SimonCelsa wrote:On a similar vein, I was helping a pal yesterday fitting up his new titanium framed Vaaru mountain bike, and having hell of a job getting the shimano 11 speed chain master link to 'pull tight'. Do you need a special tool for this link. He wouldn't let me stamp on the pedals to stretch it and he has a wide/narrow chainring so trying to belt it down on a tooth didn't work either.
Glad I'm still on 8 speed!!
Despite a tool being useful, there really is no need for one to install an 11sp master link. They're tight because they are designed to be single use, but a slightly more careful variation of your 'stamp on the pedals' method is all that's needed, and shouldn't be unacceptable to anyone.
Lean the bike or have someone hold it upright. Quick link on top chain run as usual. Pinch the sides of the link together with one hand so that neither sideplate displaces during installation while you lean on the ds pedal with your other hand. Much the same as the foot on the pedal but a bit less gung ho.