I have three bikes and am regularly removing cassettes for hub maintenance or change out. Been using the old reliable chain whip for years and it was always a guess as which way the whip went, what finger I was going to cut when the whip didn't catch right, and how long it was going to take. These pliers turned cassette removal into an easy 10 second job. A little pricey, but if you work on bikes, it's worth it!
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.
Works as described. I take a lot of care to be gripping the same cog with each side of the pliers on my 12 speed XDR which has very small spacing. Preferred to a chain whip. Tool finish is not quite to Park Tool quality but for use once a month or so I think it's going to last forever for me.
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.
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 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 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!
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.
Of all the options available, I chose these cassette pliers. This tool makes the job easy for trainer cassette swap outs to replacing new cassettes. Why did I wait this long to get them?
Wow. This tool is easy to handle and makes cassette changes easy. Just place, squeeze and and no more worries about slippage of the chain whip and cuts on your knuckle.
Makes cassette change very easy. One hand operation. Made well. I like it better than using a chain whip or chain wrench.
This makes cleaning my drivetrain so much easier. Make sure to get the correct socket for your wheel( shimano, campi, calliper, disk).
Only used once so far this season but sooo much better than a chain whipï¿½donï¿½t even bother with that unless you like slicing your knuckles when it slips. Just buy this!