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Weight Reducing and Performance Enhancing

Weight Reducing and Performance Enhancing

There are numerous different upgrades than can be made within your drivetrain, but where is the best place to start? One piece of your drivetrain that is considerably in charge of how smooth your ride feels is your cassette. While the derailleur and shifter also play large and important roles in the drivetrain, the cassette is one of the components that can create the most motion.

What do we mean by motion? On all base-model cassettes, a certain amount of gears will be loose off of the end of the driver, thus creating play between the gears while shifting. The benefits of upgrading to models like an X01 (SRAM) or SLX (Shimano) cassette, there are a couple notable advantages. First, these cassettes are either machined or pinned into one solid piece. This means that there is no flex or movement possible as your chain moves from gear to gear. Another added benefit that comes with upgrading to a premium cassette is weight reduction. Being that these cassettes are constructed of only one piece and do not require spaces between rings, or separate lock rings, they weigh in at a respectable amount less than their base-model counterparts.

Unsure if making the upgrade is right for you? We're here to help! Come on down to either our Eagle or Hyde Park locations, and our knowledgeable mechanics will help you determine the best course of action to ensure your riding season is next-to-none!


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