Chainlift offers an extra helping hand (and keeps hands clean) for home & pro mechanics alike. When it’s time to work on or clean your bike, or any other time you need to pop the rear wheel out, this will make life easier. The small US-made gadget folds your derailleur body back and lifts the chain away from the cassette, removing chain tension from the rear wheel so it’s easier to remove or reinstall the wheel.

Chainlift’s “extra hand” bike chain management tool

Developed by a product design & engineering company in South Florida, Chainlift is a special application bicycle tool created to take the mess & hassle out of dealing with your chain. Pulling the rear derailleur and chain away from the cassette, Chainlift removes chain tension from the rear wheel, simplifying thru-axle use and easing removal & reinstallation of the rear wheel. It also has the added benefit of keeping chain grease off your hands.

How does it work?

Chainlift extra hand bike chain management tool gizmo, chain management gadget bicycle maintenance tool
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Three simple steps lift your chain away from the wheel, once you set it up for your derailleur by installing the correct mounting pin. Assorted pins are included for wide derailleur model compatibility.

Chainlift extra hand bike chain management tool gizmo, chain management gadget bicycle maintenance tool

First, slide the centering pin into the mounting bolt of the rear derailleur. Next, rotate the entire Chainlift clockwise to push the derailleur body back, and fold the front arm up to lock the rubber stop against the chainstay. Finally, loop/rotate the hook under the chain, then when you rotate the top half of the Chainlift back counterclockwise, it lifts the chain completely away from the cassette. Ta daaaa.

The entire process works best when you start with the chain shifted into the smallest chainring up front and to the middle of the cassette (unlike shifting to the smallest/hardest cog in the back, as we normally do to ease wheel removal.)

But why?

Surely, you don’t really need the Chainlift. We’ve all been taking wheels out for a long time, right?

But for anyone who takes their rear wheel out regularly – whether to swap race & training wheels, to mount the bike to an indoor trainer, or just to transport it in the trunk of your car – Chainlift will make life easier once you get the hang of it. And greasy fingers should be a thing of the past.

But wait, there’s more…

An additional bonus, disengaging the cassette allows you to spin the rear wheel silently, making alignment of a noisy rear brake rotor a simple task. Another is that with the wheel out, but the chain still taut and the derailleur extended, it’ll be a lot easier to get in and clean some of those often neglected nooks & crannies inside the rear triangle… and to clean those grimy pulley wheels!

Chainlift pricing & availability

Chainlift extra hand bike chain management tool gizmo, chain management gadget bicycle maintenance tool

Chainlift is available now direct-to-consumer for $79, with free US shipping. That price includes the engineered plastic Chainlift tool itself, with the six different stainless steel insert pins (stored inside the gray cap) to make it work with most modern Shimano & SRAM rear derailleurs. Campagnolo derailleurs are not compatible, but Chainlift says they are working on an all-new Campy version too.

Chainlift extra hand bike chain management tool gizmo, chain management gadget bicycle maintenance tool

The Made in the USA Chainlift is built tough to last, and comes with a lifetime warranty against failure in normal operation. What do you think? Would you use this?


  1. “engineered plastic” for $79? SRAM should be subsidizing this and molding them out of old broken gripshifters. I like the concept but for a shop tool would need more durability at this cost.

  2. Saw this at CABDA! Once I starting thinking about it. There are many applications such as cleaning the chain and cassette separately without taking off the wheel. Clean engagement on mega range drivetrains. Also for people who only have good use of one arm or hand, makes changing wheels a one handed operations. Great Design!

  3. As a person with multiple wheelsets/bike that frequently swaps depending on riding conditions, this was supposed to be extremely handy. I picked one up excitedly, only to discover that it is primarily designed to work well with 2X setups, and since all of my bikes are 1X, it has proven to not function optimally. It gets the chain clear enough of the cassette for the most part to ease installation and removal of the rear wheel, but it does not keep it completely clear of the cassette, so it is not as good at facilitating things like cleaning the cassette without removing the wheel as it would otherwise on bikes with narrower-range cassettes. Wide-range cassettes don’t work too well with this otherwise excellent tool, unfortunately.


    • Interesting. What exactly doesn’t clear?
      I would have expected it would engage the cassette that tends to be consistent, like a 15 or 17t cog. Clearance should be the same since cog diameter is the same where it pulls the chain back

      • It’s supposed to completely lift the chain away from the cassette so that the chain no longer contacts the cassette at all. On 11-46 and larger cassettes, the chain still sits on one of the sprockets near the middle. The tool isn’t adjustable laterally, otherwise if it could be adjusted towards the outside, the chain would have no problem clearing the smaller sprockets. This isn’t a problem on smaller range cassettes because the sprockets near the middle would be, as you said, quite small, but on 10-50 cassettes and the like, those middle sprockets are already in the mid- to high-20T.


    • Hi Ed. We designed Chainlift with adjustability to fit a wide variety of bikes. Chainlift has different settings in both the derailleur support arm and the chain pick-up arm. I use this on my 1×12 Eagle drivetrain all the time with no issues. I will email you pics and videos showing the best position for the support arm and the chain pick-up arm which completely clears the 10-150 cassette .


  4. As a bicycle industry guy since 1977 someone finally made a tool you don’t need but I have always wanted. What a great way to keep the chain off of the chainstay. IT MAKES SENSE! Now let’s get that price down a bit.

  5. Imagine if this was incorporated into the frame, like a pin for the chain to hang on…
    Seriously though, I would get one of these, if only for the quiet ratchet while adjusting brakes.

  6. I own one and have had amazing results with it. Once I read directions, found correct size pin I was off to the races. It’s actually has a very high level of build quality. I think the price is spot on. Please, we pay how much for a wheel set? Lol
    Great mech!

  7. It’s elegant, it just works and you wonder why you haven’t already had it for years. Chainlift…where have you been all my life?

    • Number of speeds doesn’t matter, just the size of the sprockets in the middle of the cassette. Can be an aftermarket 11-52 or 11-46 cassette and have the same problem as a 10-50.


    • We have submitted our reply to Ed.

      Chainlift works well with SRAM’s Eagle 1×12 10-50. We designed Chainlift with adjustability to fit a wide variety of bike frames and drivetrains. Chainlift has multiple positions in its derailleur support arm and its chain pick-up arm. Some bikes require you to set these in a position to better fit the bike.

      In this link you’ll see pictures and video of Chainlift on an Eagle 1×12 with a 10-50 cassette (the largest currently on the market).

      You can see the settings of both arms.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.


  8. My sentiments exactly. I love mine too. Makes going in and off the Kickr a breeze and while it’s not perfect with my Sram Force AXS setup, it’s made switching between gravel and road wheels amazing. As for the price, agree it’s right on. Made in USA, amazing support (these guys sent me a pre-prod pin to better fit Force AXS). I use it all the time.

  9. I have an 11 speed with disc brakes. All the videos say to put the chain on the smaller ring of the front derailleur, but because of the space occupied by the disc brake housing and the chain lift I can’t maneuver the rear tire into its space with chain lift in place. The chain must be in the larger chain ring in front to get the wheel in place. If you don’t have disc brakes you probably have a lot more room to work with when using it. It works, but if you have disc brakes it can be a tight fit to get your wheel back on.

  10. Received my ChainLift today, it wont work on my 2021 Giant TCR running di2, the part that picks the chain up fouls the wheel spokes, the grey rubber part that is supposed to sit against the chain stay does not align up correctly so the plastic is sitting up against the chain stay. A longer pin would not resolve the issue because then the part that pushes the derailleur backwards would not align with the derailleur.

    I will report back to update on how good/bad the after sales service is.

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