Cassette on new bikes.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by gavroche, 6 Feb 2019.

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  1. DCBassman

    DCBassman Basses or Bikes? Hmmm...

    Location:
    Tavistock
    When I first got the Scott, it had 12-25 8-speed on the rear and 52-42-30 up front. Still has the same chainset, but 11-34 on the back. But the one that gets me up hills is the old Trek 800, with 48-38-28 and the same 11-34 cassette. Despite it being 10lb heavier.
     
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  2. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    Location:
    East Devon
    Lots of chat about the merits of the largest sprocket having x teeth but none about the relative waste of a sprocket by having a smallest 11t when 12t will do for mortals.
    Have a play with this:
    http://www.gear-calculator.com/?GR=...1,24,27&UF=2135&TF=100&SL=2.6&UN=KMH&DV=teeth
     
  3. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    I like my 11T

    Despite regular claims on this forum that an 11T sprocket is a waste I find it a useful and often used gear.
     
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  4. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Yes i would not be without the eleven tooth. Most people in our club run 11-28 or 11-30.
     
  5. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    I've gone to the Spa Cycles website shortly after buying both my road bikes. They have a fantastic selection of chainrings.
    https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s0p0/Parts-and-Accessories
    I also shop around for different cassettes , and mainly ignore the "Tooth Rules" about combinations that are "allowed". I'm still absolute rubbish on hills but, on a good day, I might get to the top without stopping. It's not a pretty sight, but I really hate walking.
     
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  6. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Me too. I use it far more than the 12T next door
    Basically, down a decent hill, if I want to keep pedalling, it's 52/11
     
  7. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Veteran

    Well, I changed to 52 x 13 for the downhill, but I spun that out well before hitting Vmax.
     
  8. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I can get to 35 mph in my 48/12 top gear. Any faster than that, I just stop pedalling, tuck my elbows in, and get my chin as close as possible to the handlebar stem. I can get to 55 mph freewheeling down some of the local descents and I don't really want to go much faster than that on a bicycle!
     
  9. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Max speed of 45.6mph today coming down The Tumble with 50/11 on a windy day! :eek:

    I could have pedalled a bit more but decided it was more sensible to stop trying and concentrate on staying on the road....
     
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  10. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey 20% through Decade 7. Yikes! Moderator

    Not bothered how small the small cog is.

    My downhill technique embraces a very low calorie method of rewarding myself for toiling up the uphill. ^_^
     
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  11. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    In other words: "Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!"

    :crazy:

    Yes, I have been known to employ that method myself. :angel:
     
  12. DCBassman

    DCBassman Basses or Bikes? Hmmm...

    Location:
    Tavistock
    As far as I am concerned, there is no other! Pedalling downhill? Weird...
    :biggrin:
     
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  13. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Unless you're being chased by a fire breathing dragon or something... :crazy:
     
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  14. DCBassman

    DCBassman Basses or Bikes? Hmmm...

    Location:
    Tavistock
    Ah, emergencies don't count!
     
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  15. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Pah, 60 mph on my 1989 steel bike (OK the Posh one) - many years ago. You are better off not pedalling and going aero and relaxing after about 40.

    I could do 40 every ride locally down 'Otterspool' - far more efficient tucking in.

    PS old and broken now....
     
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