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Remove the Spider - A Step Towards Smooth Cycling on the SI Cannondale Chainset

At Pink Cycle Works, we believe that maintaining your bike is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable riding experience. If you've been troubled by a creaking sound emanating from your Cannondale SI chainset, the culprit might be the spider. Don't worry! We're here to guide you through the process of removing the spider and putting an end to that pesky noise.

  1. Tools at the Ready

Before we begin, gather the necessary tools for this task:

  • Chainring nut wrench (also known as a spider lockring tool)

  • Allen keys or Torx wrenches (size may vary depending on your specific chainset model)

  • A clean workspace to support your bike securely

The Spider Lockring

On the backside of the chainset, you'll find the spider lockring, responsible for holding the spider securely to the crank arms. This is the key component that needs attention.

Unscrewing the Spider Lockring

Using the chainring nut wrench, turn the spider lockring to loosen it. Hold the chainset firmly while unscrewing the lockring to avoid any accidental slips or damage.

Freeing the Spider

Once the lockring is fully loosened, you can carefully lift the spider off the crank arms. Take your time and be gentle during this step to ensure a smooth removal process.

Inspection and Cleaning

With the spider now separated from the crank arms, take this opportunity to inspect all components closely. Check for signs of wear, damage, or any accumulated dirt and debris. A clean spider and crankset will ensure better performance and longevity.


If everything looks good during the inspection, it's time to reassemble the spider back onto the crank arms. Follow the reverse steps of the removal process, ensuring you securely tighten the spider lockring. This step is vital to prevent any unwanted creaking in the future.


At Pink Cycle Works, we're passionate about making your cycling journey as smooth as possible. Removing the spider from your Cannondale SI chainset may seem daunting, but with the right tools and a little guidance, you can conquer this task with ease. A noise-free chainset will elevate your riding experience, allowing you to focus on the road ahead. As always, regular maintenance is key to keeping your bike in top shape. If you ever need further assistance or have any questions, our team of cycling enthusiasts is always here to support and guide you. Embrace the process, and happy riding!

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