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Rear road bike Shimano cassette wobbling during freewheel

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Asked by: Marlin Hogg

Is it normal for rear cassette to wobble?

Your rear cassette is not supposed to wobble if it is properly installed and the rear wheel is trued but a little wobbling isn’t uncommon in cassettes. Some bike cassettes wobble while some do not and most times how you installed it isn’t the problem but who manufactured it.

How do I stop my cassette from wobbling?

Quote from video: If the cassette is very loose follow our instructions the upper right hand corner otherwise if it doesn't seem to move or waffle wobble. You can double check it. By using an adjustable wrench. And

What causes freewheel to wobble?

More often than not, a wobbling freewheel is the result of a misaligned hub shell or uneven hub shell treading. A freewheel wobble is present even on relatively expensive bicycles. One would be hard-pressed to find a freewheel with zero wobble.

Why is my bike cassette loose?

Quote from video: The solution drop the wheel and tighten that Lachlan.

Can you over tighten rear cassette?

Yes, you can overtighten a bike cassette and this usually doesn’t end well. If you go way above the torque recommended for your cassette lock ring, you would be overtightening it. This is why using a torque wrench is advised when tightening your cassette.

How do I know if my cassette is loose?

It’s easy to diagnose a loose cassette – hold the rear wheel in one hand, and the cassette in the other, and slide it along the axle. If it moves even a little bit, it’s loose. To tighten the cassette, remove the rear wheel from the bike, and unscrew and remove the quick release skewer from the wheel.

How do you fix a slipping freewheel?

If the pawls inside the freewheel are sticking that could result in it slipping, so take the freewheel off the hub, soak and agitate it in solvent/degreaser to get any gunk out then re-lube in a heavy oil (like thick engine oil). Don’t use grease – not good for those little springs and teeth inside.

How do you tighten a freewheel?

Quote from video: And put the chain on and then push down on the pedal. So it gets nice and tight or you can use chain whip that's one of these things. And basically you just wrap it around the chain.

Why does my rear cassette slip?

These can occur simultaneously – a dirty chain causes rapid chain wear, a worn out chain causes the cassette to wear out. If you have been riding with a slipping chain for long, you are very likely to have worn out both the chain and the cassette and will have to replace both.

Does freewheel wobble?

Quote from video: If this happens to be the drive side the freewheel will move up and down and wobble when the wheel is spun freely. Occasionally you'll come across hub shells.

Why are my cogs shaking?

The cassette hasn’t been tightened properly. A bent rear axle. Hub bearing play. The last cog isn’t seated properly.

What is the difference between freewheel and freehub?

The term “freewheel” refers to the whole gear cluster with the coasting mechanism inside. The freewheel is screwed onto a set of threads on the right-hand side of the wheel’s hub. On a freehub system, the coasting mechanism is a sub-assembly of the wheel’s hub.

Do I need a torque wrench for cassette?

It’s not important at all. The cassette lockring just has to be tight enough to not come off as it’s not doing anything other than keeping the cassette from sliding off – some cassette lockrings are even make of aluminum. Use a long wrench and put a bit of force behind it and you’ll be fine.

How do I know if my rear cassette is worn?

“The easiest way to determine if your cassette is worn out is to install a new chain. If the chain skips under pedalling load then it’s time for a new cassette.

How do you know when you need a new cassette?

Quote from video: Now one of the most obvious indicators of a worn out cassette is when the gears are skipping when you've just replaced your chain.

How many teeth does a cassette have?

In general, cassettes start at 10, 11 or 12 teeth. Again, there are exceptions, with options available with 9-, 13- or 14-tooth smallest sprockets. You may sometimes see brands refer to their cassettes as having a certain range in the form of a percentage.

What’s the difference between a freewheel and a cassette?

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 do I fix my bike sprocket?

Quote from video: You want to fit the flat side against the sprocket. Put the lock ring on and tighten it by hand at first before using the lockring. Tool.

Are all derailleurs the same?

No, bike derailleurs are not universal. A derailleur that works with one bike may not work with another bike based on factors such as the cage length. Check the difference between the smallest and largest cogs and also the chainring size to determine the derailleur compatibility.

How long do rear derailleurs last?

Good quality rear derailleur can last between 3 to 5 years, when unbranded or low-quality ones can last for 2 years, no matter what the durability of the rear derailleur the jockey wheel will wear after time and it can be replaced very cheaply with new ones, on the other hand, front derailleur can last almost

How do I know if my rear derailleur is worn out?

All derailleurs wear out at some point. Check for wear by pulling laterally on the lower cage. Compare this movement in the linkage of a new derailleur. Sloppy pivot and linkages will produce inconsistent shifting, and the only solution is a new derailleur.