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12 Huge Cassettes For 1x Drivetrains That Aren’t Shimano Or SRAM

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Not so long ago, wide-range cassettes were an Exciting New Thing. Actually, we still think they’re pretty exciting, and we’re seeing more brands outside the two Big S brands – Shimano and SRAM – bringing out their own versions.

That got us wondering: how many wide-range mountain bike cassettes are there out there? You know, from brands other than Shimano and SRAM?

After a little bit of digging, it turns out there are actually quite a few. So here for your tooth-ogling pleasure, are eight different wide-range cassettes for 1×11 and 1×12 drivetrains, listed in order of their gearing range.

kcnc 12-speed cassette 1x12
KCNC has squeezed in a staggering 578% range into its huge 12-speed cassette.

1. KCNC MTB 12-Speed Cassette

No, that is not a typo. This cassette, from the Taiwanese manufacturer of all things CNC machined and lightweight, KCNC, has a preposterously ostentatious range of 578%. Eagle what?

Information is a bit limited on this cassette – the official KCNC website makes no mention of it – but we did find it on the webshop, where it appears to be available for a reasonable €247.50. Unbelievably, even with that huge gearing range, this cassette is purported to weigh just 325g, which is lighter than XTR 9100 (363g) and XX1 Eagle (360g).

  • Ratio: 9-52t
  • Range: 578%
  • Tooth Count: 9-10-12-15-18-22-26-30-34-40-46-52t
  • Compatibility: SRAM XD freehub body
  • Construction: 7075 alloy (30-52t) & SACM645 steel (9-26t)
  • Claimed Weight: 325g
  • RRP: €247.50
  • Website: KCNC
e*thirteen cassette 12-speed 1x12 e13
e13 has launched a new TRS+ cassette with more range and refined shifting.

2. e*thirteen TRS+ 12-Speed Cassette

The TRS+ cassette from e*thirteen is a wholesale update over the brand’s previous offering. The construction is all new, with a new system for interlocking the two halves together, and we’re told both the shifting and overall durability has been improved too.

The headline grabber is the mahoosif 9-50t option, but e*thirteen is also offering the new TRS+ cassette in a tighter 9-46t block, and an 11-speed 9-46t block too.

  • Ratio: 9-50t
  • Range: 556%
  • Tooth Count: 9-11-13-15-17-20-23-27-31-36-42-50t
  • Compatibility: SRAM XD freehub body
  • Construction: 2 alloy cogs (42-50t) & 10 steel cogs (9-36t)
  • Claimed Weight: 325g
  • RRP: $299 USD
  • Website: e*thirteen
general lee leonoardi racing cassette 12-speed
Oooh shiny.

3. Leonardi Racing General Lee 9-48t 12-Speed Cassette

We won’t blame you if you haven’t heard of this crew. Leonardi Racing is a boutique Italian manufacturer that produces just a handful of niche components, including Cannondale Lefty-compatible stems, and 450mm long alloy seatposts for the leggiest of legs.

Leonardi Racing also manufactures drivetrain bits, as well as this humongous 12-speed General Lee cassette with an XTR/Eagle-beating range of 533%. If you want a tighter block, you can also get a 9-46t option, and for 1×11 users, there’s a 9-45t option for you too.

  • Ratio: 9-48t
  • Range: 533%
  • Tooth Count: 9-11-13-15-17-20-23-27-31-35-41-48t
  • Compatibility: SRAM XD freehub body
  • Construction: 7057 T6 alloy for 3 largest cogs (35-48t) & 9 steel cogs (9-31t)
  • Claimed Weight: 354g
  • RRP: €379
  • Website: Leonardi Racing
cassette 1x12 drivetrain seqlite
SEQlite offers many cassettes, and a 12-speed shifter too.

4. SEQlite 9-48t 12-Speed Cassette

Sharing the same range as Leonardi’s General Lee cassette is this 9-48t cassette from SEQlite. We’ve seen this fella pop up in various news stories from the Taipei Bike Show, but aside from that, details are pretty limited on the internets.

What we do know is that it’s designed to fit a SRAM XD freehub body, with the cassette splitting into two halves; one made from alloy and one made from steel. SEQlite offers a pretty comprehensive range of other cassettes, which include super light all-alloy and all-titanium blocks for the roadie set.

