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on 9 November 2013
Works with Shimano hyperglide freewheels. For some reason all freewheel remover manufacturers advertise their product as compatible with uniglide freewheels. None of them mention hyperglide freewheels anywhere. Park tools doesn't do either. Anyway, the thing is this freewheel remover works with Shimano hyperglide freewheels even though hyperglide is not mentioned in the description.
The only thing you need to be careful about is whether you have a freewheel or a freehub. This tool is for a freewheel (screw on type). It is not for a freehub (slide on type, also known as cassette). They are not compatible. This tool will not work with a cassette. This is for freewheels.
If you are not sure whether you have a freewheel or freehub, make a google search and you should find Sheldon Brown's website where he explains the difference with pictures. As a general rule, if you have a quick release axle on the rear hub you are more likely to have a freehub (a slide on cassette) and if you have a a solid axle with bolt nuts, you are more likely to have a freewheel (a screw on type).
To take off the freewheel you need to turn it counter clockwise. This means the thread directions are regular. I used an adjustable wrench and it worked fine. Because the freewheel was to tight I had to step on the wrench. To prevent the wheel from turning I put it between a doorway and left the tire on and pumped. While pressing down I didn't want my feet to catch any spokes so I put a piece of cardboard in front of the spokes.
The freewheel I took off was a Shimano 14/34T HG freewheel. I took off an 14/34T 6 speed and put on a 14/34T 7 speed and this tool fits both. In the picture the material looks poor, as if it is going to crack. But in reality is perfectly fine. It works great.
I have now bought a 1 inch combination wrench for this tool because I think the adjustable wrench is going to eventually damage it. The wrench was 3.99 including delivery from ebay from a seller called cheshiretools.
I thought I wasn't going to use this tool too often. So I didn't mind not having a combination wrench at the beginning but recently I needed to add a spoke protector and then I also had to replace some spokes and now I think I will replace the hub and learn how to build a wheel and I think I might replace the rim. In short, I think you do need a combination wrench because you might end up using this tool more often than you think.