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    will a different cassette fit?

    My rear hub broke the other day. The cassette spins but does not turn the wheel. I was wondering if I replace the wheel, could there be a problem putting the old cassette on the new hub? Have the standards chanded recently?
    It is a very cheap, very old bike and so I do not want to need to upgrade a whole lot of stuff as it would be cheaper to go for a whole new bike.
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    It likely has a freewheel, its a pain in the behind to change those. If you have a 9 speed hub though then your all set, get the correct lockring remover and go.

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    As the other poster mentioned, if this is a cheap old bike, it almost surely has a freewheel. The good news is that once you replace the freewheel mechanism, it'll be back in the pre-broken condition.

    Breaking the old freewheel loose requires a special tool and can be an adventure. My advice is to take it to an LBS and let them handle the replacement. The cost should be in the $25.00 to $35.00 range for both parts and labor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    It likely has a freewheel, its a pain in the behind to change those. If you have a 9 speed hub though then your all set, get the correct lockring remover and go.
    Freewheels are removed with a feewheel removal tool. any LBS can do it for a few bucks. Replacement is easy. Seven, 8 or 9 speed HG casettes ae easy to acquire and replace. If it's a 6,7 or 8 speed uniglide casette, replacements can be more difficult to find.I'd suggest he take it to LBS.

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