Roadies: What cassette are you using?

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  1. LeDomestique

    LeDomestique New Member

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    What combo do you have on your rear cluster?

    11 - 21
    11 - 23
    12 - 23
    12 - 25
    12 - 27
    12 - 29
    12 - >29
    13 - 23
    13 - 25
    14 - x
    other

    thanks
     
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  2. rudycyclist

    rudycyclist New Member

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    I use a 13-26 for training because there are a few hills in my area and a 14-23 for racing (I'm a junior so I must use the 14).
     
  3. capwater

    capwater New Member

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    11-21 for crits
    12-23/12-25 for training
    12-25 for hilly road races
    12-28 (custom) for mountain riding
    11-23 for time trials
     
  4. Phill P

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    I have an 11-23 on my triple, thought the 11 would be good for decents, while the triple still gives me that killer bail out option.

    I'd much rather ride the 12-25. Much more usable gears for normal riding in the middle (40) and big (53)

    Next bike will either be 11-23x50-34 compact, or 12-25x53-39 with a 12-27 for hill events
     
  5. 1id10t

    1id10t New Member

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    12-27 - hills
    11-25 - moderate hills
    11-23 - flat terrain
     
  6. roshea

    roshea Well-Known Member

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    11 - 23 with compact cranks (50 - 36). Perfect for my non-racing riding, though a lower gear (25T) would suit me better when there are serious hills.
     
  7. Powerful Pete

    Powerful Pete New Member

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    13-23. No major hills on my training rides given the areas I am riding at present.
     
  8. NomadVW

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    12x23 is my all purpose, go up, go down, go flat cassette. I've yet to need an 11T on a regular basis. Our descents in Japan are usually too curvy to spin out the 12T.

    And only have three mountainous routes that I would put the 12x25 on for, but don't need to if I'm feeling like the challenge.
     
  9. BikingBrian

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    You should come up to Hokkaido! We've got lots of mountains here where you could easily spin out a 53x11, no problem. In fact, I've hit 92 kph going down Bihoro Pass - most of the roads here are straight, straight, straight and super-wide (at least compared to Honshu roads).
    Having said that though, I do miss the curvy roads down south, they were fun - I used to live in Niigata before moving up here.

    Ok, sorry for the off-topic stuff.

    Criterium and flat TTs: 11-21
    Hilly road races: 12-23 or 25
    Training: 12-25
    I'm using a 52 outer, so I'm not Superman or anything; the only reason I use the 11-21 is to get an 18 and it also has only one step between cogs (except the 19-21 of course)....you can find your perfect gear in a tt or crit.
     
  10. mikesbytes

    mikesbytes New Member

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    Mine wasn't there 11-25
     
  11. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    Likewise Mike, mine weren't there either.

    5 speed: 14-28 (spin on)
    6 speed: 14-28 " "
    7 speed: 11-28 " "
    7 speed: 11-24 cassette
    8 speed: 11-24 " "
    8 speed: 12-25 " "
    9 speed: 12-25 " "
    9 speed: 12-23 " "
    9 speed: 13-23 " "
     
  12. NomadVW

    NomadVW New Member

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    The fact that you say criterium just makes me sick. Down here in Yamaguchi we can't get a criterium to save our lives. Closest criteriums are in Osaka once or twice a year, and everything else close is Tokyo. Other than that it's 100km+ road races.
     
  13. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    12-25 (39-53 up front, rolling to hilly terrain) i miss that 18 cog, so i'm going to a 12-23 on a spare wheelset.

    the track bike is currently set up at 50 x 18 for flat to rolling terrain training rides.
     
  14. Bigbananabike

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    Training bike 12 - 27(9 speed) with 38/48. Hilly area and the older I get....

    Racing bike 12 - 25(but will change to a 12 - 23(for most flat races this year) and 42/50.
     
  15. rayhuang

    rayhuang New Member

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    Had a 11-23 with 50/36 and then chnaged to 11-23 53/39 and then chnaged to 12-25....Just bought a 12-27 for training and for ultra hilly races. I want the bailout gear to recover from intervals, etc. while on very rolling roads with 4 to 8% grades non-stop.
     
  16. Wurm

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    10-speed 12-23 and 53/38 is all I use.
     
  17. tonyzackery

    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    I really like my all-around 53/39 with a 12-21 out back. No significant hills/mountains for me. Good for crits...
     
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