Mounting a cassette

If you want to fit a new cassette to a new bike wheel, there are a few important steps to follow to make sure everything works properly and is safe while riding. Below you will find an overview of the necessary tools and the most important steps to carry out this process.


If you want to mount a cassette yourself, it is important to have the right tools. With the right tools, you can get the job done more efficiently and safely. In this blog we discuss the necessary tools for mounting a cassette.

  1. Cassette key

A cassette wrench is an important tool when mounting a cassette. This tool is shaped like a ring and is used to secure the cassette to the hub. Cassette wrenches are available in different sizes, so make sure you choose the right size for your cassette.

  1. Chain whip

A chain whip is a tool used to jam the cassette while loosening the lock ring. It prevents the cassette from spinning, so you can remove the locking ring without any problems. A chain whip is a handy tool to have if you regularly work on your bike.

  1. Tools for the washer

The retaining ring tool is required to remove the retaining ring from the cassette. The tool fits on the splines of the washer and allows the washer to be unscrewed. There are several types of locking ring tools available depending on the type of cassette you have.

  1. Torque wrench

A torque wrench is a tool you need to properly tighten the cassette. It is important to tighten the cassette to the correct torque to prevent it from loosening while riding. The torque you need to tighten the cassette with varies by manufacturer, so be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Mounting the cassette:

Step 1: Insert the new cassette

It's time to mount the new cassette. Slide the cassette onto the hub of the wheel and turn the lock ring clockwise to secure it. Make sure the cassette is tight and cannot come loose while driving.

Step 2: Tighten the cassette

Using a cassette remover and a torque wrench, tighten the cassette securely onto the hub of the wheel. Make sure you use the correct torque value, as too loose or too tight can damage the cassette, hub or chain.

Step 3: Place the chain

Now that the cassette is mounted, it's time to put the chain back on the new wheel. Place the chain on the largest tooth of the cassette and guide it over the derailleur wheels and front chainring. Check that the chain is installed correctly and has the correct tension.

Step 4: Test the wheel

Make sure the wheel is mounted properly and spin it a few times to check that the cassette and chain operate smoothly and that there are no unusual noises or vibrations.

With these four steps you have successfully mounted the new cassette on the new bicycle wheel. Make sure you follow all the steps carefully to make sure everything works properly and is safe while driving. If you need tips or advice, do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form on the homepage.

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