Park Tool CT-5 Chain Tools

4.67/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $17.49


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Product Description

The Park Tool CT-5 Chain Tool is Park's budget chain tool. You'll be able to tackle all necessary work on pretty much any chain under the sun with the CT-5.


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cdub4

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2013

Strengths:    Well made, all steel frame and screw make it stable and heavy feeling. Worked like a charm on breaking my chain.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't fold up well, although its not too big to begin with.

Bottom Line:   
Overall it's a nice little tool to throw in my gear bag. It's solid and feels like it won't break. It has replaceable pins you can buy separately if you bend yours. Made in USA out of good quality materials!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cormac a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2012

Strengths:    Easy to use

Weaknesses:    the tines, for lack of a better word, break easily

Bottom Line:   
Broke one of the tines ( the forked pieces that hold the chain) first time using it. Operator error no doubt, but then again it did break very easily. Other than that, it's a fine tool. Easily fits in a pack to carry with you when your riding. It provides enough strength to cut most chains. Also has a side to help straighten any slightly bent links due to reconnecting the links.

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Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Albright's

Bike Setup:   2011 Cannondale SL4 29er

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by sooner4x4 a Weekend Warrior from Edmond, OK

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2011

Strengths:    Good design, made in USA

Weaknesses:    Out of the package, when turning the handle, the pin binds up, it was not machined correctly, takes a lot of force to turn without a chain in the tool.

Bottom Line:   
Called Park Tool, and they seemed concerned about the quality problem. Planning on returning it to the store. Not sure if I should get another one from Park Tool, or try a different brand. I hate putting anything in my toolbox that says made in China.

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Favorite Trail:   any road

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   The Bike store

Similar Products Used:   my first chain tool

Bike Setup:   Paramount Series 90 set up for commuting

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tom12 a Cross Country Rider from Traverse City

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2010

Strengths:    -High quality construction
-Well finished
-Light weight


Weaknesses:    -not as much leverage on handle as "shop type" tools.

Bottom Line:   
This is a well made, very rugged and simple chain tool that you can take on the trail. The weight is pared down considerably from shop size tools, but the tool works just as well. The only thing you give up is a little leverage on the handles - maybe a consideration for people with weak hands. I prefer this single-purpose tool to one built into a complicated folding tool kit. With this and the Park MT-1 tool, I can handle just about any adjustment on the trail

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Cyclo Rivoli (classic), LIFO

Bike Setup:   26er and 29er hardtails

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ironstalin a Downhiller from Richmond, BC Canada

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2010

Strengths:    Feels like it's farily well made for the price. Easy to use

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Used it once and did not even brake anything

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Jubilee Cycle

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance X3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by G a Cross Country Rider from USA

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2007

Strengths:    Small enough to pack on the trail
Tough enough for shop use
Quality control from choosing the right metals to having tight tolerances
Works flawlessly on any chain I've used it on
Doesn't pop the pin completely out
Replacement pins are available in the rare case that you break or bend one


Weaknesses:    Price? - it is a little more expensive than some chain tools but it is the only one you will ever need for the rest of your life and works really well; to me its worth the extra $5 over a cheapo tool that doesn't work.

Bottom Line:   
This chain tool is really nice. It has two shelves for the links, is small enough to pack but big enough for easy use, it works like a charm on any chain thrown at it including rusted ones, and has a lifetime guarantee. I work on my bike and on about 10 other guys bikes that I ride with plus have loaned this tool out to lots of folks at the local trail head and back at college. It is a little more expensive than the cheapest chain tools you can find but works a lot better and will last a lifetime so in the long run just not having to replace it will save you all of that extra money anyway. If you need a chain tool, I can't see how anyone could go wrong with this one.

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Favorite Trail:   camp robinson (CARP)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   a cheapo Bell one from Wal-Mart and bolt cutters (chain needed broke really bad)

Bike Setup:   doesn't matter

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Massillon, OH, USA

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2006

Strengths:    Excellent strength for its size. Long handle provides plenty of torque to get the job done. Park's lifetime warranty in the unlikely event that the tool breaks.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the CT-5 today & was ready to climax when it did the job so easily compared to my previous chain tool. It may have cost $10 more than the old chain tool I tried to use to replace my chain, but it was worth every penny! I couldn't get any leverage w/ my old tool & ended up breaking my old chain by cutting through a set of outer plates w/ a hacksaw. My old tool also failed to help me take links off my new chain but instead snapped into 3 pieces. The CT-5 made short work of that task. My experience w/ the CT-5 is a prime example of how easy bike maintenance can be when you have the proper tools. Get this tool, & you won't be disappointed.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $14.00

Purchased At:   Ernie's Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   An el cheapo pot metal Bell chain tool that broke into 3 pieces the 1st time I used it.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Niagara Falls

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2005

Strengths:    Compact, prevents complete extraction of the pin, has stiff link cradle, plenty of leverage to opperate, durable.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This tool works flawlessly. It is a must have. Chains will break, and it is often a long walk home without one. This tool has saved me on the trail, and i will always cary it with me. I use it at home too if i need to size a new chain. Recomend it 100%

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $13.00

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   2002 Rainier with Sram PC-59

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed from Texas

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2004

Strengths:    If you don't know what you are doing, this tool keeps you from messing things up.

