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newbie wonders about cassette selection(7 posts)

newbie wonders about cassette selectionnamir in SoCal
May 28, 2002 12:44 PM
hello, i'm a total newbie. i got a bike recently that had old 8spd chorus that didn't work with the wheels i wanted. i know it is lame, but i ended up selling the group and i'm ordering a new shimano group. what is the deal with cassette selection in terms of gears? i don't really know what to pick. 12-23, 12-27, 11-23???!?! HELP!
Skip the 11 anything...Quack
May 28, 2002 1:33 PM
If you live in a primarily flat area, I would go with the 12-21. It allows perfect cadence at any speed. Occasional mild grade, medium length climbs, 12-23. Extended climbs may require the 12-25. Steep grade climbs, go with the 12-27 or a triple. The bigger the differential between your smallest and largest cassette cogs, the harder it is to find just the right gear for a given condition. Skip the knee busting 11-tooth cog. The only time I have ever used my 12 is on long descents or huge tailwinds.
Agree--only two guys in America need 11 teeth...retro
May 28, 2002 2:42 PM
...and you and I aren't them. I live in big mountains, so I use a triple, but even when I was a flatlander I never used the 12, let alone the 11.
Big hillslaffeaux
May 28, 2002 4:02 PM
I don't think I'm the worst climber in the world, but I opted for a triple and a 12-27 to climb the hills around me. Use what works.
Skip the 12 too.Kerry
May 29, 2002 5:40 PM
Since you're a newbie, you probably have absolutely no use for a 12t gear as well. If you can find (your LBS can order) something like a 13-23 or 13-26, you'd have better gears for someone new to the sport.
Agree skip the 13tNoam
May 30, 2002 1:48 AM
Get 13/23. See also that you have 39T chainring.

Downunder Australia
Agree skip the 13tNoam
May 30, 2002 9:41 PM
I mean skip the 12t