Chainlift: A Solution To A Problem That Doesn't Exist?

Posted on January 5th, 2020 by Jeff Whitfield | Comments

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Chainlift Bike Tool

Noticed this in an advertisement on Facebook. I don't know about you but this looks like a case of over-engineering to me. Just seems overly complicated for what should really be a simple solution. Why would I spend $80 on this when I can spend just $15 on a Pedro's Chain Keeper

Granted, there appears to be a few cases where a tool like this might be useful. On their own website, Chainlift talks about using it for disc brake/caliper alignment. If the chain isn't engaged then aligning the back brakes is definitely easier. But, even then...does spending $80 justify this? Personally, I don't think so. (At least until someone changes my mind! Thanks Fernando!)

The main complaint I can see with this is using it while cleaning. It does not appear that you can turn the cranks while it's engaged. That really sucks. With the Pedro's Chain Keeper, I can turn the cranks while cleaning which allows me to clean my chainrings and derailleurs more effectively. Not being able to do that with the Chainlift is a big showstopper for me.

Update 1/15/20: 

Ok, I stand corrected. Fernando Tages, the founder and designer of Chainlift, posted a comment and, yes, you can turn the crank while engaged. That's super good to know. Thanks Fernando for the info!  :D

That said, does that change my opinion of Chainlift? A little, yes. 

I think Chainlift is probably a good product for someone within a certain niche. For someone that spends a lot of time removing their back wheel, doing maintenance, cleaning, indoor training, and transporting their bike, maybe the Chainlift is a good fit. 

Crap...that last sentence is me in a nutshell. I do all of that. Sigh...maybe I just need to buy a Chainlift and find out. After all, I can't make a judgement on something till I've experienced it first hand. 

Now, where the hell is my checkbook? :P

Check it out on the Chainlift website