How to Remove a Shimano Deore LX Crank

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How to Remove a Shimano Deore LX Crank
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Shimano Deore LX is a series of components designed especially for cross-country and trekking bikes. The series includes a crankset that features Shimano's Hollowtech II design. The crankset is composed of sprockets, a spindle and a pair of pedal arms called "cranks." There is a crank on both sides of the bicycle. A pedal is attached to each crank, and during pedalling the cranks cause the spindle, sprockets and chain to rotate. Cranks may be removed periodically for cleaning and servicing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Shimano TL-FC16 tool
  • 5mm Allen wrench

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  1. 1

    Insert the Shimano TL-FC15 tool into the cap on the left-side Deore LX crank. The right-side crank has sprockets attached. The left side crank does not.

  2. 2

    Turn the Shimano TL-FC15 tool counterclockwise, loosening the cap. Remove the cap from the Deore LX crank.

  3. 3

    Loosen the pinch bolt on the left-side crank, just to the side of where the cap was located. The pinch bolt requires a 5mm hex key and turns counterclockwise to loosen.

  4. 4

    Grab the left side Deore LX crank and pull it free of the spindle.

  5. 5

    Turn to the other side of the bicycle. Grab the right Deore LX crank and pull it free of the bicycle. The right side Deore LX crank and spindle are a single unit. The two will come away together.

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