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    12-23 cassette on a MTB?

    I need to replace my cassette on my mtb that is my comuter around Chicago. I on my old 12-28 I found myself almost never ever using the 4 largest cogs, so I am wondering if a road cassette would be good option for me.

    Anyone running this? Any issues?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtp View Post
    Anyone running this? Any issues?
    Yes and no.

    Road cassettes are common amongst the gravity set. I run one in conjunction with a short cage derailleur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro View Post
    Yes and no.

    Road cassettes are common amongst the gravity set. I run one in conjunction with a short cage derailleur.
    Are you running that on the 4X, or the SX? Or both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    Are you running that on the 4X, or the SX? Or both?
    4X (with a 36T front). The SX is 11-34 with a 32T front.

    In low gear, they both climb about the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro View Post
    4X (with a 36T front). The SX is 11-34 with a 32T front.

    In low gear, they both climb about the same.
    You are an animal! I live where there are short climbs and I can't imagine life without a 22 ring. Let alone, no granny ring plus a road cassete. All of a sudden, I feel like a "flower pickin fairy girl"

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    You are an animal! I live where there are short climbs and I can't imagine life without a 22 ring. Let alone, no granny ring plus a road cassete. All of a sudden, I feel like a "flower pickin fairy girl"
    I don't know about all that - let's just say I'm not afraid to push - it's almost as fast as spinning a granny and I get the simplicity and security of a chainguide without the hassle of a FD and its appurtenant crap.

    Most of my local climbs are 1 minute or less anyway so I just try and conserve as much momentum as possible, then stand and hammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtp View Post
    I need to replace my cassette on my mtb that is my comuter around Chicago. I on my old 12-28 I found myself almost never ever using the 4 largest cogs, so I am wondering if a road cassette would be good option for me.

    Anyone running this? Any issues?
    Easily done! As long as you're running the correct number of cogs [i.e. 9-speed for both], you shouldn't have issues. As gastro mentioned, a short cage derailleur can be used, but your existing derailleur should work fine too.
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    sweet! I am going to give this a shot.....and what makes me smile is that I found a sram cassette for less than the forte 12-32 I was about to get


    thanks
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    I'm running an 11-26 with a 38T up front. It works great for what it's intended for: pointing it downhill and pulling the trigger. It is definitely a beast to trail ride with, though (especially packing 43+ lbs.). Too tall of gears to sit and spin most hills of consequence; but I'm getting a workout this season .
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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    I'm running an 11-16 with a 38T up front.
    Wow - that's one tight set of gears -

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    Quote Originally Posted by sscyco View Post
    Wow - that's one tight set of gears -
    Gives new meaning to close ratio, About as close to SS as you can get and still have a shifter on the bike

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    ^^ Oops! Fixed it above. Dispeptic . . . dixcleptic . . . dyslexic fingers this morning.

    11-26

    11-26

    11-26

    There.

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    11 - 11.5 - 12 - 12.33 - 12.66 - ..................

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    HA HA! I Blame my keyboard in those situations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sscyco View Post
    11 - 11.5 - 12 - 12.33 - 12.66 - ..................
    Haha! True, I probably don't have a very broad powerband - - but I probably don't need that close of ratios .

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    I have a 11-23 on my road bike - I would like that tight of spacing on my mtb, but I would need a 11t granny to make it up some of the climbs I do.

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