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trouble getting rear wheel off specialized allez comp(10 posts)

trouble getting rear wheel off specialized allez compyauk
May 15, 2003 2:25 PM
been doing it the right way by moving the chain to the larger chain ring and smallest cog to take off the rear wheel, but the wheel still doesn't come off easy. any tips to share?
Couple of things...cory
May 15, 2003 3:03 PM
First, put it on the SMALL ring and the small cog--you don't want to ride in that combination, but it gives you slack in the chain.
Open the quick release AND the brakes, if they have a lever to widen the gap between pads. Then hold the rear of the bike off the ground a few inches by the saddle or whatever and hit the wheel a sharp rap on top with the heel of your hand. Should drop right out.
If it doesn't, figure out what's binding. Sometimes it helps to hold the rear derailleur back, out of the way, which is when it also helps to have three hands...
A couple more possibilitiesKerry
May 15, 2003 4:21 PM
As you remove the wheel (assuming small-small chain position and wide enough brake gap), watch the QR nut on the right hand side. It may be hitting the top of the derailleur and inhibiting a smooth passage. No chance you have "lawyer lips" on the rear dropouts, I hope?
Remove your kickstand...t-moore
May 15, 2003 9:08 PM
No easy solution. Remove the skewer nut....Bruno S
May 15, 2003 9:23 PM
I also have an allez comp. There is nothing wrong with what you are doing. The problem is that the allez design doesn't leave enough space for the skewer to clear the derailer (Ultegra). Once possible solution is to find a smaller skewer nut. I have to remove it to take out the wheel. It's a pain but have learned to live with it.
Always hated those dropouts!pitt83
May 16, 2003 5:04 AM
I never had good luck removing the rear wheel from my Allez A1. I sliced my hand but good once struggling it out of there. It's not you.
re: trouble getting rear wheel off specialized allez compMazinger
May 16, 2003 7:07 AM
I also own an Allez A1 and it's a struggle to get the rear wheel off everytime.
re: trouble getting rear wheel off specialized allez compalmccm
May 16, 2003 8:46 AM
So it's not just me. I too have an Allez and I have trouble getting the rear wheel off. Until I saw this thread I thought I was doing something wrong. Now I know it's something I have to learn to live with.
Do what I did: Sell the bike!pitt83
May 16, 2003 10:02 AM
I got 1/2 of what I paid for it after 4 seasons. Carbon fiber is great! Much less road buzz and still very responsive.
re: trouble getting rear wheel off specialized allez compd-boy
May 16, 2003 4:25 PM
Same problem with mine too. I either removed the skewer nut or deflate the tire to get a bit more wiggle room (Ultegra/CXP33/Mich Axial Pro).

Also had the skewer nut resting on the softer aluminum part of the drop out not on the replaceable steel part. This caused some wear on the frame. The wheel does not seat square causing creaking in the rear. I switched to a nut with a larger surface (a vintage Campy) to fix it.

It's a nice looking frame.