Is a Dura Ace chain better than Ultegra?

Greater use of the Sil-Tec coating does make the Dura-Ace chain more durable, because it covers the high-load contact surfaces, where it does not on the Ultegra chain. Link shaping is identical so there’s no diference in shift performance. The weight difference from the hollow pins is negligible.

What is a bike chain whip used for?

A chain whip is a simple tool that’s used solely to hold a cassette in place to stop it from freewheeling while snapping the lockring loose. Nonetheless, it unsurprisingly sees plenty of use in the workshop. A chain whip is, traditionally, simply a bar with a couple lengths of chain attached to it.

Why do you need a chain whip?

The chain whip is used in conjunction with a cassette removing tool to remove the lockring of a cassette from the freehub body. It is also used to remove a track cog from a hub.

How long do Dura-Ace chains last?

Is about 2500-3000km normal life for a DA chain? Using an 11-23 block (Im a flat land prairie chicken) Noticed last few rides doesn’t want to drop from the 18 to 17 cog which are common gears I ride… also hangs on 12-11 down shift… measured chain lastnite and its a good 1/8 stretch…

Can you use a Dura-Ace chain on Ultegra?

Likewise, Shimano and SRAM buyers have the freedom to mix different levels of chains and cassettes so long as they are designed for the same kind of transmission. Thus, an Ultegra (6800/8000) 11-speed chain can be used with a Dura-Ace (9000/9100) 11-speed cassette.

Do I need a chain whip to remove cassette?

To remove the cassette, you must loosen the lockring. This requires a special splined tool, some of which can be specific to your brand of cassette. As the lockring unwinds in the same direction the freewheel spins, you need to use a chain whip (in this case a plier type is used) to counter the loosening motion.

What can I use instead of chain whip?

I just use a chain and a good hand grip or put on a leather work glove and hold the chain tight.