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The elitist in me comes out(10 posts)

The elitist in me comes outmr_spin
May 13, 2002 7:34 AM
I'm down at the LBS this weekend. In the stand there's a brand new Seven, with an XT derailleur and a 12-34 MTB cassette. I'm amazed. I'm shocked. I'm stunned. I can't help but think that if you spend good money on a Seven, you should at least be able to get up the hill without a tow rope. I'm trying to imagine a scenario where I'd need a 34, and I can't. Maybe to ride up the side of a building?
Probably just stock,TJeanloz
May 13, 2002 7:51 AM
You're reading more into the situation than you might. Most likely, the shop installed this cassette because they don't sell very many of that ratio (so they could tie up the inventory on a bike), and they know that whoever buys the Seven will probably re-spec the bike to their own wants anyways (so it doesn't matter what they put on, they're just going to have to change it anyway.) Or Seven sent them the whole build kit, including that cassette. Or the person buying the bike rides up the sides of buildings.
re: Middlebury Gapcyclopathic
May 13, 2002 10:41 AM
though it is not the toughest climb around (6mi with final 2mi avg 14%) on BMB you hit it at mile 200 (and again @530), after crossing Vermont on VT100, Pisgah in NH and flattish Mass. Sevens and Merlins are popular with ultra-endurance riders you'd see quite a few. My guess he has 12-23, so he spec'ed bike this way to get long cage der and mtb cass, the latest one for "special occasions".
re: The elitist in me comes outfirstrax
May 13, 2002 11:04 AM
I run an XT derailleur with a 12-34 cassette for the Mt. Washington race. the final 200 yards is 22%.
ya, it should have been XTRDougSloan
May 13, 2002 12:22 PM
I used a 12-34 on my EV2 for long, steep climbs. You just never know why people do some seemingly strange things. Heck, some people don't even care what others think about it, either.

Doug
so, what you're saying is...JS Haiku Shop
May 13, 2002 1:15 PM
I can put 9-speed xtr (or lx, or whatever) rear der and cass on my 9-speed 105 bike and shift ok with the sti shifter, and no chain problems? yes?
I did with DADougSloan
May 13, 2002 1:31 PM
Worked for me with DA shifters. They are completely compatible (rear).
partly facetiousDougSloan
May 13, 2002 1:32 PM
The part about being "XTR" was facetious, of course; just playing on the "elitist" theme. XT or whatever will work just the same.
"partly facetious"=good "big-hair rock" band name (nm)JS Haiku Shop
May 13, 2002 1:40 PM
Chain is OK but need to add links. nmLen J
May 13, 2002 2:04 PM