Bicycle Mechanics - MTB cassettes Shimano XTR vs SRAM
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10-09-08, 06:12 PM
I'm planning to modify one of my bikes to be more suited to climbing steep hills. The one I'm targeting has Shimano 105 9 speed w/ triple crank 30/39/52, I'm going to replace the rear derailluer with a long cage XTR. Now I'm looking at cassettes and haven't decided yet on 11-32, 11-34, or 12-34. What confuses me is the price dis parody between all the different models of Shimano and SRAM. I can see the XTRs three largest cogs are titanium, and is fairly light but >$200 is more than I plan to spend. Many of the SRAMs are ~$30-$65. Any opinions on the best bang for the buck in this area?
Thanks in advance,
if you're experimenting with gearing, then just get the cheapest instead of buying an expensive model.
10-10-08, 09:39 AM
Instead of changing the RD and cassette, why not just switch your inner chainring for a 26 instead of 30? It would be much cheaper (US$15-40 depending on brand). Don't forget to add a Third Eye chain watcher (about $10-15) or something similar to prevent your chain from dropping off the inside of your rings.
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