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Old 04-08-09, 06:29 AM
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SRAM with Shimano

Any issues using a SRAM cassette with Ultegra SL?
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I'll have to offer a different opinion.

I had to change my chain to a DA chain when I swapped in the SRAM cassette. The chain that came with my Ultegra group rattled on the smallest cog. The LBS also thought it wouldn't be a problem and was surprised as well.
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I run a sram red cassette and full dura ace grouping no prob.
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as long as you don't have 10 speed shimano only wheels... then you have a problem. i just had the pleasure of figuring this one out.
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Originally Posted by ljholland View Post
I'll have to offer a different opinion.

I had to change my chain to a DA chain when I swapped in the SRAM cassette. The chain that came with my Ultegra group rattled on the smallest cog. The LBS also thought it wouldn't be a problem and was surprised as well.
How old was the Ultegra chain? Was the RD adjustment off a tick? They're the same chain pitch, and any aftermarket (Wipperman, KMC, etc.) manufacturer makes a single chain for the two groups.
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Originally Posted by JSWhaler View Post
I run a sram red cassette and full dura ace grouping no prob.
+1 with a DA chain. Red 11 - 26. Smooth as butter.
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Originally Posted by kyakdiver View Post
as long as you don't have 10 speed shimano only wheels... then you have a problem. i just had the pleasure of figuring this one out.
What do you mean? I run the Fulcrum 5's.
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If your wheels have the deep, 10 speed only shimano style spline, then a Sram 10 speed cassette won't fit on it. If you have the 8/9/10 speed (short spline) free hub body, you will be fine.

You will want to check, because Fulrcum made wheels in both varieties.
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In most cases the Shimano splines will be the "8/9(/10)" variety - short spline - which is compatible with SRAM cassettes.

The two are cross compatible. I currently run a Shimano cassette with a SRAM Rival 2009 drivetrain with a KMC chain with superior results. I actually think the Shimano cassette makes the SRAM shifting less "clunky".
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10 speed-specific Shimano freehub bodies will not work with SRAM cassettes.
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Originally Posted by Fat Boy View Post
How old was the Ultegra chain? Was the RD adjustment off a tick? They're the same chain pitch, and any aftermarket (Wipperman, KMC, etc.) manufacturer makes a single chain for the two groups.
It was pretty strange. The chain was fine. The mech at the LBS said it was almost new. Whatever...the new DA chain didn't seem to have the same problem. If I ever swap back to the other cassette, I'll put the old chain back on.
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Psimet -- I am building a bike and thinking of also running SRAM Rival but with a shimano cassette (I like 12-23, which SRAM doesn't offer). I notice that Shimano lists an ultegra 10sp cassette A and a 10sp cassette B. Do you know which you run or which would work best with SRAM rival (or is your cassette DA7800, or something else)? TIA
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I was searching here and seeing some opinions regarding specific SRAM cassettes - I believe the higher number was the orange (red) which meant lighter weight than the black spacer model? Were there reliabilty or shifting issues with one or the other?

I was about to pull the trigger on a couple of these combos for my two road bikes: SRAM PG-970 Road Cassette/SRAM PC-971 Chain Combo

One bike has DA, the other is mid 80s friction shift Shimano 600, Stronglight Chainrings. No issues to worry about there?
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Psimet -- I am building a bike and thinking of also running SRAM Rival but with a shimano cassette (I like 12-23, which SRAM doesn't offer). I notice that Shimano lists an ultegra 10sp cassette A and a 10sp cassette B. Do you know which you run or which would work best with SRAM rival (or is your cassette DA7800, or something else)? TIA
A and B is odds are what some online retailer is using to refer to the standard geared cassettes (A) which must be used with a spacer when on a 8/9(/10) freehub body and the Junior cassettes (B) which can be used without a spacer on an 8/9(/10) freehub body.

7800 would make no difference here. Just get a 6600 series (Ultegra - 1st generation 10 spd) 12-23 cassette.
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Thx. I think you're right about the B version referring to junior gearing.
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