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Old 11-02-09, 09:53 PM   #1
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Best cog

In your opinion what is the best cog for under $25
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Old 11-02-09, 09:54 PM   #2
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I feel like all cogs under $25, as long as they are CNC'd, are pretty much the same.
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Old 11-02-09, 09:55 PM   #3
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duraace is like 28.00
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Old 11-02-09, 09:56 PM   #4
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Dura ace. And it's NJS if you care.
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Old 11-02-09, 10:22 PM   #5
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Generic FTW!

Yea shimano makes a pretty good cog.

IF you have the money there's always philwood ones....
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Old 11-02-09, 10:31 PM   #6
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They are pretty much the same as long they are not stamped ***.
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Old 11-02-09, 10:39 PM   #7
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A cog I don't like is Surly's. I don't know if it's the teeth profile or what, but it's noisy as hell.
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Old 11-02-09, 10:44 PM   #8
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A cog I don't like is Surly's. I don't know if it's the teeth profile or what, but it's noisy as hell.
I didn't know that about Surly's no wonder my drivetrain makes so much noise although I've lubed up my chain.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:16 PM   #9
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i've got generic stuff, works well. Here's one i just bought recently http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

It's pretty quiet and strong, seems like it'll last awhile.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:22 PM   #10
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I just switched to DA, and it seems marginally better than the $10 formula or whatever I had before.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:28 PM   #11
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DA is my choice. You can get a DA cog and lockring shipped from ebay for 30ish.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:28 PM   #12
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I have a surly and it is very noisy. I knew the noise is due to bad drive train match, but now this makes more sense. I am going to see if I an go get a new cog soon. I wanted to try something different anyways.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:30 PM   #13
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I too have a Surly. The only time I hear any noise is when I flip the bike over and have my ear next to the cog.
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well seems like the majority votes surly as being the cheapest. besides Aries and xxguitarist, does anyone else have experience w/ DA?

or generic ones for that matter?
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I have a Surly and it's quiet, but I am running it w/ Surly lockring and Surly hub. You guys might wanna try oiling and slackening your chains if they are noisy.
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Old 11-03-09, 12:16 AM   #16
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Really, when it comes to it, I don't think there are any huge differences in a given price range.
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I have a Surly and it's quiet, but I am running it w/ Surly lockring and Surly hub. You guys might wanna try oiling and slackening your chains if they are noisy.
That's not the problem. I really think it is the tooth profile. Compared to EAI, Dura Ace & Soma cogs, the teeth on the Surly's don't taper as much. It looks like they're thicker. I have no rationale for this making for a noisier drivetrain, but it's a lot quieter when I run the EAI.
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EAI all the way! smooth, quiet, and perfect chainline.

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There's really no point going for generic or other **** cogs when DA is $25-$30. Seriously. Is wrecking your hub worth saving what, $15 on a cog?
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There's really no point going for generic or other **** cogs when DA is $25-$30. Seriously. Is wrecking your hub worth saving what, $15 on a cog?
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Old 11-03-09, 01:29 AM   #21
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The best? Discarding the 25 buck being cheap method..

Eai gold and Phil wood
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Old 11-03-09, 04:26 AM   #22
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I'm very happy with the Surly. My chainline is pretty good, so I really don't hear much noise from the drivetrain while riding at all. My current Surly cog/lockring combo is much better quality than the Soma and Formula ones I've also owned. I snagged the combo for about $20 brand new, so I was pretty pleased with the deal I found.
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Old 11-03-09, 05:53 AM   #23
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If you want the best cog for the least money, the Miche cog/carrier system is the way to go. Once you buy the carrier, the cogs are about half the cost of a normal cog, and when worn you can flip them around and get another full life out of them, so the operating cost is about 25% of regular cogs.

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Old 11-03-09, 08:30 AM   #24
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I have a 16t cog with the hub being about centered. If i put a 18t cog on will I have to add a link to my chain?
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Just put on a 18t EAI about a month ago, it's smooth and quiet.
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