Hi All - I am thinking about putting together a road bike based on the Surly Pacer steel frame. I am not planning to race the bike, but I would like to put together a bike that is a bit quicker and lighter than my current general purpose bike (old Trek 800 steel-framed mountain bike).
I'm thinking about installing a Harris Cyclery "Century Special" or "Century 12" 9-speed cassette.
This is a custom cassette that has a 12 or 13 tooth small cog and a 30 tooth large cog. The Sheldon Brown website says that it should work with most modern rear derailleurs (including short cage derailleurs).
Does anyone have any experience with this type of cassette? I am thinking about installing this to give me some extra low gears for the hilly routes around NH. I am planning on installing a triple chainring crank up front.
I would prefer to install a short cage derailleur instead of a mountain bike long cage derailleur on my road bike. Does the Century Special work well with such a short cage derailleur?
The Sheldon Brown website said you can often install a cog that exceeds the derailleurs max tooth limit, provided you don't use the smallest chainring in combination with the smallest rear cogs (too much slack in the chain if you do). Is this correct?
Thanks in advance.