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    Cassette Question

    I'm buying a new 9 spd cassette. what's the difference between 11-32 and 11-34. I use a long cage derailleur. are there any inherent advantages or disadvantages with either cassette? Thanks in advance. happy trails!
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    i don't know that much about cassette numbers, but I think the 11 is the number of teeth on the smallest (hardest) cog, so those two are the same. the 32/34 is the number for the biggest (easiest) cog. and the more teeth the easier the gear. so the 11-34 has a slightly "easier" lowest gear. if that makes sense. someone correct me if i'm wrong please

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    interesting. your input is much appreciated. what can people tell me about gear ratios. i want to go fast.
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    Two teeth on the largest cog is the most obvious difference, but the progression of teeth are also different.

    11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-34

    11-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32

    Most people choose by the size of the largest cog.

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    for a little explanation on the calculations (and a neat speed calculator) see:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gain.html

    but basically, the bigger the front chainring, the harder/faster it goes. the smaller the chainring up front, the slower/easier it goes.

    the reverse is true for the cassette, the smaller the rear cog, the faster/harder it goes. and the bigger the rear cog, the slower/easier it goes. some of the speeds overlap, bikes don't have as many speeds as they advertise.

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    thanks a lot smittyben. that was the exactly the kind of advice i was looking for. happy trails all!
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