This isn't like a Chosen hub. The 5mm wrenches just remove the axle and cap.
You *do* need to pull the DS bearing to get the freehub off. The bearing blocks the notches in the extension for the 7/16 hex, which must be removed first.
I see getting into the freehub as more of a once per year thing, which includes several rides in the rain for me. It would be nice if it was easier, but the tools you need are pretty minimal.
Hi WMW, does that mean that a Bearing Puller is absolutely necessary to remove the Freehub to clean and service the Pawls, Inner Bearing Bushing, etc?
If so, what Bearing Puller does Alchemy recommend?
To have to go to an LBS to remove, clean, and service the Freehub and Pawls, would seem like an inconvenience to me ... especially, if this needs to be done after every ride in the rain or every 1,000kms to grease the Inner Bearing Bushing?