What tools do I need to remove a bike cassette?
The lockring is designed to hold the cogs of the cassette in place on the hub. In order to remove and replace your cassette, you need to unscrew this lockring. You’ll need three tools to do this: a chain whip, a cassette lockring remover and a large adjustable crescent wrench.
When should I replace my SRAM cassette?
At our shop, we suggest a new cassette every 2 times you replace your chain, IF you stay on top of your maintenance schedule. With 99% of customers this would mean a new cassette every 1-2 years depending on how much you ride it. If you are a commuter and ride everyday, your timeframe for replacement gets much smaller.
Do you need a chain whip to fit a cassette?
Grease threads of lockring and thread lockring into freehub. Install cassette lockring tool and install quick-release skewer. For installing lockring, use of the sprocket chain whip tool is not required.
What type of cassette do I have?
To determine if a sprocket is a freewheel or cassette system, remove the rear wheel from the bike. Find the tool fitting on the sprocket set. Spin the sprockets backwards. If the fittings spin with the cogs, it is a cassette system with a freehub.
What can I use if I don’t have a chain whip?
If you have a regular claw hammer and another length of chain, then you can create your own chain whip. Just drape the length of chain through the claw part of the hammer with the majority of chain going away from the handle of the hammer.