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Old 12-29-13, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by thegreatbelow View Post
At the moment I can only find cassettes that go up to 26 (13-26).
Is this really the smallest gear you could get on an 8 speed campag cassette

or is there a workaround?
Switch to a triple crank. 30x23 from 13-23 or 12-23 is like 39x30. 26x23 is like 39x34. 26x26 is like 39x39. Cog spacing doesn't change for flatter rides.

I rode 50-40-30 x 13-14-15-16-17-18-19-21 in the 8 speed era. Low like 42x29 for mountains, 13-19 straight block for plains.

Any help appreciated!
You could find an old (preferably NOS) 12-28, 13-28, 13-30, or 13-32 cassette although IIRC the last 20+ year old Record OR cassette I saw on ebay sold for about $140.

You could also install a 9/10 speed freehub and run a 9 speed big cog.

That said, switching to a triple with used parts could cost less.

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