The Vise Whip is a clever take on locking pliers. The tool is designed to locate onto the teeth of a cassette. Pedro’s specially designed the Vise Whip to save bloody knuckles that can result from a slipping chain whip.
When I first saw this tool, it had me scratching my head a little as to the need for its existence – having had less than few issues using a regular chain whip over the years. It seemed as if it was solving a non-existent problem.
I was soon proven very wrong, however. My colleague had been complaining for weeks about his seized cassette, saying he’d tried all sorts of ways to get it loose to no avail. This was the perfect time to give the Vise Whip a proper testing. Low and behold, I managed to free the seemingly immovable lock ring. The beauty of the Vise Whip is the way it locks on and then allows the user to concentrate on the proper location of the lock ring tool. It really does make things a whole lot less awkward.
The Vise Whip is compatible with 1-12-speed drivetrains, with a capacity to take up to a 23t cog. It’s construction, much like the multi tools, is reassuringly solid (using tool steel), so again this should be a one-and-done kind of purchase. You would hope so though, after looking at the price tag. At $65, the Vise Whip is a large chunk of money for such a specialist tool. However, for someone who regularly pops their cassette on and off, the Vise Whip could save a lot of pain and cursing. It’s particularly suited to a bike shop, where suddenly I would consider it foolish to continue to use a regular chain whip knowing that such an elegant solution exists.