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    Shimano MTB Cassettes

    Who knows about Shimano XT and XTR cassettes?

    I have a vintage GT Xizang (titanium frame) mountain bike, with XTR throughout. In shopping for a new cassette for a second set of wheels (with Marathon Plus tires for touring and utility use) I'm considering XTR M960 vs. M975 vs. XT cassettes. Big price shifts!

    I want not only light, but super-durable. And maybe consistency in staying upper-end Shimano components is an ego thing, I don't know.

    What would you do? How much real difference is there?
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    Light and super durable huh? Pick one.

    Anyway, the major difference between the XT and XTR cassettes is the XTR has the largest 4 (5 on the new 10-speed) cogs made of titanium which reduces weight, reduces durability and increases cost. XT cassette cogs are all steel so it's heavier, more durable and cheaper. As I said, pick one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Light and super durable huh? Pick one.
    +1

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    xizangstan, If you've an 8S try the M737-1 11-28 cassette. Works well for my flat terrain and the street.

    Brad

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    Thanks, but I've changed over to a 9-speed rear. I was thinking 11-32 gear range, for mostly road rides.

    Of the two - lightweight and durability - I believe the most important is durability. Weight is a secondary consideration. But when I'm loading down the rear rack with a gazillion pounds of stuff, I don't suppose a couple grams more weight won't hurt. I just don't want to lose control on the weight consideration issue, though.
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    http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CCYQ8wIwAg#

    How about this Ultegra cassette?

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    Go with XT unless your a weight weenie.
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    Done.

    I asked you guys for your advice. Most of you told me to go with XT. I did. It should be here in a couple days.

    Thank you.
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