Join Date: May 2002
Location: Trollsville, USA
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Well, boyfriend, it isn't hard to install a new cassette, but it takes some specialized tools. You'll need a chain whip, a lockring remover and a large (12 inch) adjustable wrench. There are other tool combinations that are possible, but these are the simplest. A good lockring remover will cost about $12.00 US, and a chainwhip maybe $20.00.
First you remove the old cassette by immobilizing the cassette with the chainwhip, installing the lockring remover and turning it counter clockwise with the wrench.
Once the lockring is removed, the cassette then just slips off of the freehub body.
Slip the new cassette onto the freehub body. There will be one smaller spline, so that the cassette only installs one way. Put the lockring back into place and torque it down tight (about twenty ft/lbs of torque).
You will want to install a new chain too, as worn chains on spanky new cassettes tend to skip.
I'm sure that Park Tool
will have illustrated instructions on how to do the job. But, here's the best bet: buy the new cassette at your local bike shop. The mechanic will probably install it for free. It might help if you wink at him. At least, it works for me.
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