Removing/Installing cassette


To get a perfectly clean cassette, there is really only one efficient way. And that is to remove it and clean each individual sprocket. You can rub a cloth between sprockets, but it dosn’t work that well in my experience. So if you’ve ever had that burning question of “How can I remove a cassette”. Hopefully we can help.

Tools needed

Tools needed

There are 3 tools you will need for this, a lockring remover tool, a chainwhip, and an adjustable spanner. All of these items are pretty cheap if you shop around, or use the links provided.

Shift into smallest sprocket

Shift into smallest sprocket

Firstly, we need to remove the wheel out of the frame, so shift down into the smallest sprocket, just to make it easier to remove the wheel/put it back in.

Undo QRs.

Undo QRs.

Once that is done, undo both the QR skewer, and the brake caliper leaver, to allow the wheel to come through the brake blocks. Remove the QR skewer from the wheel.

Put Lockring remover and chainwhip on

Put lock-ring remover and chain-whip on

Put the lock-ring remover tool into axle. Put the chain-whip around a suitable sprocket (around 22t.) facing so that if you were to push downwards, the cassette will not freewheel and move. This will be trying to turn the cassette clockwise if you were looking at it.

Hold the chain-whip still, and push the spanner anti-clockwise.

Hold the chain-whip still, and push the spanner anti-clockwise.

Put the spanner on the lock-ring, going anti-clockwise as you were looking at it. Push down on both the chain-whip, and the spanner. This should loosen the lock-ring.

Remove lockring

Remove lockring

Remove the lock-ring from the cassette. This will allow you to take off each sprocket individually apart from the block of a few gears towards the bigger sprockets.

remove all spockets. Note that there is a wide notch

Remove all sprockets. Note that there is a wide notch

Please note, that there is a wide notch on each of the sprockets. Each of these match up with a wide slot on the freehub. (12:00 position)

remove all spockets. Note that there is a wide notch

Remove all sprockets. Note that there is a wide notch

Note that the wide notch is at around the 11:00-12:00 position on this. Of course, it will move around.

Put lockring remover back on

Put lock-ring remover back on

To put the lock-ring back on, make sure that all the sprockets are on the freehub properly. Then insert it into the grooves.

tighten up

Tighten the lock-ring back up, by turning clockwise.

Tighten the lock-ring back up using the spanner, no need for a chain-whip on the step. Tighten in the clockwise rotation. Do not over tighten. Make sure that all the rings have no wobble on them, before putting your QR skewer back in, and inserting your wheel back into the frame.

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