Bicycle Mechanics - 14-26 cassette?
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04-10-06, 04:06 PM
With the terrain I cycle, and with the geartrain I have, I need nothing more than a 14-26 cassette in Shimano 8-speed. Does anybody make such an item, or is there a way to make my own?
04-10-06, 04:17 PM
What do you do? Ride uphill both ways?
Pretty sure you can. I did a 14-28 in 9-speed once. You can probably get the first position 14 from http://www.SheldonBrown.com or http://www.Branford bikes.com. Exactly what you can do with your 8-speed depends on what you've got to work with, how your cogs are assembled, which are individuals and which are fixed together, and if they can be separated.
04-10-06, 07:55 PM
If you can find a shop with old stock(We had a wall of cogs for building cassettes many years ago) or a shop that handles the single speed guys you should be able to get that setup with out to much trouble.
04-10-06, 08:08 PM
There is no "up" or "down" here. It's ALL flat. That's why the 14-26 range is what I asked for.
Here is another source for cogs, they seem to have a first position 14: http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=list&PageID=30&Category=705&Brand=367&type=T
04-11-06, 02:23 AM
Thanks - may be academic - I found a 13-26 that's probably close enough.
04-11-06, 03:03 AM
Sure you can. When I was a junior racer, we had to make our own cassettes and freewheels to fit the gear restrictions. I wound up with 50/39 front rings and a 15,16,17,18,19,20,21,23 cassette on my 8 speed hubs, and even turned an older Sachs 7 spd hub into an 8 speed (new axle and spacers) with a custom built 8 speed freewheel for racing. Almost anything can be done, you just have to find the right parts.
04-11-06, 05:53 PM
....We had a wall of cogs for building cassettes many years ago....
Was the "cog board" really for cassettes or for freewheels? I remember many Sun Tour, Campy and Shimano freewheel cog boards but can't recall seeing one for any make of casette.
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