- Worth shelling out on expensive cassettes?
or an SLX with the
plasticalu spider arm carrying the larger cogs.
I think XT are worth it, significant weight savings. XTR are harder to justify – marginally lighter, but less durable. X.0 and XX are lighter still, but also even more expensive. Both are fully steel though, so durability should be better than XTR, must say my XX cassette did last very well, but I know a lot of people who’ve found the opposite.
So… sort of.Posted 4 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
XTR are harder to justify – marginally lighter…
The old 9spds were significantly lighter.
But also significantly more expensive.
Pro road teams used to run Ultegra cassettes a few years back as they lasted longer than Dura-Ace – not sure if this is still the case.Posted 4 years agocuberiderMember
My pricey(ish) SRAM PG980 cassette has worn only after a single year whereas the stock Alvio HG50 had lasted about twice that time.
I understand there are all sorts of variables but I’m interested to hear your opinion on whether it’s worth paying extra for lighter cassettes and if so, what models do you recommend?
As a side issue, is there any way of getting hold of replacement rings so you don’t have to throw away the entire cassette? Seems pretty wasteful.Posted 4 years agoorangeboyMember
For me xt is a good comprises for my main bike
Not silly money shifts well and light ish
But for the xc hardtail I did splash out on xx cassette for it.Posted 4 years ago
bike only gets used in the summer and does not do mega miles
The while drive chain is xx inc grip shift and works so well , worth the money Erm maybe notthisisnotaspoonMember
Pro road teams used to run Ultegra cassettes a few years back as they lasted longer than Dura-Ace – not sure if this is still the case.
On the basis they get given them for free that seems hard to believe. More likely they needed a smidgen more weight to meet the UCI limit.
Unless you don’t ride much a year is quite along time to get out of a cassette, I used to make them last a year when I was a student but they were properly shagged by the end. Now I use SLX or XT depending on whats in the sales at the time, but I ride SS so much that they rarely get worn out.Posted 4 years agoaphex_2kMember
Just replaced an old 990 with another, new 990. Planet X were doing good deals and I’ve been more than happy with my old one. I haven’t scrimped on any other part and don’t buy new stuff for the sake of it, just replace when the old stuff has worn out. To be honest, my old 990 is still fine but I’ve bought new wheels so now have the old wheels and chain with slicks on for commuting and new wheels/chain/cassette for off road duty – made sense for a new one with new wheels.Posted 4 years agojedimindtricksMember
Spend as much as you feel you can afford. If you can spend £100 every year on a cassette then why not..
Personally I’d take the XT/SLX everytime, good performance and doesn’t destroy the freebody or your pocket.. If you go for a cheap cassette you’ll be spending another £50 on a freebody in a years time so won’t actually be saving lol.
Unless the freebody is steel then it doesn’t matter about damage from cassette. 🙂Posted 4 years agomrelectricSubscriber
My XX that came with the Nerve has lasted as long as 3 or more XT did on the Rock Springs & is even lighter. No marks on the titanium tho the biggest is alu and might be weak link (I’d heard this can be replaced but don’t know any more, anyone?)Posted 4 years ago
So a shed load more but pays for itself over 2-3 yrs.deadkennySubscriber
Weight – not fussed
It’s practical reasons that force me to buy expensive.
As mentioned earlier – swiss cheese ali freehubs (*cough* Crank Brothers *cough* ), you need ali spiders on the cassette to stop them eating the freehub.
In my case (again down to CB), I need an ali lockring also else, as happened, the thread on the freehub can be damaged.
And finally (again CB hub fault!)… I’m forced to use Shimano as the screws on the back of SRAM 10 speed cassettes interfere with the hub. A shame as I find the shifting a little smoother and less wear with SRAM cassettes (the fancy XT Shimano one I’ve got has worn before the chain!).Posted 4 years ago
No marks on the titanium tho the biggest is alu and might be weak link (I’d heard this can be replaced but don’t know any more, anyone?)
They’re steel, hence lasting well, ti is softer. You can replace the biggest sprocket, but one doesn’t tend to use it that much, so it lasts well. Chainrings are normally alu after all, and they last a reasonable time with far more use.
Have to say mine wasn’t that good, but it did seem to last longer. I don’t doubt if one was more proactive with chain replacement you could get a good life out of them.Posted 4 years ago
Perhaps. I’d still do that though, never really found chainring life varies depending on chain replacement.
I find a chain is worn enough to take out the cassette after 3 months, but will happily last a year until its completely dead. So you’d need 4 chains or £40+ worth to preserve a £15 cassette. Assuming steel rings too, the likelihood is that you’ll need a new middle ring, so another £15 or so. Still cheaper.Posted 4 years ago
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