How To Change A Mountain Bike Cassette With SRAM XD Driver | Mountain Bike Maintenance

How To Change A Mountain Bike Cassette With SRAM XD Driver | Mountain Bike Maintenance


This is how to remove and install
a SRAM cassette on an XD driver. So first, remove your back wheel, and
you’re going to need a chain whip and a cassette tool. So, this is a SRAM
X01 11 speed cassette. It’s a 10-42, and this is fitted to the specific SRAM
XD driver that you’ll see in a second. So first you’ll need is that cassette
tool. Just slide that in, and then you’re going to need an adjustable spanner
to turn that and the chain whip to stop the cassette from spinning. It’s easier
to do this job on the floor where you can hold the chain whip and get some weight
behind it. Always put the whip on sort of the third gear, so the third lowest
gear. And then get my big spanner onto the cassette tool, and gently push down,
making sure that I’m not going to smash my knuckles into the cassette when it comes
loose. So, once you’ve wound all the way off, literally that cassette will just
come off in one piece. Compare that to Shimano where they’ve got a lockring,
and there are lots of different bits. The cassette is just all one piece, and
there you can see the XD driver with the teeth and then the thread there. You see
how it’s designed quite small at the end to fit that really small 10-2 sprocket on
the very end. So this XD driver will only fit SRAM XD-compatible cassettes,
but on many hubs like this one, you can just remove that and replace it
with a Shimano freehub body if you’re on a Shimano cassette. You can see
how this works on this X01 cassette when you spin the cassette at all,
it just spins the threads inside. And that’s where you can see the splines
of the XD driver sitting inside there. So, unlike Shimano where you have to line
up one thin sort of spline to the actual bit on the cassette, with this, it
lets you stick it on. And there I go. I can feel it. The spline sitting in the
cassette. It doesn’t have to sit in one specific hole when I start spinning it in.
Just be extra careful when you’re putting the cassette on that it lines up with the
splines on the XD driver so that you don’t cross-thread those really fine threads. So
just tighten the cassette onto the driver with a spanner. You don’t need to get too
crazy with this. That feels pretty tight. The cassette feels nice and firm. So what
you’ve done there is just sort of pressed it onto that XD driver, so, there
you go. It’s a pretty simple job. In fact, it’s probably slightly easier
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