using a Specialized EMT Comp multi tool and can't get the pins in my chain to budge. I've tried pushing the pin from the inside / out and outside/in and haven't had any luck yet.

Any hints that could get me started, I'm guessing it's something simple as I'm new to this.

It looks like the chain is a Shimano IG Narrow.
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Old 01-13-10, 09:18 PM   #2
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It can take a little oomph to get the pin to start moving. That tool may not give you enough leverage. Some of the reviews suggest that it might even break before budging the pin. You might need a better chain tool.
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It can take a little oomph to get the pin to start moving. That tool may not give you enough leverage. Some of the reviews suggest that it might even break before budging the pin. You might need a better chain tool.
i broke a park chain tool trying to get a lower end shimano chain apart. i dont want to blame it on the chain yet as the park probably broke 500+ chains
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OK, I got it finally. Must have not had it quite lined up the 1st couple times. It took a little OOMPH to get it out and needed to hook up another hex wrench to get enough leverage.
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OK, I got it finally. Must have not had it quite lined up the 1st couple times. It took a little OOMPH to get it out and needed to hook up another hex wrench to get enough leverage.
The multitool versions of a chain tool are optimized for compactness, not ease of use. If you're going do be doing much home wrenching, i'd suggest investing in a good chain tool.
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One of the best chain tools I have ever had was on a multi tool, but in the end it was not that reliable - one of the chain-retention teeth broke off after years of service.

However, the tool was never as nice to use as my Park tool shop one.

tot he OP: You must always be very careful to align the pin in the tool witht he pin in the chain or you will almost certainly damage the tool - and some are repairable and some are not.
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