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6-speed cassette(3 posts)

6-speed cassettepeterb
Nov 4, 2001 9:54 PM
I need to replace the cassette on my 15-year old bike. Shimano SIS. What are my options?
cassette or freewheel?nee Spoke Wrench
Nov 5, 2001 6:59 AM
They're different things. Freewheel cogs, along with the ratcheting mechanism, spin onto the hub. Cassette cogs slide onto the ratcheting mechanism which is part of the hub.

There are a number of 6-speed freewheels listed in the QBC catalogue. Any LBS should be able to get one for you. Believe it or not, the cost will range from $12.00 to about $60.00 depending upon the manufacturer.

QBC doesn't have any 6-speed cassettes listed.

The question of upgrading to a more modern drive train often comes up. It may be possible but I wouldn't recommend it. Upgrades frequently don't make economic sense. With the money you'll spend to replace the necessary upgrade parts like a whole new rear wheel and new shifters, you could just about buy a brand new bike - only you'll still be riding an old bike that has cobbled together parts.

A new bike from a bike shop, on the other hand, will be sized to fit you. Every single part will be brand new and designed to work with every other part. You will also get a new bike warranty and some kind of service package.
re: 6-speed cassette-- has em..Rusty Coggs
Nov 5, 2001 8:00 AM