Does anyone run a sunrace cassette?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by sactownie, May 2, 2014.

  1. sactownie

    sactownie Member

  2. sactownie

    sactownie Member

    Well since no one has replied I'm going to just order the tried and true shimano hg41 11-34 tooth. The big jump between 1st and 2nd gears is probably going to be an advantage on a shift kit motor bike i am assuming so no need to skip 2nd gear when starting out. Probably wont hurt the resale value either since I may be selling it soon to finance getting my dakota r/t and me legally back on the road so I can go find a real job.
  3. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    If you are smart you can push the envelope and go for a mega wide range gearing option by purchasing a (9 speed) 29'er cassette; ripping it apart to replace the 34T sprocket with the 36T.

    Now if you want to be sneaky, you can mix and match sprockets between the 11-34 cassette and the 29'er cassette to create you own custom ratios.
    The most important thing is not to mix up the 8 speed and 9 speed (plastic) spacers, because that will cause all sorts of problems.

    I use this principle to give the following numbers: 11T - 13T - 16T - 20T - 24T - 28T - 32T - 36T
    You must use two smallest sprockets from the 8 speed cassette group, as the 13T has a built in spacer.
    The reason why you can mix and match 8 speed and 9 speed sprockets is because the sprocket thickness is virtually identical between 8 and 9 speed systems - where they differ is in the cassette spacer thickness; 8 speed being thicker than 9 speed.

    This also gives rise to another benefit of 8 speed, in that you can use 9 speed chain on an 8 speed system, thereby giving greater chain side clearance between the next larger adjacent sprockets; reducing ghost shifting from any misalignment issues or aggressive lateral chain whip (which can cause the rear derailleur to move against the sprung pantograph action) when travelling over rough surfaces.

    The difference between running 9 speed chain on a 9 speed system and running 9 speed chain on an 8 speed system is the difference between hell and nirvana.
    Once you've tried it, you'll never go back.