  • Ratio: 9-48t
  • Range: 533%
  • Tooth Count: 9-11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-48t
  • Compatibility: SRAM XD freehub body
  • Construction: 7075 alloy for 4 largest cogs (32-48t) & 8 steel cogs (9-28t)
  • Claimed Weight: 375g
  • Pricing & Availability TBC
  • Website: SEQlite
rotor cassette drivetrain 1x13 13-speed derailleur hydraulic shifter
Rotor’s 13-speed drivetrain includes an enormous 10-52t cassette.

5. Rotor 1×13 MTB 13-Speed Cassette

We reported on Rotor’s prototype 1×13 drivetrain from Eurobike, where the Spanish brand stunned the crowd by unveiling a cassette with 13 sprockets and a vast 10-52t range. Additionally, Rotor showed off a new hydraulic trigger shifter and clutched derailleur, just to make sure everyone was paying attention.

Rotor’s 13-speed cassette varies from others in this list in that it’s made specifically for the 1×13 groupset. Part of this is due to the wider cassette spacing – you’ll need a Rotor freehub to fit all 13 cogs onto your rear wheel.

While Rotor has made the road & gravel variant of its 1×13 drivetrain available to the public, they’re still yet to bring the off-road version beyond the prototyping phase.

  • Ratio: 10-52t
  • Range: 520%
  • Tooth Count: 10-11-12-13-15-17-19-22-26-31-37-44-52t
  • Compatibility: Rotor 13-Speed freehub body
  • Construction: Alloy for 6 largest cogs (26-52t) & 7 steel cogs (10-22t)
  • Claimed Weight: 331g
  • Pricing & Availability TBC
  • Website: Rotor Bike
sunrace 1x12 mz90 drivetrain cassette derailleur shifter chain
We’ve checked out 11-speed and 12-speed cassettes from SunRace before.

6. SunRace CS-MZ91 12-Speed Cassette

One of the bigger names to tackle SRAM & Shimano head-on in the drivetrain world is SunRace. The brand already has a comprehensive range of 8/9/10/11-speed cassettes, but it more recently debuted a full 1×12 drivetrain, including its own shifter and derailleur.

A key part of the 1×12 drivetrain is the MZ90 & MZ91 wide-range cassette. The former is a Shimano HG freehub-compatible 11-50t cassette, while the latter is a SRAM XD-compatible 10-50t cassette. Aside from the extra cog, the overall construction is very similar to the 11-speed SunRace MX80 11-50t cassette we reviewed, so it ain’t no featherweight.

  • Ratio: 10-50t
  • Range: 500%
  • Tooth Count: 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-50t
  • Compatibility: SRAM XD freehub body (11-50t Shimano compatible version also available)
  • Construction: 7075 Alloy for central spider & 2 largest cogs (42-50t) & 10 steel cogs (10-36t)
  • Claimed Weight: 579g
  • RRP: Approximately £124.99
  • Website: SunRace
12-speed cassette 1x12 garbaruk
Garbaruk’s cassette is lighter and cheaper than SRAM Eagle XX1.

7. Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette

Ukranian brand, Garbaruk, is also on the Eagle-range-but-not-Eagle cassette bandwagon. Compared to SunRace though, Garbaruk has gone a lot harder with the machining work to produce a 12-speed 10-50t cassette that is claimed to weigh just 342g. That’s light.

So why would you buy it over an XX1 cassette then? Well it’s lighter, cheaper, and you can get that 50t sprocket in eight different colour options, which is sweet. There’s also a 10-48t spread that tightens the range just a touch, while dropping a couple more grams.

  • Ratio: 10-50t
  • Range: 500%
  • Tooth Count: 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-50t
  • Compatibility: SRAM XD freehub body (11-50t Shimano compatible version also available)
  • Construction: 7075-T6 alloy for largest cog (50t) & 11 steel cogs (10-42t)
  • Claimed Weight: 342g
  • RRP: $314 USD
  • Website: Garbaruk
ingrid 12-speed cassette
Ingrid claims its 12-speed 10-48t cassette weighs just 318g.

