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Shimano XT 9 Speed Cassette $0.00
Oh balls, that trail is tall, so you're glad you use Shimano's XT Cassette. Shimano built this 9-speed cassette of chrome-plated steel, which means ain't nobody gonna have a stronger set of teeth than you. Choose between 11-32T or 11-34T according to your riding needs.
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Can't go wrong
I have gone with XTR shifters and front and rear derailleurs, but stayed with the XT cassette. The setup is just flawless, lightweight and durable. The XT gives you commensurate performance for a minimal weight penalty, and a lot less money. Can't beat it.
Smooth and Lightweight
I love this cassette! I have this on a hardtail paired with an xt shadow rear derailleur and it shifts so fast and smooth. Most of the time i don't even realize it has shifted. I have a commuter wheelset for my mountain bike with a not so good SRAM cassette and the shifting compared to that is night and day with the same derailleur and set up.
Nice but Fragile
I have gone through a couple XT cassettes which says two things. 1 - they are sweet, and they shift great. 2 - they are pretty fragile IMO. I had two cassettes and bent a cog on each one. And yes I know how to shift and I take care of my gear. But broken parts come with the territory on MTB. If my new one breaks, I will buy another one.
easy shifting and clean pedaling. Great cassette and well worth the money. Save money and buy this over XTR cassette and spend it on better upgrades
I have a Trek Fuel Ex 5.5 with standard...
I have a Trek Fuel Ex 5.5 with standard issue rear cassette SRAM PG 950 11-34. I keep chewing up chains and my dealer says I need to upgrade the rear cassette. I just put a new Shimano chain on yesterday and I want it to last. Can I upgrade the cassette to the Shimano XT and if so how do I know if I want 11-32 or 11-34? Thanks, Bob in Garmisch Germany.
Honestly I would be very surprised if the rear cassette was the source of the issue. Not to personally attack you, but 99% of the people I encounter in our shop that have this issue ride while cross chained, mash down on the pedals instead of spin, and don't keep their chain properly lubricated.A few suggestions:1) If you're cross-chaining, don't. When you're in your low chainring up front, keep your rear cassette in a low gear. When you're in your big ring, keep it in a high gear in rear. This keeps the chainline straight, and it's the biggest reason people suffer from 'ghost shifting' and other plagues.2) If you're not riding with clipless pedals, seriously consider them. They encourage much better riding techniques that demand less energy of you, the rider, and also helps keep the drivetrain in much better shape. I personally prefer Crank Brothers products, they're lighter and easier to use than Shimano's SPD products. Check these pedals out, cleats are included with the pedal:http://www.backcountry.com/store/CRN0009/Crank-Brothers-Candy-Sl-Pedals.html3) Finally, lubrication is a total must with mountain biking (and even with road biking). I lube my chain before every ride, and use a proper de-greaser to clean my chain just about every other ride. I personally prefer Finish Line Dry lube, but all lubes are generally equal. DO NOT, under any circumstances use WD-40 as a lube. I don't know how available it is in Germany, but it is not a lubricant and never has been. It's a water displacer, and it ruins bike components.Hope you don't feel like I've railed on you, it's nothing personal. If you are for sure needing a new cassette (the teeth might be ground down from so many chains being mashed), I highly recommend SRAM products. They're generally lighter, cheaper, and better engineered than Shimano's products. SRAM's chains also rock, they allow much easier on-the-trail repairs with the PowerLink (and they're stronger, too).In regards to cassette sizing, it's a personal preference. An 11-32 cassette is standard on most mountain bikes, but an 11-34 gives you an easier gearing option if you struggle going up hills with your existing 32 tooth cassette.If you have any other questions, feel free to post them and I'll gladly throw in my two bits. You're always welcome to e-mail me at mattf [at] bikemonkeyranch.com as well.
Nothing but smooth shifting from this cassette. I haven't had a single problem.