Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    1
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    7 speed cassettes

    So here is my first post and first question.

    What are the downsides of having a 7 speed cassettes instead of more? Does more cassettes mean more speed or something else?
    All I managed to find out is that chain is thinner on more cassettes?

    Thanks for help and hope to see you around some more.

  2. #2
    your god hates me Bob Ross's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    2,978
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    More cogs on the rear cassette means smaller changes from one gear to the next...which means you can shift more often, making incremental changes to your gear-inches, and therefore better maintain uniform effort over varied terrain.

  3. #3
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,197
    Mentioned
    19 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    A 7 speed is fine as long as it meets your needs and better if the range is kept close... when you start looking at wider ranges on cassettes adding a few more cogs closes those steps between gears and can help with maintaining cadence.

    I still ride a vintage road bicycle with a 7 speed but the 13-26 does not cause too many issues as the changes between cogs are 2 teeth at the bottom end and 3 for the last two changes.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Above ground, Walnut Creek, Ca
    My Bikes
    7 single speed road
    Posts
    3,977
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i have five speed transmissions on both of my motorcycles, i wish they were four speeds. just a nuisance really, the engines have plenty of torque for normal driving. IMO, the same goes for bicycle transmissions.

  5. #5
    Senior Member OldsCOOL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    northern michigan
    My Bikes
    '88 Cannondale Criterium, Trek Pro Series
    Posts
    5,209
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a 7sp cassette on this '88 Cannondale. Up front there is a road double crankset 39/53. There are rides that I will use all the cogs on back, 12-28 and use that half-step approach. Never once have I felt the need to have closer spacing or more gears on the cassette. That 7 can do the job.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

    '85 Trek 460 road racer

    '89 Raleigh Technium PRE

    '79 Motobecane Super Mirage

  6. #6
    Senior Member hermanchauw's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Singapore
    My Bikes
    GT Zone, 90's Diamondback model unknown
    Posts
    105
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    More gears: more selection of speeds to suit the gradient.

    Less gears: less.

    Just compare any multispeed to singlespeed. Multispeed is more efficient in this manner.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •