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Questions tagged [cassette]

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

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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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Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?

I was looking at purchasing a new cassette and chain. Looking at the available cassettes for SRAM components, there is a big variety of sizes available: 11-23: 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-23 11-25: 11-...
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Do I really have to replace the cassette when I replace the chain, or is this a scam?

My chain broke so I brought the bike in and the guy told me "Well you don't have the old chain, so we have to replace the cassette also. They go together. If you don't replace the cassette then the ...
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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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What is the purpose of the plastic disk between the cassette and the rear wheel?

There's a plastic disc between the cassette and rear wheel on my bicycle. It doesn't seem to have any effect on the actual drivetrain; but I've seen it on a number of bicycles. What is it for?
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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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What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?

I'm willing to buy a 2015 Shimano 105 groupset and i have got 2 options in choosing the cassette, the first is 11-32 and the other is 12-25. I have no idea what these numbers indicate and which one ...
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What are the ridges seen on sprockets and chainrings for?

I've always wondered what these ridges below the teeth on sprockets are for. Can anyone enlighten me?
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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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How to prevent freehub body damage?

I feel like this is poor design. I have two wheelsets that are less than a year old which have damaged freehub bodys due to cogs digging in to the splines on the freehub. It's so bad that I can't ...
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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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What range of sprockets is useful in a road bike cassette?

My road bike currently has a 27/39/53 crankset and a 13-26 cassette, both of which need to be replaced. I occasionally find myself in both extremes—while heading up the very steep hills of the Bay ...
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Can a road bike's rear derailleur be used for either a 9 speed cassette or 10 speed cassette?

I currently have a 9 speed 11-25T cassette on my road bike. I'm thinking about switching to a different cassette with more teeth on the climbing gear. The cassette I'm currently look at is a Shimano ...
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Rear derailleur cage hits largest cog on cassette

I got a new rear derailleur for my wife's bike after a stick turned the original one into a twisted mess of metal. The derailleur is a Shimano Acera, the cage is slightly longer than the original. ...
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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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7-speed MTB cassette on 8/9-speed wheel hub, where does spacer go?

Sheldon Brown says "Add a 4.5 mm spacer before installing a 7-speed cassette on an 8-, 9-, or 10-speed hub", but doesn't seem to show spacer placement in any picture. My direct experience is that the ...
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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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Is a 7 speed chainring compatible with an 8, 9 or 10 speed cassette and chain?

Currently I have a 7 speed cassette (13-23) running with a spacer on a new Tiagra hub. After I changed my chain, the wear has made two of the gears unusable. I am considering changing the cassette to ...
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What makes a cassette mountain bike vs. road bike?

I'm in the market for a new cassette for my road bike and I frequently see cassettes listed as mountain bike or road bike. Since they're usually interchangeable and can be used on either type of bike, ...
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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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What's the point in a freewheel/cassette with incrementally sized rings?

Pictured is a freewheel with 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 tooth sprockets. What I don't understand is why such small increments are worthwhile. Surely the point of having gears is the variance that they ...
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Switching to Lower Gears for Climbing

Right now, I've got a SRAM 11/26 cassette. I just moved to San Francisco, and some of the climbs out here (e.g., Mt. Tamalpais) are pretty brutal with over an hour of climbing. My cadence over some of ...
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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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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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Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?

My grandpa gave me his old 1974 Raleigh International (all original Campy) as a graduation present. Since the stock wheels are for tubular tires, and I do want to ride it around town, I want to get ...
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Can you reverse the sprockets on a cassette to lengthen its lifespan?

I know my bike's rear cassette needs replacing, but before I do that, is it feasible to dismantle the 8 sprockets to reverse their spin? Can you increase the lifespan of a cassette by letting the cogs ...
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If I change my cassette to a different range do I need to change my chain?

I have a Shimano 8 speed 11-34 cassette (one of those "mega range" ones). If I change my cassette to a different one, say an 11-32, will I need to change or otherwise modify my chain? I just got the ...
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Can I increase my highest gear ratio?

I have a modern bike (ridgeback meteor '13) and It currently has a 21 speed shimano chainset. I find that going down hills (which I do a lot) and on flats I need a higher gear. Can I do anything to ...
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Is it practical to replace two sprockets on a cassette?

My bike has 53/39T chainrings and a cassette with 12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,25 sprockets, but I like to ride up steep mountain roads. Is it possible (without great expense) to replace two sprockets to ...
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50/34 vs 52/36 crankset for 11-32 cassette (shimano 105 5800FC)

Following up on this enlightening answer, I would like to know the differences between 50/34(compact), 52/36(mid-compact) and 53/39 (standard). The cassette I am choosing is 11-32 to give me a wider ...
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SRAM Red 1098 Cassette “teeth”

I noticed on the largest sprocket of my SRAM Red cassette, after every 8th tooth, the tooth is missing. I looked at one on line and noticed the same thing. What is the purpose of not including these ...
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Can I mix and match cogs from 2 different SRAM cassettes and still expect it to work?

