A cluster of sprockets, commonly 5 to 11 of them, attached to a freehub on the rear wheel.

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How to tell when to replace cassette?

How do you tell when it's time to replace a cassette? Are there any specific wear patterns on the teeth to watch for or symptoms specific to a worn-out cassette?
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if I replace chainset and chain should I replace back cassette as well?

I am replacing my chainset and chain, as its totaly worn and causing the chain to jump off when I pedal. The cassette is fairly worn too, but is not causing any problems. If I buy a new chain and ...
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Can you use a 8 speed Shimano shifter with a 7 speed cassette?

I want to use an 8-speed shifter with a 7-speed cassette. I saw this question, but I am unsure if this would work, since I believe the spacing is the same between a 7- and 8-speed, but the length is ...
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Why are higher-end freewheels so much louder when coasting?

I tend to ride relatively modest gear (Tiagra/Ultegra), but when I'm riding near higher-end bikes, I sometimes notice that the clicking sound that comes from their cassette/free-wheel while coasting ...
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Do cassettes and chains need to be replaced at the same time?

Someone recently told me that if I replace my cassette I need to replace my chain (and vice versa) so that they wear evenly. Is this true? And, can anyone elaborate on the reasoning for this a bit ...
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New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?

I just installed a new chain on my 2002 Trek 2200 Road Bike. The old chain was a Shimano 9 speed that I installed 18 months and about 5000 miles ago. It had stretched modestly and was full of winter ...
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Chain skipping on MTB

I've had my Trek 3900 for about a year now, and I replaced the chain about 3 months ago, but otherwise it's running with the same parts it came with (not counting tubes and tires). I had to replace ...
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7 speed to 8 or 9 speed cassette change

this is my first time here and i am new in the bike sport. I have a mtb for a month now and i usually use it for road trips with some dirt intervals. It has a 7 speed shimano cassette (14-34) and on ...
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Do I need to change my cassette if I can't see any wear?

I bought a new road bike with Campag Athena 11 speed in March last year. To the end of Jan it had covered 9000km. In all that time I hadn't changed the chain because I don't have the Campag tool, and ...
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What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?

I'am going to buy 2015 shimano 105 groupset and i have 2 options in choosing the cassette the first is 11-32 and the second is 12-25 and i don't know what is the meaning of each and which one would be ...
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Upgrading wheels on a vintage Peugeot Frame

OK so I have a Peugeot Galibier bike that consists of a Reynolds 301 steel frame. A while back the original derailer gave up the ghost while riding, bending the rear-wheel spokes in the process. I ...
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How much distance can I put on drivetrain components?

I figure the jockey wheels on my derailer will last nearly forever, but what about the rest: cassette, chainrings, and chain? How many miles, kilometers, or furlongs do they normally last? I know ...
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Can I fit a cassette with a larger range with my Shimano Tiagra 10-speed ( GS-4600) derailleur?

I'm currently running a 2x10 shimano tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with a 50/34 compact crankset, a 12-30 rear cassette, and a Shimano Tiagra GS-4600 derailleur (that's medium cage aka road long cage) on ...
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Campagnolo Record C9 / Shimano CS-HG200-9 incompatibility

I drive cheap Shimano cassettes together with Campagnolo Record C9 chains. Yesterday I installed a new C9 and a CS-HG200-9. But the chain sort of slips over the sprockets, not unlike really worn ...
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Shimano 105 10 and 11 speed compatibility

currently i have on my bike the Shimano 105 system (2 years old) with 10 speed cassette. Currently i am buying a new wheelset (Fulcrum racing zero) made for shimano 11 cassette. I was told that i can ...
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Triple chainring + nonstandard sloped cogset. Can this work?

It seems that on my mountain bike and all other multispeed bikes I have seen having a rear cassette or freewheel all have sloped cogs, meaning they go from largest to smallest in order of decreasing ...
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How to get a lower gearing

My trusty old CF racer was stolen the other day, and I'm looking for a replacement. I saw this bike at PlanetX and was intrigued. It's a full carbon bike with (last years) Ultegra components for a ...
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Best Cassette Cog Material

I am replacing my smallest cassette cog for the 3rd time. I have been using Harris Cyclery's Aluminum Cog Crupi's Chromoly Cog is about 3 times as expensive. Is that still worth it? Can anyone ...
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I just replaced my cassette, do I need replace the 2 month old chain?

I replaced both my cassette and chain in July (2.5 months ago). For some reason my chain started skipping when I was in the smallest cog in back. I took it to a shop, they could not find anything ...
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Upgrade my Rear Cassette from 12/25t to 11/28t

I have a Specialized Secteur 8-speed road bike with a Shimano HG850 12/25t rear cassette running on a KMX Z type narrow chain my crankset is a 52/42/30, I have done about 2,000 miles so it's probably ...
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What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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Difference between Shimano HG51 8-Speed Cassette and Shimano HG50 8-Speed Cassette

Can anyone tell me the difference between Shimano HG51 and HG50 8-Speed Cassettes? I can't find any information online about this so was hoping someone might be able to help me. I am looking to ...
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Hypothetical 1x10 simplification to 1x3 or 1x5

This is a hypothetical question that will help viewers (including myself) better understand gears and their limitations. Suppose someone sees a bike they like at a local bikeshop and it just happens ...
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Changing cassette from 8 to 10 or 11 to meet the Shimano 105 5800 groupset

I upgraded following parts to Shimano 5800 (front and rear derailleurs, crankset, chain, STI shifters). The last thing left to replace is 8 speed Shimano CS-HG51 cassette. Unfortunately I cannot index ...