I'm on a quest to find...

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by kovacsa, 11 Jun 2019.

  1. kovacsa

    kovacsa Active Member

    a custom or non-standard style cassette.

    My current cassette is this...

    Model: Shimano CS-HG50-10
    Size: 11-36
    Cassette Cogs: 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-36

    I don't find the smaller cogs that useful, esp 11 and 13. I find the larger cogs more useful for climbing and cycling in general. Does anyone know where I can find a 10 speed cassette that has a cog starting with 14 or 15 teeth all the way up to a cog that has 38 or 40 teeth? The climbing gears would be much more of a benefit to me. Thanks!
  2. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    Totally agree - I was just commenting the other day in a different thread how useful a 14t - 34t cassette would be, but they don't exist off-the-peg.

    I know with the 8 speed cassettes I use on all my bikes you can mix'n'match sprockets to build custom cassettes quite easily. You would need a special 14t sprocket with the knurling on the outer face for the lock ring to grip onto, but once you have one of those you could buy another couple of cassettes and re-arrange the sprockets to suit (I thought about doing this myself but in the end kept my 11t-30t cassette and swapped the road triple for a MTB triple up front, which had a similar net effect).

    I'm not sure if this works the same way for 10 speed - I would assume so but I've never owned or worked on it, so someone else may be able to confirm this will/won't work.
  3. OP

    kovacsa Active Member

    Thanks for the feedback. I'm not sure why something like this is difficult to find, as I'm sure many other cyclists would be looking for the same thing. There seems to be a lot of niche gaps in the cycling market I'm noticing. This is one of them. Let me know if you come across anything, I'll do the same for you :smile:
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  4. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Unfortunately not. Back in the days of eight speed Campag cassettes were made up of individual sprockets so you could chose and ratios you liked. This had a potential drawback however, in that I inadvertently spent a season and a half racing with two 18t sprockets on the back.
    Tom B, Minotier, colly and 8 others like this.
  5. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    try googling "Junior Racing Cassette"

    I've seen a 16-30 cassette and others starting from 14 or 16 upwards.
    winjim likes this.
  6. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    That's right, I was thinking of combining a 14 - 28 junior racing cassette and a 11-34 standard cassette to make a 14-34 8 speed one.

    Not much use if 10 speed cassettes are all riveted together though as any racing cassette won't have as low a gear as you want.

    @Smokin Joe love the 2x 18t sprockets
  7. Poacher

    Poacher Gravitationally challenged member

    Would it be feasible to use smaller chainring(s)? You would then feel the equivalence of a 40 with your current 36, and probably find the 11 and 13 more useful.
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Not 10 speed, given the way the bottom sprocket acts as part of the locking. 13T is as big as you will find, if lucky.
  9. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Ditto Dura-Ace, all individual until 10 speed came along
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  10. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    You can knock them apart with a hammer and punch. My LBS happily beat the crap out of a 10sp Shimano splined cassette and rebuilt it with Campagnolo spacers so I could get my cheap wheel to work with my Veloce gearset.
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  11. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    The gear shifts were as smooth as silk.
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  12. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Veteran

  13. Afnug

    Afnug I'll Sithee

    I have removed the rivets and used the individual sprockets, but be aware some cassettes have the larger sprockets on spiders.
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  14. Jody

    Jody Platinum member

    You need to let go of the brakes if your not getting any use out of the 11 and 13 :whistle: I don't think you are going to find 14-40 or anything like that as the really low ratio cassettes need a wide range so they work with 1x**

    Would you not just stick a 11-40/42 to experiment?
  15. normgow

    normgow Über Member

    Before buying a new cassette with a larger top sprocket first check that your frame has enough space to accommodate it. With a lot of modern frames there could be a risk of the chain fouling the chain stays when on the smallest sprocket.
    colly likes this.
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