A simple sweet question that may well have a complex debated answer.
I'm in need of a new 9 speed cassette for my Jamis Nova.
I'm running a sram chain which seems agreeable with my shimano octalink cranks, & current 105 cassette.
I'm thinking the
Shimano Ultegea 12-27 - Expensive
SRAM 970 12-26 - Not too bad for price - Funky orange spacers
SRAM 950 12-26 - Great Price
What do ya think would be best. I'm no weight weenie, heck I can lose more then the diff in weight by jogging around the block before riding. But durabilty, & shifting are the questions since I use this bike for commuting in Seattles wonderful varied terrain.
Is there a major difference between these?
Is the Shimano worth the money?
Is the 970 that much cooler then the 950? (Orange spacers seem silly aesthetically; however I don't spend a lot of time staring at my cassette)
I'm also thinking of replacing some chain rings on this & my old trek multitrack 750 (Lugged!!) any prefered brand or type for either of those?
Thanks for your thoughts & advice. Flame if ya wanna as long as it has something to back it up