Problem Removing Shimano Cassette on Giant Cypress ST
I'm trying to replace a spoke on the rear wheel of my 2009 Giant Cypress ST. In order to do that I have to remove the cassette since it's in the way. To do that I bought a chain whip and the Park Tool FR-5 from Amazon with link here:
However, the FR-5 does not fit. I tried for several minutes to position it correctly, but it's clearly too big to fit. I'm absolutely positive I'm using the FR-5 since it looks exactly like what Amazon has and it came in new original packaging labeled FR-5. My problem seems exactly like this person's problem fitting the tool which is unresolved:
In that thread, someone recommends the FR-5G but Park Tool clearly states that the FR-5G is the same as the FR-5 only with a guide pin so I don't think using the FR-5G would help.
I'm so frustrated as I've never removed my cassette before and every video I've seen shows people sliding a cassette tool in effortlessly. The cassette and derailleurs are Shimano though I don't know what model. I've attached a couple pictures of my hub and the tool. Everything about the bike is stock (original).
What am I doing wrong? Any help would be great. Thanks.
Part of the problem there is that you're trying to remove a freewheel with a cassette tool. What you're trying to fit your FR-5 into is not a cassette lockring; rather, that is the inner body and splines of a traditional thread-on freewheel.
I believe the Park FR-1 is the correct tool for this particular application.
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Correct, FR-1 is what's needed. Another thought: After cutting off the spoke protector, it may be possible to thread the spoke through one of the elongated holes of the largest sprocket. Just guessing here—depends on hub flange height.
Originally Posted by SilverStar
Note that in order to use the FR-1 you'll have to remove either the right hand axle locknut and spacers below it, or the entire axle if the right side locknut doesn't spin off easily. So you'll need a cone wrench also.
Try removing the right locknut by holding the left cone with the cone wrench and using an open end to turn the locknut. If that fails use the cone wrench and open end to remove the left lock nut, spacers and cone and slide the entire axle off to the right.
While the freewheel and axle is off you might as well do a bearing service (clean and lube). Then, before mounting the freewheel re-assemble the axle, adjust the cones and completely tighten both sides while you have access. If later you need to re-adjust the cones you'll do it from the left side.
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I've had some good luck recently removing these with the FR-1 without any type of removal of the axle nuts. Give it a try first, you might get lucky.
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Originally Posted by JoeDaddio
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