Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

Introduction

The cogs on a bike cassette slide onto a set of splines on the freehub and are held in place by a lock-ring. The cogs usually come in a set, with some bolted together and some loose.

Step 1

Tools - Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

Tools

You need a key to fit in the lock-ring to turn it anti-clockwise and a chain-whip to hold the cogs and stop them turning on the freewheel.

Step 2

Take the wheel off the bike - Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

Take the wheel off the bike

Remove the wheel.

Step 3

Access bike cassette - Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

Access bike cassette

Undo the quick release skewer nut, slide the key into the lock-ring, replace the quick-release nut to hold the tool in place.

Step 4

 - Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

Grab a cog with a chain whip to resist anti-clockwise rotation.

Step 5

 - Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

With an adjustable spanner turn the key anti-clock wise to loosen the lock-ring.

Step 6

 - Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

Unscrew the quick-release nut and unscrew the lockring to free the bike cassette. Remove the lock-ring

Step 7

 - Remove A Bike Wheel’s Cassette

Slide the bike cassette off the freehub.

Pro Tip

If the bike cassette is to be re-used tie it up with string or a cable tie to keep all the cogs and spacers in the correct order.