Thread starter SimonR Start date 27 Jun SimonR New Member. Location Cambridge, UK. I'm just ordering a few last bits for my new road bike and can't see how road bikes' cassettes differ from MTB ones. I know that I want a 11 tooth smallest ring and anything up to about 30 is fine at the other end I'm not too bothered about the low gears as Cambridgeshire is so flat.
I saw this and it looks OK but I'm unsure if it's right for my road bike I've checked a couple of on-line shops but their cassettes seem rather pricey.
Any ideas?! Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid. Location Mlehworld. No difference at all. What rear mech has you bike got? Tynan Veteran. Location e4. Sittingduck Guru. As regards which one you should choose, it's not really down to whether you're a beginner or not, more to do with how good a climber you are.
If you feel you might struggle going uphill, a tooth sprocket is probably going to be a good choice for you. The other thing to remember is that, when you're thinking about gears, the cassette is only half of the story, the other half being the cranks. The number of chainrings, and the number of teeth on each chainring, will also affect the gear range and smoothness. But that's probably a different question Numbers denote number of teeth on smallest cog i.
When calculating which one to choose also take into account number of teeth you have in front, and the kind of terrain you would like to drive. Also make sure your rear derailleur has capacity to consume chain slack for your given combination.
Smoother steps between the gears is a nice to have - but if the gearing is not suitable to you - it becomes irrelevant. It's mentioned in the answer above "rear derailleur has capacity". This refers to the the length of the cage on the rear derrailleur. They come in three varieties with Shimano anyway - short, medium and long. Each length has a specified teeth capacity. The teeth capacity required is calculated as the total difference between smallest and largest sprockets on both chainset and cassette.
Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. But if you don't fuss over super crisp shifting of the road stack and budget is an issue, then it's a descent work-around. Another option is to go longer crankarms. But if you're short, this isn't a good option. Oct 17, 21, 3 Denver. Campy goes to 29t.
Don't most mtb cassettes go to 31 or 34? Couldn't you just put small rings on it? Sep 13, 17, 0 SF. LordOpie said:. Maybe I'm not being clear and just my usual dumb self. NEW road bike? Didn't it come with a triple?
If he can't climb in a , then he needs patience as slow hammering in that gear is, what, mph? Help him develop a good spin, in and out of the saddle, and he won't need an easier gear?
You may get a long cage DA for triples to go 32, but it'll be a stretch It shouldn't be too bad tho. Oh, another thoughtThe word cassette is a noun. I know that we use it as an adjective for things like cassette player, but that really means a player of cassettes.