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For those who have invested in a Campy 11 group and do their own maintenance--is it really necessary to buy that, while very nice, crazy expensive Campy chain tool?
 

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For those who have invested in a Campy 11 group and do their own maintenance--is it really necessary to buy that, while very nice, crazy expensive Campy chain tool?
Yes. It presses the pin into the chain and then you flip it around to flare the other end of the pin. Other people might be able to make another tool work, but given the price of 11 speed chains and the tight tolerances, go with the campy tool.
 

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The tool can be had for $130-140 from sources in the UK, like Ribble.

As already noted, it is necessary to flare the right end of the new Campy joining pin, using the new Campy tool. The only other alternative is to use one of the three best fitting 5.9mm master links to join the chain. These link include the SRAM 10 powerloc, Forster Superlink model 4 or the special KMC link made for Campy 10 chains.

I've got one 11 speed chain joined with a Wipperman 10S1 link, but it's no longer made. Current Wipperman links have too much side clearance. I've read that Forster should have an 11 speed master link out soon. KMC will soon have an 11 speed chain with a master link, so there may also be separate master links also.
 
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