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bike gently so that
the master link is
on the top portion
of the chain. Then,
hold the rear
wheel in place
and push down
on the crank. This
on the chain to
click the master
link into place. If
you’ve done this
correctly, you will
hear it snap in.
Then, shift to the largest cog and chainring combo to make sure
the chain is not too short. When sized correctly, the derailleur
pulleys will have a little extra wiggle room, like shown here.
Removing a chain that uses a master link is also easy, even if you
don’t have a special pair of master-link pliers. We use a pair of
needle-nose pliers to push the links opposite one another.
Simply squeeze them in opposing directions and they will click
Since this is a full-suspension bike, we like to go a step further
and check that the chain will be properly sized even at full
compression. To check this, let the air out of the shock and run
the bike through its full travel. If a chain is too short, the derailleur
will become taut before the shock bottoms. This could cause
irreversible damage to the drivetrain components.