Q&A - X-Pelling X-9

Q: How do I get the rear wheel out of a bike with a SRAM rear mech? I'm used to Shimano and I'm having a real fight with the X-9 on my new bike. Help!

Q: How do I get the rear wheel out of a bike with a SRAM rear mech? I'm used to Shimano and I'm having a real fight with the X-9 on my new bike. Help!

Graham Snowden, Chesterfield

A: Shimano gears can rotate forward and backwards around their anchor bolt which makes it easier for them to just push out of the way without really thinking about it. SRAM mechs can't rotate forwards of the 'parallelogram (main body of the mech) horizontal' position, though, which means the cassette tends to get caught on them.

To whip the wheel in or out pull the mech back with your hand so that the parallelogram is vertical and the wheel will just slide past.

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