Originally Posted by peabrook
I'm a roadie who uses an 8spd ATB cassette, 11-30 on a road bike.
Are 8spds being phased out on ATBs? They seem to be for road bikes. Do I
need to buy futures of 8 spd cassettes?
Folks such as Nashbar like to feature the "top of the line" components. But, the in-depth parts catalogs show there are still lots of six speed, seven speed, and eight speed parts around. And, there ought to be. The majority of bikes sold in the USA in 2005 are sold at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Target. And, those are usually seven or eight speed set-ups.
Most of my bikes are twenty years old. Never the slightest problem getting parts. I will be obsolete before my bikes are.