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Just curious How many miles would you expect a ti(5 posts)

Just curious How many miles would you expect a tiParker
Jun 11, 2001 2:51 PM
cassette to last given mostly mountain riding (read: lots o' shifting).

Hmmmm....grz mnky
Jun 11, 2001 4:07 PM
It's almost like you're asking the wrong question. Sort of along the lines of: "If you have to ask you can't afford it." It's never going to be a good value.

Given the cost and the fact that you will be running it pretty loaded my guess is that it will last a season or two. It all comes down to how much you weigh, your riding style, and how much you ride. I run an XTR ti cassette on the MTB, but there are major differences: lots of dirt to help grind things up, plus I can usually keep a higher cadence than on the road bike when it starts getting ugly. No doubt there will be folks who get a lot of life and some that get precious little.

What I think would be more usefull is to ask yourself how often can you afford to replace the cassette. If you're looking for value and a long service life a ti cog is going to lose out to a steel chain every time. Typical ti cassetts just have the four or so larger cogs made of ti while the others are steel. You save some serious weight, but it comes at a cost.
re: Just curious How many miles would you expect a tiLC
Jun 11, 2001 6:09 PM
I don't think the Ti will last any longer than steel. The extra cost is for the light weight. There are too many variable to give a exact number of miles, but it would be somewhere in the range of 3,000-6,000 miles and could be less if the chain is worn.
Seen a few just plain break...Buzz Litespeed
Jun 12, 2001 1:56 AM
I'm not sure about the wear issue, but I've seen two friends MTB XTR TI cassetes break. If there's a major chain malfunction it just folds over or cracks one or more cogs.
Not sure how relevant or accurate this is, but I just saw something aboutbill
Jun 12, 2001 8:36 AM
a Chorus (steel) cassette's life expectancy being 8,000 miles while ti Record cassette's is 7,000. I've got to think that both estimates are pretty generous. Doesn't seem worth it to me (the cost difference is HUGE).