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Evening everyone,

I currently have two bikes, a Specialized Allez Compact 2012 and a Dawes Super Galaxy 2011 (links below). I would live to move all the gearing, shifters etc from the Dawes to the Specialized. I was just wondering if this is possible and if so what tools do I need ( I ask because I know that there are different sized cassette tools and such). Any help would be much appreciated,

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/allez-compact-2012-road-...

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/dawes/super-galaxy-2011-touring-bike...

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severs1966 [415 posts] 3 years ago
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Headsets require a headset press to fit the cups and crown race, and either the correct tool or a hammer & long drift and a handy guide to plumber's swearwords to get them off the old frame. Bike shop visits are inevitable for this or as in many cases, leave the headset. Integrated headsets like the one on the Specialized are best left in situ.

Removing the crank arms from the bottom bracket axle will require a crank removal tool but every enthusiast ought to own one, so buy one; they are not particularly expensive (less than £10 in some places, but don't skimp, get a good one). Popping the cranks off is a very simple process with this tool. Get the combination type with a (probably) 14mm hex socket built into one end unless you already have a metric socket set in your tool collection.

Removing the bottom bracket is pretty easy if it is a splined one, as per Shimano; you just need the correct splined tool that mates (and a spanner). This is similarly not especially expensive. Even the "old fashioned" BB that is not removed as a single unit, but consists of axle, balls and cups (with two little dints on the outside face) is not difficult to swap out but requires heftier and more expensive dedicated tools to do it properly.
However, upon removing the cranks from both bikes, inspect the length of the bottom bracket axle sticking out on the right hand side (chainring side). If it is the same on both bikes, then you can just leave the bottom bracket bearing unit in the bike frame; simply swap the crank arms.

Pretty much everything else will come off with a small selection of allen keys and spanners.
Replace the brake and gear cable inners and maybe also the chain if it is not in its first flush of youth.

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Gkam84 [9111 posts] 3 years ago
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I take it you will be swapping wheels or are you going to be changing the cassettes?

If you are changing them, you with need a Shimano cassette tool and a chain whip.

I don't know why the previous poster is mentioning headsets, that has nothing to do with gearing whatsoever  39

Everything else is pretty simple. APART from the bottom bracket, because if I am reading that correctly, the Dawes has an integrated bottom bracket with the chainset. So that might be a problem if they are not the same size on both frames.

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MatEnd [1 post] 3 years ago
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Thanks for the comments. I will not be swapping the wheels because the Dawes has very large tires and is thus a lot slower. I am quite happy to buy the tools because I want to know how to service my bikes ( I am getting a Cube Peloton Race 2014 this week so want to keep it in good nick).

So if the Dawes has an "integrated bottom bracket" and is the same length the i can just swap the chainset and cranks across. If however, it is not the same length am I out of luck.

I will order a Shimano cassette tool, chain whip and crank removal tool.

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bashthebox [752 posts] 3 years ago
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If I were you I'd buy a box of tools - really makes things easier in the long run. The aptly named Jobsworth tools from Planet X are pretty good value for money I think.

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Gkam84 [9111 posts] 3 years ago
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As bash says, a little tool kit would be handy. Jobsworth is just a generic rebranded kit, it is also known at Bikehand, but will see you through everything you need done.

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