Every cassette will come to a point where it will need to be replaced. You may simply want to try new gears. You may need to switch between spare wheels if racing. Either way you may need to remove your cassette in order to do this. For many the question instantly arises...How do you do it?
Get your dad, boyfriend, husband, friend, brother, uncle...etc to do it? No. You really can do it yourself. As daunting as those shiny cogs and tools look, the process isn't as difficult as it may first appear. Removing a cassette yourself will also be kinder on your bank account.
The jargon and the components may seem a little daunting at first, but if you just take the time, read, think, look at the images, read again you can do it.
In this article we talk you through how to remove your cassette and fit a new one. We specifically focus on:
1) re-fitting a standard mountain bike cassette with a Hope 40T-REx; and
2) re-fitting a Hope Cassette.
Why choose to fit a 40T-REx? Most standard mountain bike cassettes have a gearing of 11-36t, which provides a good range of gears if you have two rings on the front. If you are switching to a more modern front single ring set-up you may find the traditional 11-36t gearing a little difficult and need more "room to spin" on the hills. Including a 40t cog in your cassette set-up is a much cheaper way to upgrade your gearing.