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Old 09-27-09, 02:44 AM   #1
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Capreo lifespan?

I`m just starting my looking and tire kicking in hopes of getting a folder in the next few months. While I could live with a top gear of 80-90 G.I., I`d prefer what I could get with a Capreo. I haven`t heard anything bad about them, but I`m a little suspicious that the cassettes will be fast wearing. Also a tiny bit concerned about the hubs themselves, but not so much as about the cassettes. Any major problems with the system? And just to confirm what I`ve been led to believe, they`re compatible with whatever RD and Shimano 9-speed shifters?
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Old 09-28-09, 09:21 AM   #2
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I`m just starting my looking and tire kicking in hopes of getting a folder in the next few months. While I could live with a top gear of 80-90 G.I., I`d prefer what I could get with a Capreo. I haven`t heard anything bad about them, but I`m a little suspicious that the cassettes will be fast wearing. Also a tiny bit concerned about the hubs themselves, but not so much as about the cassettes. Any major problems with the system? And just to confirm what I`ve been led to believe, they`re compatible with whatever RD and Shimano 9-speed shifters?
The hubs themselves are pretty standard. The freehub body is obviously different but the mechanics all look the same -- I serviced my Capreo hub once. Relative to when one would do this with a big-wheeled bike, I service the hubs on folders more frequently since for a given mileage/velocity, the hubs rotate more. I noticed no wear on the cups nor cones. If you like Shimano hubs, you should like the Capreo hubs.

Yes, the cassette has standard Shimano nine-speed spacing.

My cassette was beginning to act up recently. So I switched it for a new one. I would say that wear was quicker relative to my full-sized bike; but I still got a few thousand miles out of it. Clearly the capreo cassette is on the expensive side and you need a special lockring tool, but Shimano is pretty good (IMO) in supporting its products.
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Old 09-28-09, 12:54 PM   #3
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Thank you, IH. "A few thousand miles" for a $70 cassette didn`t sound very good at first, but now that I think about it, that probably translates to around three years for the use I`m planning to put it through. I can deal with that.
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I bought one, freehub and cassette.
but haven't decided to put on what bike.

using simple logic,
any freehub and cassette installed on a 16" wheel, would wear quicker, relative to a bigger wheel.
but may be the question is still there:
a capreo has the 9T cog. (other cassette, the smallest is 11T.
will the 9t wear quicker too? compared to the other cassette's 11T?

still, dahon chooses the capreo on their 2009 curve sL.
dahon is not gambling with the capreo quality, I suppose..
is it?
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using simple logic,
any freehub and cassette installed on a 16" wheel, would wear quicker, relative to a bigger wheel.
but may be the question is still there:
a capreo has the 9T cog. (other cassette, the smallest is 11T.
will the 9t wear quicker too? compared to the other cassette's 11T?

Yep.

One would think that all things equal, the 9t cog would wear quicker. Of course, it depends on how much you use each cog too. In my case -- with a 20" wheel -- cogs 11 and 13 went first.
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you guys are talking thousands and thousands of miles right ...... just to throw that into the discussion

to me it makes very little difference if something wears at 10000 miles versus 20000 miles
although in percentage : 100 % less durabilty is an awesome high number ..... right ?

with good care a capreo will last longer than anything else on any bike which doesnt get cleaned and serviced properly .....

In other words.... NO Worries mate..its good stuff

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I could understand being suspicious of cassette wear but I don't think wear will be the problem as much as easy cassette replacement if you aren't near a shop that has the removal tool. I've got two BF one with a single 44t chainring one one set up with 36/46 chainring. Most riding is done in the middle cogs and not the 9,10 cogs and the greatest torquing will occur in the largest cogs stomping up hills.
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Thanks for all the responses- if I end up going with a Capreo hub, I`ll make sure to order the removal tool right away (before I forget about it). It doesn`t really sound like it`s going to be a big issue.

A couple more questions about Capreo parts, if you don`t mind. Since I`m likely going to be buying used and there aren`t all that many Capreo bikes out there, I might be better off getting anything with a derailler drivetrain, and if I don`t like it after a few months, just swap in a new wheel and cassette and recheck the chain length. Is it as simple as that? And are the $225 hubs that BF sells the same as the ones Harris has for $50? Thanks again for your time.
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