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Can I use a 10-spd chain tool with 11-spd chain?

Old 05-01-18, 04:28 PM
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Can I use a 10-spd chain tool with 11-spd chain?

I've got a Park CT-3 chain tool, which they state is for use with chains up through 10 speed. I'd like to install a new 11-speed chain, probably SRAM or KMC, either comes with a quick connect link. So, I would only need to use my chain tool to break the chain and size it - NOT to drive the Shimano pin back in to connect the chain. Do I really need to buy a new 11-speed chain tool for this?

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No, you don't need to buy a new tool.

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Depends. The CT-3 has a fixed shelf that may prevent your chain from seating properly. Give it a try and if your chain seats properly all is good. Even if it is a bit snug, I would go for it anyway as all you are doing is removing a few links. If it really is a tight fit, pay your shop to remove the links or find someone local who can let you use a CT-3.2.
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It'll work fine. Inside width is the same between chains, it's just the outside width that's different.
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Yes, I've done it with no problems at all. I now have a 12 speed bike in the stable but have not needed use it on that yet. They have a 3.2 that says includes 12 speed. FWIW, I've also used my little CT-5 on 11 spd. when it said only thru 10 spd with no problems and I just saw that Park's site now says it's for up to 12 spd even though exactly the same as my CT-5. Therefore I'm guessing that the older CT 3 is also ok for 12 spd even though it's replaced with the 3.2.
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