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    Attention Equipment Geeks! I have a rear cassette question

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    How can I tell what gears my rear cassette encompasses? When I look at the technical specs on Specialized's page for my bike, it says my bike came standard with a 12/25 rear cassette, but my husband is convinced the guy told us it was a 12/27. How can I find out for sure? Do I have to do a rollout?

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    I think the numbers are stamped on the cassette - just can't tell you where since I didn't ride my bike in today. I just replaced one, and the mechanic just took a look at the old one to verify what it was - he did it while I was standing there, and he certainly didn't count.

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    Just count the teeth on the smallest cog and the largest cog.
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    Ha! DUH!!!!!! Can I delete this entire thread to save my pride???

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    Another way.... Count each tooth twice, then divide by 2!

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    Your secret is safe with us!
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    Oh no, it's posted here for God and everybody to see just how stupid I truly am.

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    Just so you aren't in suspense, it is a 12/25. I think I want a cassette with a 34 for my little gear. I think it would help my climbing immensely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinkedog
    Just so you aren't in suspense, it is a 12/25. I think I want a cassette with a 34 for my little gear. I think it would help my climbing immensely.
    Whoosh! I've been holding my breath. Inquiring minds wanted to know!

    Me likes 34! The kneesies think 34 is super nifty. Just remember, the 34 might want a new derailleur.
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    Oh, I didn't know that. Well, Christmas is coming. Maybe I'll ask for a new rear cassette and derailleur from Santa. I'd like a new front derailleur, too. Mine is kinda wacky.

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    Well, here's hoping Santa hooks you up.
    Drink coffee and do stupid things faster with more energy.

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    If it makes ya feel any better Slinke: I counted my rear cassette on the Peugeot so I would know what gearing I had, but the next time my LBS asked me about it...........gosh darned if I could remember! rofl
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming: "Yeah Baby! What a Ride!"

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    CM... forgetfulness is NOT the same as dumb, contrary to what my 14 year old daughter thinks. So don't feel bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinkedog
    Just so you aren't in suspense, it is a 12/25. I think I want a cassette with a 34 for my little gear. I think it would help my climbing immensely.
    All 4 of my bikes have 12-34 cassettes on them. And they aren't all mtn bikes! My road bike has one too. I can climb damn near anything. I love it!!!!

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    Hey Surly and SadieKate... do you guys have a triple in the front? I'm concerned that if I get a 34 with my 30 in the front, I'll be spinning out if I'm in both my littlest gears.

 

 

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