It's a 5 speed joy tech hub.

I've tried all but nothing seems to work.

Looks like the smallest driver is threaded.

Does anyone know how to remove it ?

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    If you were trying to include an image, it has not come through. Could you please use edit and try again ?
    – Criggie
    Mar 14, 2021 at 18:32
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    It's unclear -- are you talking about an internally geared hub or a freewheel hub? What do you want to take apart? Mar 14, 2021 at 21:42
  • @DanielRHicks excellent point - At a guess I think it will be a threaded hub for a freewheel, because OP mentions 5 speed and while 5 speed cassettes existed, they were relatively uncommon.
    – Criggie
    Mar 15, 2021 at 5:49
  • @alexandersegura could you please use edit to add more info? The stock photo is probably wrong, please make it better.
    – Criggie
    Mar 15, 2021 at 5:49

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Assuming this is a standard freewheel hub there should be no need to disassemble it, since you can simply remove the freewheel and install a single-speed freewheel made for this replacement process.

To remove the old freewheel you generally need a freewheel tool that matches the existing freewheel's design. There are a half-dozen different schemes for this, depending mostly on the brand of the freewheel, so you may need to visit a bike shop to get an exact match.

If you really want to disassemble the hub itself you do it one nut at a time, starting from the outermost nuts and working inward.


Are you sure you need to take it apart for a single speed conversion?

Soaking it in WD-40 or such, and then leave it for a day before trying again.

You could maybe try to set the wrenches close together, and then squeeze them together with both hands.

Another option is trying to find some longer wrenches or pipes to try and get some leverage.

You could also try to apply some heat, so that the metal expands.

Here's a video of a guy opening a similar hub:

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    Don't soak the entire hub in WD40 or other solvent, as this will destroy the lubrication inside the hub and you will HAVE to disassemble it and re-lube the bearings. Mar 15, 2021 at 16:59

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