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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:01 am 
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Guys i have a question, my stupid lbs ordered me the wrong size sram cassette. Instead of 11-26 they ordered 11-28

I ride mostly flats with little elevations, and my crank is standard not compact.

Should i keep it or shud i wait for 11-26? Are they much difference? Thankyou


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:12 am 
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Your lowest end (hardest) gear ratio is still the same, only difference is that you will find your riding lower down the cassette more frequently than with the 11-26.

Consider 12-23 cassettes if you really don't climb that much.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:25 am 
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I would get what you asked for.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:59 am 
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No reason for anything higher than 23 if no serious hills are around. have them get you 23 or 25b as you originally ordered

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:00 am 
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Save 20g, get the 26


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:18 pm 
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For what it's worth, here are the gear spacings for both:

11-26 : 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26
11-28 : 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 28

The big difference is when running in the biggest three cogs (bigger jumps between gears). If you are running in those gears frequently, then yes, there is a difference. If not, just go with what you've got.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:35 pm 
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28 is heavier. My vote is 11-23 or 12-25.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:22 pm 
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Get the one you wanted. I live for climbing and hit up mountains multiple times a week and kicked myself when I had a 28 as I never used it (non-compact 53-39 up front). I have the 11-26 now and even now the 26 rarely gets dirty except on stuff like this.

You'll be glad you did.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:42 am 
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If you ride mostly flat, go with 11/23. Gives you the least amount of change between shifts and allows you to dial in your cadence better. 11/27 is really reserved for at least some elevation. I'd switch it out for sure to 11/25 at the least but would rather go 11/23.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:20 am 
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Compacts and wide ratio cassettes are unnecessary for almost all regularly ridden terrain. An 11-26 with a 39 gives you plenty of gearing for the slopes.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:33 pm 
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It depends on where you live and what you ride. In any case, "conventional" cranks are equally unnecessary. For most terrain either can work. For super-steep stuff compact is nice, especially if you don't feel like riding super-hard (like during my commute home from the train, which peaks @ 24%). But even that I can do 38/28 without too much worry.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:48 pm 
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I would stick with the 11-26. I didn't need to move to a 28 until I began training for serious climbing. The 11-26 has a much more natural spacing too, to me. I've considered moving back to one ... now that I'm stronger. :D

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11-26 : 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26
11-28 : 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 28


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:22 pm 
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The jump between the 19 and 22 tooth cogs on the SRAM 11-28 cassettes is really annoying. I stopped using the cassette after about 2000 kms because I couldn't handle the spacing anymore - I was often wanting something between those two. I'd therefore only consider the 11-26.

If anyone does need an 11-28 cassette, then go with a Shimano cassette instead of SRAM. The Shimanos have 19-21-24-28 as the biggest four cogs instead of 19-22-25-28 on the SRAMs. However, I now prefer a 12-28, with 19-21-23-25-28 at the top in exchange for not having the 11 tooth (just learn to spin at a higher cadence, and you won't need the 11).


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