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Old 11-01-13, 04:18 PM
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How do I remove a cassette?

I have the chain whip and the park FR tool and my wrench.

I put the chain whip on and hold it clockwise. Then I inset my cassette tool into the cassette and then I put on my wrench and turn it counter clockwise. But when I do it's VERY tough to get off.

I just lack the upper body strength right? If thats the case then I'll take it to my local gym and have someone there do it
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Sounds like you have the technique correct.
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My dad couldn't even get it off! And he has old man strength so his grip and muscles are wicked strong.

It's just I bought some wheels that the bike shop I go to won't work because of liability issues and so I bought everything that I needed but now I can't transfer the cassette from my old wheel to the new one. *sigh* Maybe I should just return the wheels.
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maybe this will help . https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...ewheel-removal
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I use a 12" Crescent wrench to remove my cassette lockring. I have the chain whip and wrench at 180 degrees and push down on the wrench.
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Ah, the free hubs that you locked the tool in the vice, laid the wheel on the tool and turned the rim, you could gauge the strength of the rider by the torque required to release the free hub.

what wrench are you using, as mentioned at least a 12" crescent, not a pair of pliers
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Sure it's not a Free Wheel?
What's the Park FR NUMBER?
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1" or 25 mm wrench (for Shimano and SRAM lock ring remover). Long handle, at least 12". The longer the handle the better. 25 mm is the correct size, but 1" will work too, without danger of stripping anything. The difference between the two is minimal, like .4 mm. It takes effort. Loosening the lock ring is the toughest part of the job. The cogs only go on the hub the right way. Don't forget the spacers where needed between the cogs.
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The shop my not want to work on the new wheels, but have you asked if they will just remove the cassette from the old wheel, without involving the new wheels?

It it may cost you a few dollars, but big deal...

just a thought. And if they won't maybe there is another shop nearby that will?

post a photo of your setupif you can...
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The video guy is really cutting corners. Don't use a pipe wrench to hold the cassette cogs! And he skips over the part about getting the cassette loose.

I have the Campagnolo version of this Park Tool FR-5 The instructions tell you to hold it on the cassette with your quick release skewer. This is critical, it'll easily slip off otherwise, and mangle the tool and the lockring.

I already had an 18 inch long torque wrench, so I got an inexpensive 1 inch socket to fit onto the cassette tool.

But even with the 18 inch long leverage, I still need to brace the wheel against the base of a wall, and use a lot of force on the torque wrench handle to get the lockring to start moving. After that, it's easy. So get a long enough handle on your wrench.

Yeah, just like this:
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I use a 12" Crescent wrench to remove my cassette lockring. I have the chain whip and wrench at 180 degrees and push down on the wrench.

And reassembling and tightening the lock ring is easy, no chainwhip needed.

Here's a different video. And this one also shows a half-undone lock ring! ( He says "40 newton meters" of torque. My Campagnolo lock ring wants 50 Nm, so it's somewhat harder to undo. Also, Campagnolo has 3 different spacer thicknesses, so they need to go back in the correct positions.)

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That video is really bad on all levels.
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I was using a wrench that one uses for wrenching. I don't know what kind it was. It was adjustable so I just adjusted it to make it fit.

My uncle however was able to do the job. He's a smoker and weighs 30 pounds less than me (probably 130) and was able to do it. Sure there was a lot of cursing involved but the curse chant he put out magically released the lock ring I'm just really happy this thing is off!

I tightened it a little bit on my new wheels but made sure not to overdo it. Thanks for all the input everyone!
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[QUOTE=Feedyoupoptarts;16212491].........I tightened it a little bit on my new wheels but made sure not to overdo it. ......

Make sure you torque it enough or you'll have some possibly expensive problems.
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Originally Posted by Feedyoupoptarts
I was using a wrench that one uses for wrenching. I don't know what kind it was. It was adjustable so I just adjusted it to make it fit.

My uncle however was able to do the job. He's a smoker and weighs 30 pounds less than me (probably 130) and was able to do it. Sure there was a lot of cursing involved but the curse chant he put out magically released the lock ring I'm just really happy this thing is off!

I tightened it a little bit on my new wheels but made sure not to overdo it. Thanks for all the input everyone!
As the last post said, if it's not tight it's coming off, that's why it was so hard to remove, torque it or take it to a pro.
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I've changed my cassette but now I can't change gears 0.0 what happened?
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note: I also changed handlebars (to save a few bucks)

This would be a good time to take the bike to the shop now right? lol
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What happens when you hit the shifter? Is the rear dearailure moving at all?
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Originally Posted by longbeachgary
What happens when you hit the shifter? Is the rear dearailure moving at all?
Nope it doesn't move at all :/
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Originally Posted by Feedyoupoptarts
Nope it doesn't move at all :/
You're in over your head, and there are too many possible problems for anyone to figure out here. Time to head to the bike shop and pay them to fix it.
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It sounds maybe like you missed a spacer and the cogs are locked against the wheel?? This happened to my son when he brought a Velomax wheel into a shop to replace a spoke. What they didn't know was that the spokes were double threaded and didn't need to have the cassette removed. When they put it back on they left off the spacer. He came back from Florida to NY, and I took it in here and explained and they fixed it all.

Just bring it in to any decent shop and they should be able to fix it.
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Originally Posted by Feedyoupoptarts
Nope it doesn't move at all :/
If you're shifting and nothing is happening at the derailure, then maybe you knocked off the cable from the derailure. Can you post a photo?
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Hey everybody good news! I took it to the bike shop and they fixed it. Turns out I knocked out a cable while I changed my handlebars earlier. Thank you for all the support and feedback!
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