I have picked up a bike (Specialized Allez) recently that has a very worn cassette from not replacing the chain for an extended period of time. Therefore am looking to change it. I was wondering what other components need to be replaced at the same time due to chain extension causing wear? My current list is:

  • Cassette
  • Chain
  • Chainring

Do I also need to replace the Rear Derailleur? And is the chainring required to be changed as well?

  • Searching for "replace cassette" led me to a number of useful posts just like yours. I suggest reading the answers to those before re-posting your question. The similar questions that came up as suggestions before you submitted this should also have answered it for you.
    – Móż
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 20:50
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    Possible duplicate of I just replaced my cassette, do I need replace the 2 month old chain?
    – Móż
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 20:50
  • Not the RD but you may want to change the jockey wheels. It all comes down to how much is worn and how much you want to spend.
    – Criggie
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 21:41

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From the drive train, Chain/Cluster/Chain ring(s) would normally be enough and should be done together, or the old components would wear out the new one quickly. Although you can get by not changing the chain ring if you replace the chain often, if the chain is badly worn, a new chain ring is strongly recommended.

Check the pulleys on the derailleur for wear, and replace if needed. The derailleur itself may or may not be worn out - Unless obviously sloppy, I would leave buying a new one till the new drive train was in place, I had replaced the cable and checked hanger alignment and still could not get it to shift well.

Based on the wear on the drive train, I would presume the bike has been somewhat neglected. Check the BB and pedals while the chain is off. Check the headset and wheel bearings, ideally clean and repack.

Unless in obviously new condition, I would replace shifter and brake cables as they are cheap, although if you don't have cable cutters and they are working well its possibly more effort than it worth.


Cassette, chain and chainring are all the things you should replace. As for rear derailleur only thing that might need replacement are pulley wheels, but that's not likely since their job is to align chain, not transfer power.

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