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Old 02-04-13, 05:22 PM
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Shimano/SRAM 10 speed cassettes

I just replaced my worn Shimano 10s cassette with an SRAM 10s cassette. Is the 1mm spacer which is needed for the Shimano cassette also needed for the SRAM cassette? Some searching has me thinking that the spacer is not needed with the SRAM but I'm hoping someone here can give me an answer. Thanks.
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Since the spacer is there to insure that after mounting the cassette onto the freehub body the lockring will tighten down against the small cog why don't you just try the new cassette with and without and see what happens? Andy.
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I swap Shimano and SRAM cassettes on my bike and I find that the spacer is needed with the Shimano to avoid having to adjust anything after installing.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart
Since the spacer is there to insure that after mounting the cassette onto the freehub body the lockring will tighten down against the small cog why don't you just try the new cassette with and without and see what happens? Andy.
OK. If that's all it's there for I can just try doing that.

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I swap Shimano and SRAM cassettes on my bike and I find that the spacer is needed with the Shimano to avoid having to adjust anything after installing.
makes sense then...I had to slightly adjust the limits after installing the SRAM cassette with the spacer still on.

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In my experience the spacer is necessary with Shimano but not with SRAM. In fact, when using SRAM I could not get the smallest cog to engage the freehub splines with the spacer in place.
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Originally Posted by Vince Canepa
In my experience the spacer is necessary with Shimano but not with SRAM. In fact, when using SRAM I could not get the smallest cog to engage the freehub splines with the spacer in place.
Thanks. This morning I removed the spacer, reinstalled the SRAM cassette and re-tweaked the limits. Heading out for a ride shortly...seems like it will be fine.
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