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Campy C10 HD-L chain(9 posts)

Campy C10 HD-L chainHiggins
Oct 1, 2003 6:25 AM
I have a new Campagnolo chain to fit to my bike. Do I need to use the special Campy tool (CT-UN200), or can I just use a standard chain tool? I've been told different things by different bike shops and don't really know what to do next! The instructions obviously say it can only be done with their own tool. It is however very expensive.

re: Campy C10 HD-L chainlyleseven
Oct 1, 2003 6:38 AM
Some people have been able to use the standard tool without crimping the chain. Be very careful if you don't have the Campy tool. Put a Wippeerman Connex connector in for the future and you don't need any tool.
re: Campy C10 HD-L chainJuanmoretime
Oct 1, 2003 7:15 AM
2,500 just using my Park CT-1 chain tool and my Campy 10 speed chain is still going strong. Use the tool and take your time and make sure the pin is fully seated.
re: Campy C10 HD-L chaindivve
Oct 1, 2003 9:25 AM
I have the Campy tool and it's indeed very nicely made and more convenient to use. It holds both chain ends securely in place and aligned, while you drive the replacement pin through. For the remainder it does nothing special however.
the trick to success...C-40
Oct 1, 2003 3:57 PM
when installing the HD-L link with an ordinary chain tool is to eliminate the tension on the chain while installing the pin. Do this by drapping the chain over the BB shell, rather than the little chainring. Also be careful to stop pushing on the pin as soon the head is fully seated. I had no problem installing the pin with my park tool.
How much was your bike?the bull
Oct 1, 2003 7:01 PM
What's the problem with spending a little more for the proper tools to work on it.
I guess if your only going to do it every once and a while you can HACK it but if it were me I would kick out the money and get the right tools for the job.

Peace of mind
How much was your bike?Higgins
Oct 1, 2003 11:15 PM
I understand what you're saying. I'm going to take my bike to the shop where they have the Campagnolo tool for the job. For a very small charge they'll fit the new chain for me. I'll probably get the tool by mail order for future jobs.
A real hack job...C-40
Oct 2, 2003 1:01 AM
is joining the chain without the HD-L pin or a Wipperman Connex link. Some shops do it all the time and put their customers at additional risk of injury. The HD-L pin is real easy to install with a park chain tool, but the Campy tool if foolproof (and their are a lot of fools assembling bikes).
my recent switch to Connex linkDaveG
Oct 3, 2003 2:52 PM
After soliciting similar advice on this board I was finally convinced to go with the Wipperman Connex link (with a Campy chain). Thus far its worked great. A Connex link costs $5. A Campy tool $80-$100. I figured after I went through the equivalent cost of the tool in Connex links my 10 speed would be obsolete (or Campy would have a new tool/link/chain)