- Prices of kit – eg XT 9 speed cassettes… Wooooh!
Just a slight moan re kit prices… seems excessive even despite currency fluctuations….
I am in need of a new 9 speed cassette ( again ) and I normally like to use Xts re carrier to save the alloy freehub bodies on my hubs from getting too chewed up by deores etc BUT i was taken aback – 50 -60 quid now even from CRC / merlin etc – was unhappy last time the prices went up to 40 quid – I tend to go through a few a year and numerous chains – its getting very dear – makes a rohloff seem better…. or shock horror a singlespeed!
Is shimano maybe pricing older 9spd users onto 10 spd by offering 10 spd cheaper now? Lbs says its to make XT ‘aspirational ‘ again as it was in the past as it had been too cheap….
just a thought – seems ridiculous that a deore costs 20 /25 quid and an xt now 50/60 quid….Also I wish that the cogs were replaceable as its always one or 2 that get pounded – thought that was the original idea depend a cassette to be rebuildable !! seems wasteful in such ‘green enlightened times’…
paulPosted 7 years agoluked2Member
Go single speed!
You’ll have the pleasure of single speeding itself, with the added bonus of knowing that you’re giving Shimano something to think about.
The only part that seems to wear out is the chain (about £12 each every 500-1000 miles). I imagine one day I’ll need to replace a sprocket – but at £4 each I can afford it. As for chain rings – the Surly chainring I’ve got looks almost new.
I’m not even sure you go any slower than geared riders tbh, as so many of them seem to be completely ignorant of momentum. I’ve lost count of the number of geared riders I see stalling on quite gentle slopes – they’re just clueless.
And you spend less time cleaning your bike and more time riding it.Posted 7 years agonjee20Subscriber
Most of the German shops are good, I’ve used Bike Components, Bike24 and Action Sports for tyres and bits in the past.
I have to wonder though, how are you going through so many cassettes? If you change your chain when it wears your cassette should last alright, and if you wear it all out you shouldn’t need to buy chains as often! Somethings wrong if you’re replacing chains and cassettes many times a year!Posted 7 years agojamesMember
I Think Deore casettes have always been about that heavy. (same goes for HG60 and SRAM 950/970) 11-34T models weigh more again than 11-32T casettes
Part carrier casettes like SLX or SRAM 980 get the weight under 300g for 11-32T, just over for 11-34T IIRC* (XT is 256g for 11-32T?)
*though I may be wrongPosted 7 years agoHoratioHufnagelMemberjamesMember
I’ve just seen CRC has 11-32T (280g) and 11-34T (310g) SRAM PG980’s for £28 ea.
Best I’ve seen for 11-32T (282g) and 11-34T (315g) SLX’s is £34 on merlin
CRC have PG990’s for £39-45 depending on colour. I can only assume they’re lighter than PG980’s, though I’m pretty sure they’re still heavier than XT
Merlin have XT 11-32T (256g) and 11-34T(n/a) for £48 ea.
So £/g wise thats 24g for £20 from PG980 to XT in 11-32T? Slightly better than 1g/£, which can only be made worse by it being a casette and it’ll want chucking at some pointPosted 7 years ago
I’m waiting to see if chain reaction will price match and go for the slx. If they do, then for an extra couple of quid i’ll be able to get 3 (received vouchers as a christmas present) instead of 2 pg990. The weight saving is nothing really when they are being attached to a 29lb orange 5.Posted 7 years agojohnfbMember
snowpaul – if you just ruin the bottom few sprockets you can replace those:Posted 7 years ago
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