The cassette on your bicycle can be found on the rear wheel and is a cluster of sprockets that are a part of the drivetrain. They slide onto the freehub, the ratchet system that controls the drive of your bicycle when you pedal, and can have anything from 5 to 12 ‘speeds’.
- 1 How do I know what cassette is on my bike?
- 2 How does a bike cassette work?
- 3 What is difference between cassette and freewheel?
- 4 How often should a bike cassette be replaced?
- 5 Can I put any cassette on my bike?
- 6 Can I put a different cassette on my bike?
- 7 How long does a bike cassette last?
- 8 What does the cassette sit on?
- 9 What makes the clicking sound on a bike?
- 10 How do I know if my cassette is type or thread?
- 11 Should I replace chain and cassette together?
- 12 Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?
- 13 How often should I lube my bike chain?
How do I know what cassette is on my bike?
If you have external gears, stand behind your bike and take a look at the right side of the rear wheel. There should be a cluster of gears on the right-hand side. This is your cassette. Count the number of gears (or steps) in the cassette.
How does a bike cassette work?
Rear Gears (Cassette) The gears on the rear wheel are called ‘cogs’ and when you put a few of them together in ascending size and attach them onto your back wheel, they are referred to as a ‘cassette’. The larger the cog the ‘lower’ the gear and the easier it will be to pedal, but the slower you will go.
What is difference between cassette and freewheel?
To identify which type you have on your bike you will need to start by removing the rear wheel from the bike. Then spin the cogs backwards by hand, if everything apart from the axle moves, then it is a cassette. If part of the block is stationary when the cogs move, then it is a freewheel.
How often should a bike cassette be replaced?
As mentioned, you will want to replace your bike cassette at least once every three years, even if you are not riding super regularly. However, if you are riding your bike a high mileage each year, you will want to change the cassette each season.
Can I put any cassette on my bike?
Yes, almost any bike is compatible with bigger cassettes, bike drivetrain is groupset of components that works in perfect harmony, any miss reconfiguring can break the perfect functionality of the system, parts that need to be changed and reconfigured when putting bigger cassette which is long-chain, wide cage
Can I put a different cassette on my bike?
In some cases, it is possible to run a cassette from a different brand than the rest of your drivetrain. SRAM and Shimano cassettes, on either road or mountain bike, are interchangeable with each other as the spacing is the same between the sprockets.
How long does a bike cassette last?
Very Roughly: bike cassette can last between 4000 to 6000 miles, and some can last up to 10,000 miles, an equivalent of 3 to 4 chains, it depends on the quality of the cassette itself, maintenance, and riding conditions.
What does the cassette sit on?
The cassette is the gear mechanism on a geared cycle. It is located at the centre of the rear wheel and consists of a group or cluster of chromium-molybdenum steel sprockets or cog wheels.
What makes the clicking sound on a bike?
A clicking noise often comes from your chain wanting to jump up or down a gear on the rear cassette. This can typically be fixed by adjusting the tension of the cable that runs from your shifter to your rear derailleur. The clicking could be caused by a bent derailleur hanger.
How do I know if my cassette is type or thread?
Find the tool fitting on the sprocket set. Spin the sprockets backwards. If the fittings spin with the cogs, it is a cassette system with a freehub. If the tool fittings do not spin with the cogs, it is a threaded freewheel system.
Should I replace chain and cassette together?
You should change your chain at the same time as the cassette and/or chainset. “A worn chain on a new cassette or chainrings will only accelerate the wear,” says Chris McKenney.
Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?
Most of the time, a skipping chain is caused by cable stretch. In the first half dozen rides on a new bike your shift cables stretch the most. They can also stretch over time as you ride. Shift down into the smallest ring in the rear cassette again, and press your shifter again to see if the bike shifts properly.
How often should I lube my bike chain?
Bicycle Tutor recommends cleaning and lubricating your bike’s drive chain at least once every month to maintain optimal performance and protection. The chain and drivetrain are typically the dirtiest parts of your bike, and this dirt is bad news for bike longevity and performance.