Weaknesses:    It is a good idea to make sure the pin is lined up on chain before turning the screw.

Bottom Line:   
If you have problems with hand strength this tool will not work for you. With decent hand strength you can work this tool after an accident that limits the use of all fingers save thumb and index. The park tool web site is excellent!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Genital Apparatus a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2004

Strengths:    Beautiful tool to use, especially at such a cheap price. It is small, easy to carry, and comfortable even under high torque. It felt so stiff, like it would never break.

Weaknesses:    It got stolen, along with loads of my other stuff.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great chain tool, and I'm getting another one because I was perfectly satisfied with the one I had until it got stolen. Great tool from a respectable company. Thank you, Park Tool, for a job well done.

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Favorite Trail:   Natural Trials

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   Random cheap chain tools.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hardrock Pro.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RParial a Weekend Warrior from Norwalk, CA

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2003

Strengths:    Small size. Two places to set the chain. It works!

Weaknesses:    Are you kidding? None.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is this thing does what it's supposed to do. Small enough to keep in my seatbag on rides and tough enough to handle bike projects at home. The top and bottom notches let you work with the chain quickly and easily, from removing links to setting them back in place. Seems Park thought of everything when they made this tool.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   PerformanceBike

Similar Products Used:   POS Chain tool that came with my Lifu Toolkit

Bike Setup:   40 year old touring bike chains, Shimano HG, KMC, All bike chains I've thrown at it.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rod Angler a Weekend Warrior from Houston

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2003

Strengths:    (+) Well designed.
(+) Strong.
(+) Good materials and workmanship.
(+) Light enough to carry on the trail, strong enough and useable enough for a shop tool.


Weaknesses:    (Nitpick follows): Handle is a bit short but still adequate for generating enough leverage given it's designed primarily to be a trail (and not shop) tool.

Bottom Line:   
Light enough to use as a trail tool for your bike bag or Camelback. Strong enough to use as a "shop" tool. I carry this rather than trying to rely on a multitool with a chain tool... it's worth the small amount of weight.

WELL DESIGNED... you can place the chain in two different places on the tool. Neither ejects the pin, but in one position you CAN eject the pin if you try, which is good design.

STRONG... made of appropriate materials for a tool (there are plenty of cheap bike tools that aren't!). Good casting, good steel in the threaded driver portion.

Another fine tool by Park... designed by bikers, for bikers, and made with appropriate level of quality. Kudos.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   A piece of $hi+ multitool which snapped 2nd time I used it (Ritchey) because it was cast out of cheap pot metal, and apparently not steel.

Bike Setup:   Yep, it's setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich Lowery a Weekend Warrior from LaVista, NE, USA

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2003

Strengths:    It works. Small enough to carry, just in case. Replacement push pins available.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the best tools ever made.
I put a replacement chain pin into a tiny plastic bag and electrical taped it to the handle of my chain tool. This allows permanent on-the-trail chain repairs of Shimano chains.

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Favorite Trail:   Platte River Backside

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Several others, I recommend this one.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale play bike, Trek race bike. No stock parts left.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell Seaton a Weekend Warrior from Kansas City

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2000

Strengths:    It works perfectly.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
It works. Compact so it can be carried on the bike. I have one in my Park on bike tool kit and I bought another one previously. The Park tool kit was something like $15. Considering the chain tool alone is $12, I bought the kit. The seemingly short handle is all you need. Unless you are a professional bike mechanic it is a waste of money to buy the $23 big Park chain tool. This little one easily breaks 9 speed chains. It only turns so far so you cannot eject a chain pin. Nice not worrying about going too far. Although maybe there are situations where you want to eject the pin. Can't think of any but maybe. Carry one on your bike just in case someone breaks a chain or more likely, gets the chain jammed between the inner ring and chainstay. Taking the chain apart may be the only way to get the chain out.

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Favorite Trail:   paved roads

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Old $4 Rivolvi chain breaker.

Bike Setup:   Campagnolo 9 speed chains, Shimano HG 7 and 9 speed chains.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by lcunnion a Weekend Warrior from usa

Date Reviewed: December 12, 1999

Strengths:    
*small
*sturdy
*works great
*strong pin
*replaceable pin


Weaknesses:    
none that i'm aware of yet...


Bottom Line:   
hey! i'm surprised this thing hasn't been reviewed yet! it's an awesome tool and i KNOW a good number of you out there are using them...
anyways, the ct-5 works great. i've used it well over 10-15 times in the six months i've owned it to break my chains and to break friends' chains. originally, i had bought it as a home-shop tool so i could clean off my chain every month or so. since then, i've moved to sachs powerchain, so this is basically only carried with me for emergency use. other then the every 2000 miles that it takes to need a new chain - this thing isn't going to see as much use as when i first got it (that is providing i don't have a chain break on me every ride - but that's okay, with this thing i feel confident). good little worker.
oh and, it nicely stops you from fully ejecting the pin in case you need to re-set the old pin.
and make sure that you are square on the pin! you could spend a couple grueling minutes wondering why the hell the thing isn't working...

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Bike Setup:   
I was using a shimano HG chain when i bought this thing. Now I use a sachs pc41 and pc51.

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