Join Date: May 2007
Location: Bonsall, Ca
Bikes: 2003 Cannondale Jekyll 1000, 2014 Fuji Finest 1.5 (wife), 2008 Fuji Finest 1.0 (Daughter), 2012 Fuji Cross 2.0 (son), 2011 Cannondale Road Tandem 2
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Broken/Lost gear IRD 11-32
Was out for a ride with my daughter yesterday and at some point lost a gear. At 16 of 23 miles taking off from a stop light we suddenly found ourselves spinning free. Pulled over and on initial review it looked as if the lock ring on the cassette had come loose. Tightened it down as best I could by hand, moved us to the middle of the cassette and babied it home.
When we got back home I inspected the cassette, initially saw nothing, and went to put it back together and tighten it with the right tools. When it would not tighten I pulled it all back apart and inspected it as well as the hub again. This time i noticed a crack on the 21 tooth but that would not account for the looseness. Finally I went to the simplest question and counted the rings, whoops, only 9! At some point during the ride we lost the entire 13 tooth ring off of the cassette
So I ask, am I asking too much of the cassette? I ride with multiple stokers but most often my daughter. Normal Team weight varies from #403
on the low end to #455
however I do also ride with the Blind Stokers Club as a sub captain a few times a year and with this months stoker we topped out at #535
. The bike is about a year and a half old and has just shy of 1600 miles/50,000ft elevation. I checked the chain after the last ride and it showed just under 1/16 in stretch so I have ordered a replacement. Should I steer clear of the IRD cassette? Is there a good alternative wide range cassette if so?