CleverStandard has expanded their bicycle tool lineup beyond the quick-link-opening tire levers with the new Chain Barrel, which breaks a link on anything from 6-speed to 12-speed chains. The part is small, easily nestling in a corner of your saddle bag, jersey pocket or hydration pack. And it comes in colors and is probably the easiest to use chain breaker you’ve ever seen…

Clever Standard Chain Barrel chain break tool for 6 7 8 9 10 11 and 12 speed chains

Colors include red, gold, green, blue and purple, or stick with classic black. The design locks the chain into position inside the barrel, then a safety cap threads into place to keep everything held tight. Compare this to traditional chain breakers that simply capture the links on small teeth and allow the chain to come off as you torque the tool. And it combines with their tire lever to give you more leverage:

This makes it easier to use, even for small hands, kids, etc.

Clever Standard Chain Barrel chain break tool for 6 7 8 9 10 11 and 12 speed chains

Not included, it’s shown here with a prototype bar end plug that’ll allow it to mount like this:

They’re still working on that part, but the Chain Barrel is available now. It’s 43mm long with an 18mm diameter, and claimed weight is 46 grams.

Clever Standard Chain Barrel chain break tool for 6 7 8 9 10 11 and 12 speed chains

The chain pin is guaranteed for life, and it comes with two CleverStandard tire levers, the Chain Barrel and express shipping to the U.S. for $48. Normal retail should be around $20 for just the Chain Barrel once a U.S. distributor is locked down.

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JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

I’d have to try it. I wouldn’t like not seeing the driver center into the chain link pin, but the better chain location may make this moot

Richard
Richard
4 years ago

It seems to break a chain very, very well. But am I right in thinking it can’t join it back whether again without using a quick link of some kind?

Administrador Gral.
4 years ago
Reply to  Richard

Quicklink is recommended as it is more “foolproof” and you make sure the connection is tight and flush, no stiff links etc.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  Richard

I’m thinking the same. Since it’s targeted as an emergency tool, most people will be carrying a quick link for reconnecting.

BillB
BillB
4 years ago

Definitely innovative tools. $40 for the chain break is steep. The website is a bit too bare-bones to gain my trust.

monster crosser
4 years ago
Reply to  BillB

As Cyclocross Magazine first reported about the Chain Barrel and company, they’ve been at shows like Sea Otter, and KMC is already rebranding the original Clever Tool, to the company appears to be trustworthy enough for them.

Rustilicus
Rustilicus
4 years ago

how did we ever do business before websites?

Motarded450
Motarded450
4 years ago

can I get a tire plug kit integrated into one of these?

TFR
TFR
4 years ago

wow…$48…and a sketchy website too….

cdoett
4 years ago

can you also close the chain with the tool? That would be more interesting!

Casper
Casper
4 years ago

Having to use two tools to operate this one tool seems a bit pointless to me.
It looks like the opposite of a multitool, which is a lot of toolsin one package. This is a tool that is basically useless without other tools.
The idea is simple and probably great, but it’s function leaves me wondering.

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

I have one, came with a couple of the CLEVER tyre levers/15mm wrench helper things and I’ve used it twice. Always carry a quicklink anyway, couple of quid off amazon bought 20 of the things.
In all honesty, I do recommend it, and when the bar end plug thing comes out you wont even know you have it, until it one day saves your cleats an hours worth of walking.