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Old 11-05-06, 04:59 PM   #1
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brutal cassette removal

I grabbed an old wheel with a shimano cassette hub and 7spd cassette. I want to switch out the hub but I don't have a tool to take the cassette off with, which I need to do in order to de-lace the spokes. Is there some sketchy method of removing a cassette similar to the destructive freewheel removal method, or anything at all I can do without getting a tool? I'm trying to keep my total project cost at $0.
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Old 11-05-06, 05:04 PM   #2
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You'll need the tool. Perhaps you can borrow one. They really aren't that expensive. More than $0, but not bad. You'll need it in the future, tool. Free wheels wear out.
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I grabbed an old wheel with a shimano cassette hub and 7spd cassette. I want to switch out the hub but I don't have a tool to take the cassette off with, which I need to do in order to de-lace the spokes. Is there some sketchy method of removing a cassette similar to the destructive freewheel removal method, or anything at all I can do without getting a tool? I'm trying to keep my total project cost at $0.
If you have some aluminum or mild steel stock like 1/8" thick and a used bike chain and a hacksaw and a drill I believe you could make the 2 chain whips that you'll need for a uniglide cassette removal. If its hyperglide, you'll still need one chainwhip which you could make. You'll have to buy the lockring tool but I think you can get one for less than $10.
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take it to a shop and they'll probably take it off for you for around $5. Its better than destroying the cassette or hub.
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Old 11-05-06, 07:49 PM   #5
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Wait a minute. You're planning to switch out a hub, which involves relaceing the wheel, but you don't want to spend $5.00 for a cassette remover tool? Good luck on your project. You're going to need it.
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You can make one chain whip with a length of chain and a pair of locking pilers. Doesn't take rocket scientist or an operator to figure out a second length of chain and a second pair of locking pilers to remove a Uniglide cassette.

Many an LBS mechanic will remove a Hyperglide cassette for $5 or a cold longneck.
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Old 11-06-06, 08:31 AM   #7
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Wait a minute. You're planning to switch out a hub, which involves relaceing the wheel, but you don't want to spend $5.00 for a cassette remover tool? Good luck on your project. You're going to need it.
As in, building wheels requires money??? I've been doing it wrong all this time then.
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If you have a source of free parts, why not let us know?
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Every biker has a magic box with "old parts" written on it, no? Anyway, not wanting to spend more than is absolutely necessary is a valid position. If the OP won't use cassette wheels in the future (a stretch), he won't need a cassette tool.

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