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Any other cassete that will fit on a freehub made for SRAM red???

Old 09-03-15, 11:57 PM
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Any other cassete that will fit on a freehub made for SRAM red???

I impulsively bought some Easton EA90 SLX wheels off ebay for a very cheap price, and much to my shock the freehub it came with is specifically for SRAM Red cassette. Now I don't really want to spend $300 on a cassette or $150 on a new freehub to take a shimano cassette.

Does anyone know of any other cheaper cassette that will fit on here, or a creative way of getting a shimano cassette onto this hub???

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Wow, that's news to me. Your best bet might be to contact Easton and buy a different free hub body. They're made out of ****ty aluminum anyway, so it's a wear item. It's a near certainty you can get a replacement for regular shimano / SRAM cassettes.
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I wonder what makes them unique? SRAM Red cassettes work on normal Shimano/SRAM hubs.
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The splines are only at the top and bottom (apparently the sram red is a one piece unit) - shimano cassettes need them all the way along. I have no idea why they would make a specific one like this and not just use a standard shimano/sram one. Maybe to save 10g of weight ???
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Get you shop or call Easton to order the Shimano freehub body version for that wheelset. It should just interchange with the one you have.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Wow, that's news to me.
Me too. I was already to post from the thread title that any Shimano or Sram cassette would work.

What a dumbass way to make a freehub. Save 6 grams, and create a significant compatability problem.
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Apparently Easton's stupidity is not limited just to SRAM Red:

The Golden Wrench: Contemplating Easton Freehub Compatibility

Doubt I ever would have bought an Easton wheel, but I definitely won't until they change their approach to freehubs.
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I had a Easton EC90SL that was Shimano/Sram compatible. The shop didn't have a Sram cassette so I purchased Ultegra cassette. It was a very tight fit.

BTW, my Zipp 303s have had Red and Dura Ace cassettes on it with no problems.
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Hence the reason for the really cheap price op paid
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Well, if you don't want to switch the freehub, you could always keep an eye out for a deal on the Red cassette. I bought mine in May for $185, of course, it's now back up to $250 on Amazon. Ribble has it for $200 though.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I had a Easton EC90SL that was Shimano/Sram compatible. The shop didn't have a Sram cassette so I purchased Ultegra cassette. It was a very tight fit.

BTW, my Zipp 303s have had Red and Dura Ace cassettes on it with no problems.
I still do have EA90SL wheels with a SRAM/Shimano free hub body. The fit is REALLY tight. I have no idea how they can support a claim that you can get a cog on the freehub 3 different ways. Not on mine you can't. (referring to the golden wrench link above)

As for SRAM Red, for those of you who aren't familiar with it - the splines only exist under the largest cog. Most cassettes seem to have the largest 3 cogs or so joined together - the Red cassettes are milled from a single piece of metal. Pretty slick and no, I would never in a million years buy a freehub that only works with a red cassette.
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I only buy cassettes that are hand carved from a single ingot by local artisans who are only fed organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, free-range, vegan diets. I usually have to order 3 years in advance, but it's worth it to know I'm not feeding the corporate machine that is Big Bicycle Cycle.
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Originally Posted by RPK79
I only buy cassettes that are hand carved from a single ingot by local artisans who are only fed organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, free-range, vegan diets. I usually have to order 3 years in advance, but it's worth it to know I'm not feeding the corporate machine that is Big Bicycle Cycle.

How do the plants roam?
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However they want, man, that's what makes them free-range.
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Originally Posted by RPK79
I only buy cassettes that are hand carved from a single ingot by local artisans who are only fed organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, free-range, vegan diets. I usually have to order 3 years in advance, but it's worth it to know I'm not feeding the corporate machine that is Big Bicycle Cycle.
Ever hold a Sram Red cassette?

It's a fine piece of machinery.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Ever hold a Sram Red cassette?

It's a fine piece of machinery.
You cut one in HALF?!! Blasphemy! You will be cursed infinitely by the SRAM gods!
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I had no idea that was how a red cassette was made. Makes me drool a little.
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I had no idea that was how a red cassette was made. Makes me drool a little.
They are truly magnificent. And if you have a standard splined freehub body, they don't damage it even if it is soft aluminum. Buy take offs on ebay.
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Originally Posted by rms13
Hence the reason for the really cheap price op paid
Yes, maybe, it wasn't specified (But then again I didn't ask).

Still pretty happy - paid AU $99 (US$70) and they are basically new , so even with having to shell out for a new hub it still works our quiet well (and we pay heaps more bike parts here than in the US).

But back to my original questions - does anyone know of any cheaper cassettes that will fit on here??
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Once again, why aren't you going to your LBS or calling Easton to order just the freehub body? You don't need a new hub, just the splined part. The wheel doesn't have to be rebuilt. The whole changeover takes like five minutes.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Once again, why aren't you going to your LBS or calling Easton to order just the freehub body? You don't need a new hub, just the splined part. The wheel doesn't have to be rebuilt. The whole changeover takes like five minutes.
Yes, that is what I have ended up doing...the principle of it just p***s me off that I have had spend more on this stupid part than the whole wheelset cost me .
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I had similar situation.

Bought Easton wheels cheap, with freehub that takes Shimano, but not Sram.

Oddly, I already had a Sram red cassette that I wanted to use, but couldn't.

Ended up buying a DA cassette on Craigslist- the whole business was still a bargain.


Also, the hack to deal with bearing pre-load adjuster is working great, if not looking elegant.

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