How to remove a wheel with a Shimano internal hub

A few minutes ago I had to pull the rear wheel of my MEC Hold Steady bike. This was the first time I’d removed the rear wheel, which has a Shimano Nexus internal hub on it. For rear wheels with derailleurs, removing the rear wheel is a matter of seconds — pop the quick release and out it comes. Not so with the internal hub wheel…

Undoing the 15mm bolts was a no-brainer, but then there was the matter of removing the chain and gear cable which, I assumed, was also a no-brainer. Wrong. I unlocked a locking ring (which I shouldn’t have done) and suddenly there were a whole bunch of loose parts flopping around. After finding the right combination of red and yellow dot alignments, I got everything back together but still didn’t have the gear cable unhooked.

Time to look in the manual (a first!). Unfortunately, there was nothing in the manual about removing the wheel or cables. So, off to YouTube and… success!

Here is the right (and very easy…) way to properly pull a rear wheel that has a Shimano Nexus or Alfine internal hub.

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3 Responses to How to remove a wheel with a Shimano internal hub

  1. Cay Horstmann April 27, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks for sharing. This really helped me out. On my bike, I didn’t actually have to use pliers to get the cable out of its housing–you can just lift it out.

  2. Edwin December 29, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Thanks for this really helpful video. It all came apart easily, just followed your clear instructions. Thanks again.

  3. Matt July 27, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Great video! You really explained it well. Can you tell me why you put it in 4th gear instead of 1st before you started. Just curious. Thanks again.

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