My road bike currently has a 12-25 cassette on it. I really want the cog with 11 teeth instead of the cog with 12 teeth, but I don't want to upgrade to a full 11-32. If I were to install a new 12-25 ...
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Advantages / disadvantages of freecoaster and cassette hubs

I've been reading a lot over the past few days about BMX, and last night I watched a few videos like this one. I have been seeing the words "freecoaster" and "cassette" around a lot, and I was curious ...
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Help with cassette, worn or not?

I have done exactly 2879 km on my cassette, and currently I got myself a new chain which is a third for this cassette. With first chain I made 1985km, but I already noticed a significant degradation ...
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Can the back axle be replaced without removing the gear cassette?

I'm about to replace a back axle for the first time, and I'm confused about whether I need to remove the cassette to do this properly. This is relevant because I don't have the tools to remove the ...
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Is 11- 34 rear cassette necessary?

I have a road bike with a compact crank and 11-25 rear cassette(9 rings) at the moment. And my local climb is 35k long with an incline between 10- 30%. I really struggle with it. I have to stop like 5-...
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Are there real use of the lowest bicycle speeds?

I'm confused about the speeds amount in my bicycle. There are totally more than 20 different speed configuration on my bicycle, but are there any practical use of such speeds as 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-1. ...
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Can I just fit a cassette with more gears with the same derailleur?

I've got a Boardman Road Sport which I use for commuting and doing reasonable length rides during the week etc. I have Shimano Claris as my rear derailleur and so is some of my groupset. I would like ...
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Downgearing with a road triple

My mother is trying to get back on her bike after years of knee problems + surgery, which so far has gone ok, but she has had some trouble with climbing hills. She's thinking that she should try to ...
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How can I tell if my bike has a freewheel or a cassette?

I bought a Frankenbike off Craigslist. It's a Specialized Rockhopper of unknown year, converted to a commuter, with shocks up front and V-brakes. I love this weird little bike and want to put a ...
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Choosing a rear derailleur for 11-42t cassette on a SRAM 10-speed 1x system

I have an 11-42t 10 speed cassette and a 42t narrow wide chainring. I cannot work it out definitely whether a Sram long cage rear derailleur will work with it. I think that this one should work but ...
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Replace rear deraileur without breaking the chain

I currently have a Shimano Dura Ace 10 speed rear derailleur with a 12-25 cassette. For some hilly rides I'd like to change to a 12-30 cassette. The maximum the rear derailleur can handle is 28, so ...
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Rear hub freewheel and casette

I am having some issues with my drive trainsystem. I have changed my chain after quite a while (shame on me) with a new one, that i sized exactly on the same number of links as the old one. When ...
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Chain skipping despite new cassette and chain

My chain keeps skipping loudly. Replacing the cassette and chain had no effect. I also zeroed the derailleur to the 5th gear of the cassette and it shifts smoothly. I have also replaced all ball-...
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Misadjusted B-screw: symptoms?

What are the typical symptoms of incorrectly adjusted B-screw in the rear derailleur? How does it manifest itself when shifting? Obviously, if the cage pulley interferes with the cog, the problem is ...
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Modded folding bike and strange chain skipping on most gears

I've a folding Tern Link D8 that I've started customize by replacing some parts...what is driving me nuts is a strange chain skipping that happens on some gears and only when I apply some force (...
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Add/remove sprockets on cassette to customize gear ratios

I have a Shimano 105 10-speed cassette on my road bike, with sprockets 11-12-13-14-15-17-...-28 (I don't know by heart what comes between 17 and 28). I'd like to remove the 11, and put a 16 between ...
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5 speed cassette on 8 speed hub

I just picked up a cheap wheelset to replace the wheels on a vintage bike. The old bike had a 5 speed freewheel (I think. The model printed on it is shimano-ug). The new rear hub is a shimano fh-rm30 ...
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Can hubs last forever?

In theory, could a bicycle hub last forever if you kept overhauling it (and getting new spokes and rims and etc.)? I'd like to know about all the hubs, but what really interests me is whether or not ...
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Help me understand my 8-speed uniglide compatibility issue

I have a Dura Ace 8-speed uniglide rear hub/freewheel marked 'Integrated 8 SIS' and an 8 speed uniglide 14-21T cassette. Two issues - the first being that the smallest cog needs to be a special 32mm ...