Originally Posted by Homebrew01
If the current gears suits your needs, then stick with it. If the lower gear won't get used, then you'll effectively have a 6-speed, not a 7.
The lower gearing is not of concern to me. I live in Florida and the steepest things I climb are overpasses and bridges. The only reason I'd change the gearing
is if I went with the SRAM cassette. They don't have one in 11-28, at least none that Google showed. Since the SRAM is cheaper than the Shimano I was curious
what the gearing change would do. From additional research I've done it appears that most folks prefer Shimano over SRAM due to performance, meaning
the Shimano has crisper, more accurate shifts. But it's also $20 more! It's a tough decision; save money or get better performance. I'm starting to ride more and longer distances and when I ride, I ride a pretty fast pace with lots of shifting due to the overpasses and bridges. So performance is a plus, just not sure if it's worth the extra $$.
Thanks for the post!!