So... I'm a little on the lazy side when it comes to replacements. I've been riding the same cassette for the last, oh I'd say 4 years, and it's part of a bike I purchased used, and prior to that had been through hell. It's sort of a jalopy of parts, all on a Heckler X frame (not sure what year, as far as I know it's sometime between 99 and 2002). The lockring says it's a Shimano Hyperglide (of course not which model, that would be simple and well thought out!) of some kind, biggest ring is a 32, but the back side of the stack is black, which gives me SRAM vibes... I don't recall Shimano ever doing color on their cassettes, but of course I could be wrong. Is the lockring just misleading and probably just a spare the dude I bought it from had lying around? Is this some kind of crazy mishmash of parts? Or am I on stupid side? Probably the latter, hence why I came to ask you gents and ladygents.
Long story short, I've been through 3 chains on this cassette, which means it's more than primed for replacement (as I recall, every new chain deserves a new cassette), I just have no idea which! I know it's gotta be 8-speed (I'd rather not replace any shifters this time around, unless all the currently available 8-speed cassettes are garbage) and that's pretty much it.
BONUS: To whoever can tell me what the pluck this crankset is, 10 internet kudos points to you. I know it's a Raceface (it kinda screams it at you on the crankarm) I just need to replace the biggest ring because it's missing a tooth. Does it matter which one I get as long as the number of holes is the same for mounting, or do I have to find one from that era? I was looking at all their newest models, and they seem to be of the 4 bolt variety, and mine has like 6, so I'm assuming I need to find something that can fit. Any ideas? Suggestions? This bike is absolute perfection for me... fits likes a dream, ugly as fudge (no one steals ugly bikes) and takes a beating wherever it ends up. I feel like I need to mount a bottle opener on this thing somewhere...
Thanks in advance, you guys and gals have always done right by me on here, so I got faith in ya', and sorry for the truly awful pictures, I'm sure there's a "worst photography" award somewhere with my name on it.
And for posterity's sake, the whole bike: