Quick Answer: How Often Should You Replace Your Cassette?

How often should you replace chain and cassette?

To avoid this accelerated wear of your cassette and chainrings, a general rule of thumb is to replace your bike’s chain every 2,000 miles.

Mind you, this is just a starting point..

How do I know if my free hub needs replacing?

Check the freehub for wear to see if it needs replacing or just cleaning and relubing. To do this, firmly grab the splined body and give it a wiggle. If it moves more than a couple of millimetres side to side, replace it. Otherwise, a good clean and oil will do fine.

What’s more important shifter or derailleur?

Its better to run a xtr shifter with an xt or slx derailleur than the other way around. Shifter does all the work when it comes to indexing. Only derailleur difference between xt and slx is a few grams and bearings in the jockeys.

When should I replace my cassette?

My rule of thumb is to replace it at 75 per cent wear (as measured with a chain-wear indicator). If you stick with this guideline, your cassette and chainrings will last a lot longer. A cassette, in most cases, can last for approximately two to three chain replacements if they are done at the right time.

Do you need a chain whip to remove cassette?

Tools for Changing 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.

How do I know if my chain is worn?

Another ballpark method for checking chain wear is by measuring it with a ruler. Pick a rivet and line it up at the zero mark. Count 24 more rivets and your last rivet should be at the 12″ mark of your ruler. If it is off by more than 1/16″ your chain is stretched to the point of replacement.

What does a worn cassette look like?

The metal of the cassette acts the same way. Next, look at the pick-up ramps. If they look like they’re being rubbed away, that’s a clear sign of wear. Lastly, there is a phenomenon called “Shark Finning” where the leading edge of a cog tooth will start to curve inwards, making it resemble a shark’s dorsal fin.

Should I replace chain and cassette together?

Once the chain wear is approaching 1% “stretch”, it’s usually time to replace the cassette as well. Because the teeth on the cassette will have worn down to more or less match the chain wear, if a new chain is fitted to a worn cassette, it won’t mesh properly and may jump or skip, especially when changing gear.

Do I need a longer chain for a bigger cassette?

You need a bit longer chain for a larger cassette. All things remaining the same, if your chain was the correct length before, adding the 34t gear increases the diameter of the low gear. That increases the total gear length, so you would have to have more chain to keep the adjustment correct.

Should my rear cassette wobble?

Should be no wobble , something is amiss . If you do not have the ability to tighten the lock ring on the cassette you should have your LBS have a look at it .

How do I know what cassette to buy for my bike?

The rule of thumb for choosing the right bike cassette is that the closer the number of “teeth” from the largest and the smallest cogs, the smaller the variation between gears, which ensures a smooth gear change.

How do I know if my chainrings are worn out?

“An inner chainring is considered worn when a clean new chain starts to chain suck [when doesn’t release well at the bottom of the chainring) and an outer chairing is considered worn when it is very rough running or the shifting is poor or inconsistent.

How many miles should a cassette last?

1000 milesGet at least a 1000 miles out of chain and cassette. Always change both at same time.

How much does it cost to replace a bike cassette?

The cost to replace a cassette or freewheel can range anywhere from $25 to upwards of $300 on high end bikes and chainrings can run anywhere from around $40 to $250 on high end bikes.

Do derailleurs wear out?

Derailleurs will last almost indefinitely. The jockey wheels will wear out in time (tens of thousands of km) but the rest of the mechanism shouldn’t see significant wear.