8. Ingrid 12-Speed Cassette

Another European entrant on our list, this time courtesy of Singletrack reader @irollones, who pointed us in the direction of Ingrid – an Italian manufacturer based just outside of San Marino. In addition to alloy cranks and 1x chainrings, Ingrid also produces two beautifully machined cassettes; an 11-speed 10-46t cassette, and this fella; a 12-speed 10-48t cassette.

Designed to thread onto a SRAM XD freehub body, this cassette is made from two halves; an alloy block that forms the top three sprockets, and a steel billet that makes up the remaining 9 smaller sprockets. Both halves have been CNC machined within an inch of their life, hence the impressive 318g weight.

  • Ratio: 10-48t
  • Range: 480%
  • Tooth Count: 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-48t
  • Compatibility: SRAM XD freehub body
  • Construction: 7075-T6 alloy for 3 largest cogs (36-48t) & 9 steel cogs (10-32t)
  • Claimed Weight: 318g
  • RRP: €339
  • Website: Ingrid Bike
hope cassette 11-speed 1x11 freehub
Made right here in the UK, and designed specifically for 1×11 drivetrains.

9. Hope 11-Speed Cassette

Manufactured in Barnoldswick alongside Pro4 hubs, Tech 3 E4 disc brakes and the HB160 carbon enduro bike, Hope’s cassettes are built in two halves. The top four sprockets are CNC machined from a single billet of alloy, while the seven smallest sprockets begin life as a single billet of steel. It is very light at less than 300g, but it is also designed specifically to fit on Hope’s own freehub design though, so you need a Hope rear hub to run this cassette.

The 11-speed cassette is available in a 10-40t ratio, a 10-44t ratio, and then this banger; the 10-48t ratio. The 480% range is just shy of Eagle’s 500% range, but there is one less cog here. That makes it a solid option for existing 1×11 users who are looking for more range without having to dump a load of cash on a whole new 12-speed drivetrain.

  • Ratio: 10-48t
  • Range: 480%
  • Tooth Count: 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-33-40-48t
  • Compatibility: Hope freehub body
  • Construction: Billet alloy for 4 largest cogs (28-48t) & 7 steel cogs (10-24t)
  • Claimed Weight: 296g
  • RRP: £175
  • Website: Hope Technology
trw active cassette 11-speed
For 1×11 users, the TRW Active cassette has a huge 11-52t spread.

10. TRW Active TRW2 Hybrid 11-Speed Cassette

Alongside SunRace, Box Components, Microshift, and Rotor, TRW Active is another brand having a crack at the drivetrain market, with a range that includes shifters, derailleurs, cranksets, chains and cassettes.

Based out of New Mexico, TRW Active currently has four 11-speed cassettes on offer, including an 11-50t ratio and this huge 11-52t ratio. Both ratios are available in two levels; one with that features all-steel sprockets, and this ‘Hybrid’ that drops some grams by making the biggest two sprockets out of alloy.

Out of this list of cassettes, the TRW Active is one of the few that will fit a Shimano HG freehub body, rather than a SRAM XD freehub body. That’s why it only goes down to an 11t cog.

  • Ratio: 11-52t
  • Range: 474%
  • Tooth Count: 11-13-16-20-24-28-32-36-40-46-52t
  • Compatibility: Shimano HG freehub body
  • Construction: Alloy for 2 largest cogs (46-52t) & 9 steel cogs (11-24t)
  • Claimed Weight: 497g
  • RRP: $119 USD
  • Website: TRW Active
ZTTO cassette 12-speed
For just over $100 USD, there are loads of cassette options on Aliexpress – like this ZTTO one.

11. ZTTO SLR2 12-Speed Cassette

As helpfully pointed out by Singletrack reader @IvanMTB, there are a bunch of Far East wide-range cassettes popping up on webshops like Aliexpress and eBay. Once I started looking, I found myself in something of a rabbit hole populated by brands like ‘Z-Race’, ‘Robesbon’, ‘Wuzei’, and ‘Sunshine’ (great ripoff of the Shimano logo too). If you want to go down this rabbit hole of misleading keywords and dubious imagery, strap yourself in.

