Expand your road bike’s gearing with RoadLink

New Lindarets and Wolf Tooth collab facilitates wide-range cassettes

Lindarets and Wolf Tooth have announced the RoadLink, a little adaptor that sits between a Shimano road rear derailleur and the existing derailleur hanger that allows the use of wide-range cassettes. The concept isn’t totally new, with the two brands introducing the GoatLink to mountain bikers earlier this year.

Designed for 10 and 11-speed Shimano road drivetrain users, the RoadLink is pitched as a solution to Shimano road drivetrain users seeking a single-ring drivetrain or a wider gear spread on a double-ring setup.

The RoadLink is optimized for use with 11-36 and 11-40t cassettes. Cassettes with a 42t largest cog are not recommended.

The brands warn that a secondary form of chain retention such as a chain guide may be needed for off-road use, because of the lack of clutch mechanisms on Shimano road derailleurs.

While the RoadLink is said to be compatible for double-ring use, you’ll need to ensure you have a mid or long-cage rear derailleur. Triple chainring setups, direct-mount hangers, and SRAM and Campagnolo drivetrains are not compatible with the Shimano-only RoadLink.

The roasdlink is cnc machined in the us and includes stainless hardware : the roasdlink is cnc machined in the us and includes stainless hardware
The roasdlink is cnc machined in the us and includes stainless hardware : the roasdlink is cnc machined in the us and includes stainless hardware

It's one of those 'why didn't I think of that' parts...

Weighing a claimed 17g, the US-made RoadLink is CNC machined from 6061 alloy and comes with stainless steel hardware. Installation is said to be pretty simple, with just a 5mm hex key and a dab of grease needed for the link itself.

Selling for $22 (UK and Aus pricing not available at this time), RoadLink will be available for sale from August 15 from either Lindarets or Wolf Tooth Components.

David Rome

Former Editor, Australia
Dave was the editor of BikeRadar Australia until early 2016.
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