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Cheapest way to good high range (11-51T, 10-50T, 11-46T, etc) rear drivetrain

Old 07-31-18, 01:28 PM
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Cheapest way to good high range (11-51T, 10-50T, 11-46T, etc) rear drivetrain

I'm looking for a good rear drivetrain. I say good because I don't need the absolutely lightest components, just something that shifts reliably and doesn't need constant maintenance. I do fully realize that you don't get good for cheap, so I'm looking for the most reasonably priced setup that fits my needs. Spending an extra $500 to get a 205 gram savings won't be needed for example. The only other criteria is a grip shifter.

That said, what combination of components (11 or 12 speed) can give me my objective? For the grip shifter, it seems that only SRAM does this to any degree on anything different. From what I've read this isn't compatible with anything other than SRAM. The SRAM GS Shifter and Derailleur seem to fit my needs. Sunrace has a cassette that fits the bill but I'm not sure it is compatible. https://www.amazon.com/SunRace-Shima...071Y5QHNW?th=1

For chains, what I have read is that they're compatible, so I could pick whatever one is rated best.

Don't mean to answer my own question here but I don't want anyone to think I haven't done my research before posting. Does this combination seem like it would work? Anything else I should look at? Suggestions? Any help is appreciated.

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I probably misspoke. The very cheapest isn't needed. I just don't need the very highest end since the difference is mostly weight. I get that I can sell things and I've looked on a dozen websites now. It's not clear what is compatible and what isn't entirely.
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Cheapest? learn to spin the pedal RPM faster, with what you have ,
to go faster.?

still air resistance will be the issue..







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Well to answer your question since nobody else seems to want too

Yes the Sunrace cassette will work fine with a Sram RD and shifter. Sunrace also makes a 12 speed cassette if you want to go that route.
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Originally Posted by Canker View Post
Well to answer your question since nobody else seems to want too

Yes the Sunrace cassette will work fine with a Sram RD and shifter. Sunrace also makes a 12 speed cassette if you want to go that route.
Thanks. I appreciate the answer!
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The cheapest way to what you are describing is probably going to be an 11/something 7-speed freewheel or cassette. Just match whichever is on your bike now. Install the biggest front chainring that you are able to turn with the 11 tooth cog. Make sure your chain is long enough to cover the big/big gear combination.

The rest is all up to the motor. If you transplant a Ferrari transmission into a Yugo, it still won't go 180 MPH.
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Depending on your wheels you can go to the 10 tooth small cog cassette if you can install an XD driver other wise it will be an 11 tooth small cog cassette. You will need to match the derailleur to the cassette 11 speed vs 12 speed 11 speed being the most economical. If you go with the XD driver you will need to buy a SRAM cassette $80-100 depending on vendor, otherwise the sunrace works great on a regular splined driver.
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