Commuting - Novara Fusion Rear Wheel Removal
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I recently got a new 2009 Novara Fusion, the REI store had it in back and forgot it was there until the last sale last month. It was a deal I couldn't refuse. But just before or right after I got it I was doing some research and found that rear wheel removal was not a trivial task. I read some where that practicing removing the wheel was a good idea before needing to do a repair on the road. I thought I saw a reference to a video with instructions, but for the life of me I can't find it now. Does anyone know if there is such a video or am I imagining that I saw that??? A written set of instructions would be helpful if no video is available. The Novara user manual says rear wheel removal should only be done by a trained technician. That doesn't sound like an ideal situation for a commuter bike, luckily I am only commuting 6 miles round trip. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
05-17-12, 11:26 AM
I looked at the specs for the Novara Fusion and it says "Shimano Alfine 8 speed internally geared / Shimano disc brakes" so yes, a bit more fiddley than a normal set up but not all that bad.
I have a Shimano Nexus hub on my commuter (also 8-spd.) and if it's similar, the first step would be to remove the shift cable. Step two would be loosen axle nuts (mine are 15mm, but check first!).
Step 3 would be remove chain from rear cog, then for Step 4 you should be able to pop the wheel out.
When replacing the wheel, be very careful to align the brake disc between the disc brake pads, while at the same time (pretty much) placing the chain back on the rear cog and aligning the rear axle in the dropouts.
Make sure the wheel is straight between the chain-stays and seat-stays and that you have adequate (but not over-tight) chain tension before re-tightening the axle nuts. Finally, replace the gear cable in it's little nook. On my Nexus there is a lever point whereby you can relieve the tension on the shift cable, which makes it easy to remove or re-install the shift cable nut/bolt . . . hopefully the Alfine has something similar.
So, overall, a bit fiddley in that you really have to watch several different bits when re-installing, but quite do-able and not all that time consuming.
Rick / OCRR
Thanks Rick, I hope to get chance to try it out next weekend.
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