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I've just purchased a 2014 Wahoo Kickr with an 11-speed Shimano cassette on it and I'm having a bit of difficulty getting it to work properly with a Tiagra 10-speed rear-derailleur. Is this because the parts are incompatible? I'm still trying to get a sense of what are the finer details of cycling, so my apologies if I've neglected important or useful information. I will add it if so.

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Is this because the parts are incompatible?

Yes. As groupsets with greater number of sprockets in the cassette were developed, the sprockets were spaced closer together to fit them in the space available. 11 speed road cassettes are slightly wider than 10 speed but the sprockets are still closer.

The chains for 8, 9, 10 and 11 speed groupsets are also not interchangeable. The chains get progressively narrower to work with the closer sprocket spacing.

What you'll need to do is mount a 10 speed cassette on the trainer. A small spacer is needed to deal with the slightly narrower 10 speed cassette on an 11 speed compatible freehub body.

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  • Is it possible to use the freehub and cassette on my rear wheel for the direct drive trainer? – CanadianBagpiper Jul 11 '20 at 14:14
  • @CanadianBagpiper you can take the cassette off the bike wheel and put it on the trainer, yes. FYI a ‘free hub’ is a type of hub and has a splined freehub body the cassette fits on. – Argenti Apparatus Jul 11 '20 at 14:26
  • Ah, thank you for the correction. If I'm placing a 10 speed cassette on an 11 speed freehub body, will I need a spacer on the freehub body? – CanadianBagpiper Jul 11 '20 at 14:45
  • @CanadianBagpiper yes , Although some larger 11 speed cassette will fit on a 10 speed free hub body and come with a spacer – Argenti Apparatus Jul 11 '20 at 17:16

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