All the bits and bobs required when you want to swap your cassette
One of the most simple wrenching jobs you can do to your bike is changing the cassette and we have all the kit you need to do it, including B’Twin’s novel ‘chainless chain whip’
1 SHIMANO ULTEGRA 6800 CASSETTE £74.99 Shimano’s Ultegra cassette is available in five options from a flatland- or time trial-friendly 11-23 to a more alpineflavoured 11-32, with the 11-28 allrounder in between. Do make sure your mech will cope.
2 BTWIN 700 CHAIN WHIP £11.99 BTwin’s novel ‘chainless chain whip’ reinvents something you wouldn’t have thought needed any reinvention. You use it in conjunction with a lockring removal tool, its pegs slotting neatly into the teeth of the smallest sprocket, on seven- to 11-speed cassettes.
3 HOY HG CASSETTE REMOVER £19.99 Expensive but more convenient than a separate lockring removal tool and adjustable spanner, the Hoy tool has an American ash handle (‘inspired by the velodrome,’ apparently) and a steel shaft. It has a pleasing look and feel to it, even if we’re not sure that Hoy’s tools ‘share their DNA with the Olympic legend’!
4 PARK TOOL CT3.2 CHAIN TOOL £29.99 Solid as a rock, Park’s heavyweight metal chain tool will cope with every chain from five- to 11-speed in 1/ 8, 3 / 16 and 3 / 32in sizes. And thanks to its replaceable pin (slightly dear at £5 per pair) it should give you a lifetime’s service, helping to justify its high price.
5 SHIMANO ULTEGRA 6800 CHAIN £27.99 Shimano’s 11-speed stainless steel chain features zinc-plated alloy links, with a PTFE (Teflon) coating for greater lifespan. Expect Shimano’s usual smoothness, though note that this doesn’t come with a quicklink or similar. This’ll improve shifting but make changing the chain a little bit trickier.