If you're trying to decide between a chain whip and these pliers, stop now and just get these. They're easier to use and less likely to slip and give you torn knuckles. If you already have a chain whip you'll need to decide if it's worth springing for another tool. It certainly is if you have multiple wheel sets and swap cassettes frequently. If you only pull cassettes when they're worn and need replacement -- well, get this anyhow. It's that good.
Another great designed and quality bicycle tool from Feedback sports. I used chain whips for years and they work well but a little more cumbersome than the Feedback Sports Cassette Pliers. After using this tool, I would never want to use a chain whip tool again. This is a great quality tool.
This tool makes wrenching on my bikes so much easier. Yeah, a chain whip works OK, but this tool saves time and energy and simplifies the removal of the cassette from my rear wheel. Thanks for inventing this great tool! Get one and you will be happier in life.
I was able to remove a 18T cog and a 22T cog with these. I bought them because I imagined they would be easier and more secure to use than a chain whip which I had never tried before. They were easy to use but they don't open very wide and it was a struggle to get them to clamp onto the 22T, so I can't really imagine them working well on a 24T or 26T. The product description advertises that they work up to 26 T, which seems to be a bit of a stretch to me.
I hated chain whips for cassette removal with all that extra chain hanging and the rest of chain that was actually used got oily and dirty from the cassette....which was why the cassette needed removal in the first place. Now I have two dirty things. What a mess. These cassette pliers make that a thing of the past. Cassette removal is now a snap. Grab a cog with the pliers and with your cassette lock ring tool your adjustable wrench and twist; it's off. Wipe the pliers with a rag and put them away. Done. My only complaint is that I waited so long to get them.
I replaced my cassette for the first time with these and they worked fine. Obviously I don't have anything to compare them against. It was a bit fussy to figure how to spread the jaws apart, but probably less fussy than a chain whip. Those things look even fussier...
Value? Who knows?? Tools are pretty much always cheaper than paying someone else to do it.
This is one of the better single purpose tools I've added to the basic tool kit that I bought a decade or more ago. I always found the chain whip awkward to use. Maybe if I used it more than a couple of times a year I'd be better at it. Regardless, this pliers is incredibly easy to use and you don't have a greasy length of chain flapping around. Highly recommended!
I am not a great mechanic, and in the past have at times struggled with cassette removal using standard chain whips. I purchase the Feedback Cassette Pliers to replace a Performance Spin Doctor chain whip that snapped while I attempted to change a stubborn cassette.
I've only used the Feedback Pliers twice, but it is noticeably more user-friendly and secure than the standard chain whips I have used in the past. Provides a really strong, secure grip. Highly recommended.
This tool replaces a conventional chain whip. Chain whips aren't hard to use, but these pliers are easier. Where they really shine is when you need 2 chain whips for freewheel disassembly or Suntour cassette removal . Build quality is excellent. My only complaint is that, while you can lock the handles together for easy storage, when applied to a cog, the handles can't be locked in place.