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    Just purchased a set of Mavic Ksyrium ES wheels

    to replace my Mavic Equipe wheels. I'd like to remove the Ultegra cassette and putt it on the ES wheels myself but I'm not sure what tools I'll need or what the process is. Will someone point me in the right direction or tell me how to do it myself.

    Just another question while I'm asking, do most cyclists own cable pullers? The cables on my new bike have begun to stretch and I was wondering what most folks use to adjust the slack.

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    You need a cassette tool and a chainwhip.

    Cable pullers are OK, but you can do without. Barrel adjusters will take up the slack just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_bRAD View Post
    You need a cassette tool and a chainwhip.

    Cable pullers are OK, but you can do without. Barrel adjusters will take up the slack just fine.
    Thanks Brad, I wonder if it's worth it for me to buy these tools or just have my LBS change the cassette for me. I'm guessing I probably won't get much use from them in the future.

    thanks for the help

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    For a one-time shot, it's probably not worth it. It should take your LBS mechanic only a few minutes to complete the job even if he works slowly. However, the tools are pretty cheap. I just checked Nashbar and you can get the two tools shipped for probably under $20. Maybe you could watch while the job is done and then decide whether you want to spring for tools for when you want to change ratios, upgrade to Dura Ace, replace worn-out cassettes, etc.

    -soma5

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    hmmm,

    How is Ksyrium pronounced?

    Serium, Or Ka-serium?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekbikedude View Post
    How is Ksyrium pronounced?

    Serium, Or Ka-serium?
    Chumley.

    (actually, I don't know...)

    -soma5

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    knot...not or KA-NOT?

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    I liked having cable pullers when I worked in a shop, but never bought a set for myself because they just aren't needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soma5 View Post
    For a one-time shot, it's probably not worth it. It should take your LBS mechanic only a few minutes to complete the job even if he works slowly. However, the tools are pretty cheap. I just checked Nashbar and you can get the two tools shipped for probably under $20. Maybe you could watch while the job is done and then decide whether you want to spring for tools for when you want to change ratios, upgrade to Dura Ace, replace worn-out cassettes, etc.

    -soma5
    This is one of the places where you can get away with cheap tools, and having these will make your life easier more often than you will believe.

    Nothing beats being able to pull off a cassette to change out a cog, replace a spoke (ok, maybe not on an ES) or simply doing a drive train cleaning.

    The Nashbar (or Performance) tools will do just fine.
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    If you are going to do this yourself: remove the quick release skewer, insert the cassette tool into the lockring, then reinstall the skewer without the spring on the cassette side. It'll hold the tool in place while you wrench it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
    knot...not or KA-NOT?
    Good explanation. Now how are Tange and Dedacciai pronounced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
    knot...not or KA-NOT?
    Ummm, I'm no linguist but there's a difference between the letter 'n' and the letter 's'. Just because that's how letters are pronounced in one word, doesn't create a general pronunciation rule.

    How do you say nick-knacks?

    Anyway, I've always heard it as 'syrium'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnIceBiker View Post
    If you are going to do this yourself: remove the quick release skewer, insert the cassette tool into the lockring, then reinstall the skewer without the spring on the cassette side. It'll hold the tool in place while you wrench it.
    Not necessary. The tools have plenty of engagement surface and there's not much torque involved.

    We're not talking freewheels here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmalmquist View Post
    Good explanation. Now how are Tange and Dedacciai pronounced?
    I say Columbus and TTT.

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