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Old 02-18-09, 04:50 PM   #1
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Shimano cassette, crankset, chain mixing and matching


I am looking at getting a Mavic CXP 22 wheelset with shimano ultegra 6600 hubs. I can also puchase the same wheelset with either 105 or 2200 shimano hubs. My confusion is that I am assuming ultegra and the other flavors of Shimano products would be interchangeable?

Here are my quick questions, and thank you in advance.
1) Could I use a non-ultegra cassette, say a slightly less expensive Shimano cassette (not ultegra) or is the 70 dollars for the ultegra justifed? Could I use an SRAM cassette, or another brand?

2) Could I mix a triple crankset of either a different brand or less expensive shimano version? Assuming that I would be getting a 10 speed cassette and a 10 speed crankset?

3) And what should I do about chain in that sense? Could I use any brand chain or stick with Shimano again?

I'm not entirely concerned about weight, since I'm not racing, I'm the one that needs to lose a few pounds!

Thanks for the help
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Old 02-18-09, 05:40 PM   #2
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Any SRAM/Shimano compatible 10 speed cassette would work.
The only caveat is the largest cog size if you have a "road" RDER. They won't handle the 30+ tooth cogs.
Basically the difference is a few grams of weight and the finish. The lower end ones might be a lower grade of steel, while the highest end ones may have a few titanium cigs.

2 yes
3 any 10 speed chain will "worK".
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