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A second wheelset and a new cassette...(7 posts)

A second wheelset and a new cassette...neng
Nov 16, 2003 3:22 PM
I just bought a second wheelset to compliment my current wheelset. I am also ordering a new cassette for the new wheelset. My ultegra drivetrain has over 2000 miles on it and has gone through two chains, but still seems to have a good amount of life in it.

I know the cassette, chain, and chainrings typically wear together. I'll be interchanging the wheelsets from time to time. Should I be switching the old cassette back and forth between the two wheelsets, and keep the new cassette for later on? Or should I just mount the new cassette and not worry about interchanging the cassettes?

Hope this is somewhat coherent. Thanks in advance for the advice.
re: A second wheelset and a new cassette...Al1943
Nov 16, 2003 6:48 PM
You can safely do either, just measure the chain occasionally to confirm that it has not "stretched". An Utegra chain can go several thousand miles, depending on the rider. A thousand miles is not much for a chain unless you are a big hammer sprinter.
I like to match my wheels and cassettes to the ride, I see no reason to worry about wearing the chain and cassette together.
re: A second wheelset and a new cassette...neng
Nov 16, 2003 7:30 PM
Thanks Al, that's just what I wanted to know.

The only reason I am on my second chain is that the first ultegra chain had a frozen link that refused to go away at 500 miles. Lbs threw a Sram on and no problems since.
One problem with using two cassettes:T-Doc
Nov 17, 2003 5:49 AM
when you do need to change your chain, now you will need to change out two cassettes...I know because this happened to me. I have gone back to changing out the cassette if I want to use a different set of wheels. It's a bit of a hassle but I only have to change one set of chain-cassette at years end. (I ride about 4k/year, so YMMV)
re: A second wheelset and a new cassette...MShaw
Nov 17, 2003 10:46 AM
I have about 6 pair of wheels for my two road bikes and cross bike. All have different cassettes on them.

Its a major PITA to change out cassettes just to change wheels.

As long as you change out your chains before they're too worn, different cassettes should be fine being switched back and forth.

Pay attention to wear and you should be fine.

being the lazy type...neng
Nov 18, 2003 6:07 PM
I'll probably just follow MShaw's cassette system and not swap a cassette around various wheelsets.

Besides the pros probably use a dozen different cassettes and wheelsets.
being the lazy type...MShaw
Nov 19, 2003 10:30 AM
Being lazy can be a good thing. Keeps wasted energy available for riding!