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    New bike, new questions..cassette questions..

    Ok, So I got this bike given to me after I had to sell my previous ( my baby ) bike last last year... Sad, I know..

    I now have a "GT Aggressor Comp 2016"
    It's nothing special at all, but I have not owned many bikes and still find myself running into parts that I need some help identifying purpose, etc.

    This is it, I want to start a tool collection and so far I have a chain whip and a 'Shimano Cassette & Center Lock - Lockring Tool' for addressing the cassette. However, I am not sure what tool I need for this.. Is it a type of lock ring? Do I need another tool to remove the cassette?
    ( The outside ring with the grooves )

    Any information would be extremely helpful! Thank you!New bike, new questions..cassette questions..-cassette.jpg
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    You have a freewheel so you need a Shimano freewheel tool and a wrench or a vice, which is kind of unfortunate because freewheel hubs can't really withstand much, if any off road use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    You have a freewheel so you need a Shimano freewheel tool and a wrench or a vice, which is kind of unfortunate because freewheel hubs can't really withstand much, if any off road use.
    Thank you! I thought I needed something else.

    I found the Parks Tool FR-1, adding that to the shopping list.

    Now..What about that black ring on the outside with the grooves in it? Almost looks like an SS locking ring..?
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    Unlike a cassette a freewheel comes off in one piece by turning the freewheel tool counter-clockwise, no chain whip is used. The ring is only for disassembling the freewheel, which hopefully you'll never have to do.
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    They'll handle off road use, just not big hits. A freewheel hub design places the bearings further in than on a 8speed or higher freehub. Take a big jump, risk bending an axle.

    Also, you can't put a cassette onto a freewheel hub. IMO, unless something is wrong with that freewheel, leave it as is. Can't improve that wheel too much without being a money pit. Only real option would be changing the 14-34 Megarange freewheel to one with slightly better gearing range. From a reliability standpoint, those shimano megarange freewheels are pretty bulletproof though.

    For tools, if you're serious about having a complete tool kit, I'd recommend just getting one of these kits. There are going to be a couple duplicates, but it's never a bad idea to have a basic kit for the car and a second one for home. There are many out there, but they basically all use the same box/layout/tools. Just different stickers on the tools. nashbar usually does a 20% off sale. If you don't want a kit or want better quality tools, these at least give you a basic list of the tools you should have.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/incredibl...ialtoolkit.htm
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    I don't know how to thank you enough. I tried Googling everything and not even remotely close as getting a answer as clear as that.

    Well, I'll have a couple extra tools, but can be put to use on the wifes bike and friends.

    Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    They'll handle off road use, just not big hits. A freewheel hub design places the bearings further in than on a 8speed or higher freehub. Take a big jump, risk bending an axle.

    Also, you can't put a cassette onto a freewheel hub. IMO, unless something is wrong with that freewheel, leave it as is. Can't improve that wheel too much without being a money pit. Only real option would be changing the 14-34 Megarange freewheel to one with slightly better gearing range. From a reliability standpoint, those shimano megarange freewheels are pretty bulletproof though.

    For tools, if you're serious about having a complete tool kit, I'd recommend just getting one of these kits. There are going to be a couple duplicates, but it's never a bad idea to have a basic kit for the car and a second one for home. There are many out there, but they basically all use the same box/layout/tools. Just different stickers on the tools. nashbar usually does a 20% off sale. If you don't want a kit or want better quality tools, these at least give you a basic list of the tools you should have.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/incredibl...ialtoolkit.htm
    Nashbar Essential Tool Kit
    JensonUSA 728 Tool Kit > Accessories > Tools > Tool Kits | Jenson USA
    Thanks as well!

    This bike will mainly see a cargo trailer and 'not overly rough' tractor trails/rail trails.
    Primary uses, like my previous bike, will be for hunting/fishing.
    My jumping days are done..

    Tight budget as we are on kid #2 so if nothing breaks, I won't replace it until it does!

    I should have bought that tool kit in the beginning, I think for the price I can sneak it in there somewhere as it would be just nice to have those extra and some I don't have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    They'll handle off road use, just not big hits.
    Not IME. Most folks would consider my normal loop pretty xc-ish and I'm 100% confident that hub wouldn't survive even one of my rides. Before cassettes lots of companies made quality freewheel hubs with cro-mo axles but they are now extinct.

    Quote Originally Posted by shawnt2012 View Post
    Tight budget as we are on kid #2 so if nothing breaks, I won't replace it until it does!
    That's a sensible route IMO, and if/when that axle bends I'd highly recommend just replacing the whole thing with a cassette wheel, even if it's a really cheap one.
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    That's a sensible route IMO, and if/when that axle bends I'd highly recommend just replacing the whole thing with a cassette wheel, even if it's a really cheap one.[/QUOTE]


    Already looking at options.. window shopping.

    I am just happy to have a bike again
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