Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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The switch from a 32 to a 26 tooth large cog will allow you to remove 3 "half-links" but you can only remove them in groups of 2 so that's the best you can do. If you avoid the smallest two cogs in the Capreo cassette while in the middle or granny ring, the chain doesn't have to be changed at all.
However, what's the purpose of the change? The Capreo is intended for small wheel (20") bikes like Bike Fridays to get an adequately high top gear with out using absurdly large chainrings. Assuming your current bike is an MTB with a 44T big chainring, the Capreo will give a 127" top gear which is extremely high. Is your current 104" high gear not enough?