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How long should cassette last

I've got about 3200 miles on mine. I clean probably monthly and have had no problems.

I've seen comments to the effect that some lightweight cassettes need to be swapped out after about 1200 miles, that seems awfully expensive to me.
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crap. I just remembered that the guy at my LBS said I will probably have to change my cassette at the end of the season!

I probably should be cleaning it every month, but I dont know how. I also havent touched my bb since the winter months
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My Ultegra cassette and bottom bracket still function like new after 16,677 miles.
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad
I've got about 3200 miles on mine. I clean probably monthly and have had no problems.

I've seen comments to the effect that some lightweight cassettes need to be swapped out after about 1200 miles, that seems awfully expensive to me.
If you oil your chain regularly, measure your chain regularly, and replace at 0.05 to 0.075% stretch, then your cassette can last well over 5000 miles. If you're sloppy about oiling, measuring, or replacing, then you'll get much less.

1200 sounds extremely low. Are they talking about aluminum or titanium cassettes (most cassettes are steel)?

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Originally Posted by johnny99
1200 sounds extremely low. Are they talking about aluminum or titanium cassettes (most cassettes are steel)?
It was titanium, a very light cassette.
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Originally Posted by hi565
crap. I just remembered that the guy at my LBS said I will probably have to change my cassette at the end of the season!

I probably should be cleaning it every month, but I dont know how. I also havent touched my bb since the winter months
Degreaser and a toothbrush is my method. You can take it off, but I usually don't. Just make sure you don't get degreaser in your hubs.

If you take it off there are a million things you could do. I've even heard about putting it in the dishwasher (not sure I'd try that, though).
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you mean just take the wheel off.

Which de greaser do you reccomend?

I also have to clean my chain...
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You can just take the wheel off or you can take the cassette off of the wheel. I don't even take the wheel off because I take my chain off when I clean it and keeping the wheel on leaves you a free hand.

Use the same degreaser you use on your chain. You might as well- it's the same grease.
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Originally Posted by johnny99
If you oil your chain regularly, measure your chain regularly, and replace at 0.05 to 0.075% stretch, then your cassette can last well over 5000 miles. If you're sloppy about oiling, measuring, or replacing, then you'll get much less.

1200 sounds extremely low. Are they talking about aluminum or titanium cassettes (most cassettes are steel)?
I think you mean 0.5% to 0.75%.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
You can just take the wheel off or you can take the cassette off of the wheel. I don't even take the wheel off because I take my chain off when I clean it and keeping the wheel on leaves you a free hand.

Use the same degreaser you use on your chain. You might as well- it's the same grease.
I dont have a degreaser for my chain. im bad I know it.
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