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.
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.
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.
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!
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.