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    How to remove RaceFace Cranks (Pics)

    Taking apart a bike I purchased used just to go through and service everything. I am ready to take the cranks off (RaceFace Next SL).....how do I do so? I took the cap off but the arm doesn't want to just slide off. Please help me with my next step.

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    Did you remove a cap and then the bolt?
    I believe you are supposed to leave the cap in place and undo the bolt. The bolt will push against the cap and extract the crank off the BB.

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    You need one of these or like tool from a different brand. Instructions on how to use are at the link as well.

    Park Tool Co. CWP-7 : Universal Crank Puller for Square Taper and Splined Cranks : Crank Tools

    Beat me to it...Tool in post above is the same, just has its own handle.

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