One of the cassettes that caught my attention was this ZTTO SLR2 cassette, which like the TRW Active model above, gets a humongous 11-52t spread. However, with the four largest sprockets being made from CNC’d alloy, the weight is a surprisingly competitive 418g. As to shift quality and durability? That’s for us to ponder and for willing guinea pigs to discover.

  • Ratio: 11-52t
  • Range: 474%
  • Tooth Count: 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-40-46-52t
  • Compatibility: Shimano HG freehub body
  • Construction: CNC alloy for 4 largest cogs (36-52t) & steel for 8 smallest cogs (11-32t)
  • Claimed Weight: 418g
  • RRP: $109.26 USD
  • Website: Aliexpress
Box components two-e cassette 9-speed
The Box Two-E cassette goes for less speeds, with more range.

12. Box Components Two-E 9-Speed Cassette

So this cassette doesn’t have the most impressive range amongst all these 11 & 12-speed cassettes, but the 11-50t spread becomes a whole lot more interesting when you realise this is actually a 9-speed cassette.

As part of Box Components Box Two-E 1×9 drivetrain, this cassette brings a huge 454% range to a good ol’ 9-speed platform that has only dreamed of such a range up until now. Box’ theory is that e-MTBs don’t need to have really small gaps between each gear, and less shifting is actually a good thing for a chain that’s being driven by both your legs and a 250W motor.

The Two-E cassette will slide onto a regular Shimano freehub body, but given the huge 50t sprocket (and the clearance it requires) this is a cassette that you’ll want to be running with the specific Box Two-E derailleur.

  • Ratio: 11-50t
  • Range: 454%
  • Tooth Count: 11-13-15-18-22-28-34-42-50t
  • Compatibility: Shimano HG freehub body
  • Construction: Steel for all 9 cogs with alloy carrier
  • Claimed Weight: 650g
  • RRP: $109.99 USD
  • Website: Box Components

So there you go – 12 different cassettes for 1x drivetrains from 12 brands that are neither Shimano or SRAM. It would certainly appear that if you’re after a wide-range cassette for a 1×12, 1×11, or even a 1×9 mountain bike drivetrain, there has never been more choice than right now.

But we’re sure there are more. What else did we miss? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  • IvanMTB
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    You missing out whole load of Far East 12 speed productions available for really reasonable money.
    S-Ride, TRW, Zitto and Z-Race to only mention a few…


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    @IvanMTB – Cheers for the head’s up! Looks like there’s a whole load of those on Aliexpress and eBay for not much money. Wonder if they’re all unique or perhaps coming out of the same place?

    – That cassette looks insane! The machining detail is lovely, and 318g for that range?? Impressive. Great suggestion!

    [ST Wil]

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    379 euros for a cassette ?
    Even before any post-brexit collapse of sterling, that’s still stupid money.
    I see the emperor has ANOTHER set of new clothes.

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    Has anyone managed to use another 10-45/6 or 9-46t (12 speed cassette) with Shimanos M9100 Shifter and GS rear derailleur? (micro splines are in short supply with wheel builders whist they license them), Best alternative I can see is SRAM 10-46 on XD driver freehub – but only for 11 speed in that range (with max of 46).

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    let add some more info about ROTOR.
    We do have not only 1x13s but 1x12s cassettes as well, these ones Shimano HG 10-11s compatible Freehubs:

    * 11-12-13-15-17-19-22-25-29-34-39-46t
    * 11-12-13-15-17-19-22-26-31-37-44-52t
    * 10-11-12-13-15-17-19-22-25-29-34-39-46t
    * 10-11-12-13-15-17-19-22-26-31-37-44-52t

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    MSC Bikes. 11 and 12 speed options, lighter and heavy depending on price point.

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    I’m running a Miche 11 speed 11-46 (470g) and they do a 12 speed 12-51 (486g)
    RRPs are £84.99 & £119.99
    Happy with it so far. Was running Sunrace before that.

    One thing to note is that a Shimano 11 speed rear mech will allow you to run a 10 speed wide range cassette with no other mods. On another bike I’m running a Sunrace 10 spd 11-46 with a Shimano 11apd mech and it works perfectly.

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