Shimano LX Cogset Cassette

3.72/5 (39 Reviews)


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Shimano LX Cogset


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by endfreq a Weekend Warrior from Indiana

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2008

Strengths:    Never had a skip I couldn't tune out of it.
Least inexpensive cassette worth a s#!t.
Minimal wear after 5 years of commuting on it.


Weaknesses:    A bit on the heavy side, but more metal = longer wear.

Bottom Line:   
If weight isn't a huge issue, this is the one you should buy.
If you compete all of the time and must shave off every gram then why are you reading this review?
Personally I've never had a problem with the cassette or drivetrain for that matter, but the bike it's on was a daily commuter which was relegated to baby-hauling duty (2/3 times a week). No hard offroad, so grain of salt people.
Best value IMHO and the most maintenance-free drivetrain I've ever had. Recommended

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Favorite Trail:   That one

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Mostly other Shimano series. XT, low end stuff like Alivio that gets swapped out quick. No discernable shifting difference between XT + LX that I could tell.

Bike Setup:   03 Giant Prodigy commuter. Mostly stock, some upgrades.
Drivetrain is completely LX.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pill a Cross Country Rider from eastern europe

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    Quite durable. Shifts well.cost not so much. Rust-free.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I am Using an CS-M580 cassete. No complaints at all. Use it with HG-93 chain. No rust at all. It is fully serviceable. The 32tooth ster can be removed to obtain a lower weight (and 8-speed transmission).

XT is a lighter-one. It has the same material of the chainrings, but the chainrings are on a spider. So the XT cassete cannot be disassembled. XT has much greater performance while pushing dirt through itself. It is practically opened, so has a greater mud clearence.

As usual - had to replace chain after 2000km. First 200-300 km with the new chain cassete get groundet. So some sprocket jumping took place as an issue. It is all okay now. I will change the chain to a neew one again after 2000km. and so on. 3 chains. And then i'll re-circle the used chains.

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Favorite Trail:   forest trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Local bikeshop

Similar Products Used:   CS-M770; HG-40

Bike Setup:   Giant XtC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dave a Cross Country Rider from boise idaho

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2007

Strengths:    price, durability

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I read so many reviews about drivetrain problems, one must realize that you do have to replace the chain periodically use a park chain wear tool and you will find your drive train will last a lot longer typically 5 or 6 chains before the other stuff wears out, that is thousands of miles.the LX cassete is my favorite much more durable than anything lighter be it shimano or sram, fact is the lighter cassettes wear out faster, if you race and every gram counts then go for lighter cassette, the lx shifts well to..but hey I know how to tune and maintain a drivetrain.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   sram, shimano xt

Bike Setup:   2005 heckler, 2004 ibex trophy hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Notion a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2006

Strengths:    Lasts VERY, VERY long, had one for 1 and half, barely any wear for me, and sold the bike on... Got another one on my DH bike, same story so far.

Weaknesses:    None... It's a cassette... With HG... And its metal... Damn...

Bottom Line:   
Cheap, effective. Wouldn't really bother going any higher at all... As long as a cassette is a HG one, no need to go any higher. I would have got a Deore one, but I am not fond of Deore components, so never tried one.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Loads.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JOHN a Cross Country Rider from MD

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2005

Strengths:    LOOKS A LOT NICER THAN MY STOCK BLACK RUSTED CASSETTE AND SHIFTS BETTER TOO. VERY LIGHT WEIGHT

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
GOOD PRODUCT. I CHANGED FROM A STOCK 8 SPEED TO THIS 9 AND HAVE REALLY ENJOYED THE PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE, INTEGRATED WELL WITH THE SETUP I HAVE. AFORDABLE

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Favorite Trail:   LOCH RAVEN

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   PERFORMANCEBIKE.COM

Similar Products Used:   JUNK

Bike Setup:   IRON HORSE WARRIOR DISC, XT HUBS, MAVIC DISC RIMS, AVID BB DISCS, DT SWISS CENTERLOCK, LXM580 CASS, MEGA 9 SIIFTERS AND LEVERS,TRUVATIV CRANK

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jeremy from Centennial, Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2005

Strengths:    Shifts fast and accurate.

Weaknesses:    wears out quickly.

Bottom Line:   
Guess I ride harder than I use to? Went to the LBS today because of skipping gears and they said the cassette was worn down. I asked how many miles should it get, he said about 800-1000 miles. Mine has no more than 275 on it and it's already 3/4 the way worn. What is going on? I'm going to read around your suggestion boards some more and see what kind of replacement will be the best, but will probably try an XT. If it comes on your bike ride it till it breaks and then beef it up.

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Favorite Trail:   Apex, Enchanted Forest, Grub stake

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came on the bike.

Similar Products Used:   LX on an old 93 Trek 7000

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro Expert - stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason from Modesto, CA

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Decided to try the LX when my last XT had worn out. I was curious to see if the XT was worth the extra money. After 6 months of hard torque (I like to grind out the tougher gears) the LX is done. That's about how long the XT has held up in the past. I could not notice a difference in performance between the LX and XT. I decided to replace it with an XT. I guess in the back of my mind I expect the XT to be more durable. The LX is heavier. I'd say weight was the only difference.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark from Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2004

Strengths:    Cheap, Strong enough

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Haven't had time to fully test it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   SRAM

Bike Setup:   1999 Cannondale F900

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mike Predmore a Cross Country Rider from Daphne, AL, USA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2004

Strengths:    Shifted well

Weaknesses:    After cleaning chain, cassette and chain didn't seem to mesh correctly even when new. Felt like Wally-Mart el-cheapo bike quality. Finally gave up after 3 months and only a few hundred miles. Will try SRAM

Bottom Line:   
LBS couldn't find anything wrong with this cassette. Felt like some teeth were hooked. New SRAM chain/cassette combo seem to mesh much smoother. Will see how long they last. I cleaned chain and re-lubed frequently. Very sandy conditions here and wet.

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Favorite Trail:   Gasline

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM

Bike Setup:   Enduro, custom WTB LL/VXC wheels, Scorpions, Easton Monkey Lite Carbon bar,Flyte seat, stock MX Comp fork,Fox Float R

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nitish Nag a Cross Country Rider from Fremont, CA

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap, Good Shifting, Consistent Shifting, Shimano quality (?)

Weaknesses:    Heavy, Wears quite fast,

Bottom Line:   
This is a great starting out cogest, not for the hardcore rider. If you want a durable performance oriented cagset, go for the 10$ more XT cogset that will last you an actual season. If you want to skimp on the cogs, this is your cogset. lasted 6 months for me.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   30

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Alvivo, Deore, XT, XTR 03

Bike Setup:   2003 Santa Cruz Blur, 2003 XTR with discs, Progressive 5th Element Air Shock, Easton Carbon Cockpit, eggbeaters SS,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Harry a Cross Country Rider from Boise

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2002

Strengths:    durable - DURABLE - Durable

Weaknesses:    heavy

Bottom Line:   
I think some of these reviewers might be having problems tuning their derailers. I've used the same LX cassette since late 98. I've probably put around 3500 miles on it. In Boise we ride up a couple thousand feet and then down, and I've never had much of a problem with the cassette. Over the years I've never had much problem with skipping, and some micro tuning on the derailer has fixed all that. I just put on a new chain and some XT shifters and my bike has been shifting like a dream....

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   XT


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2002

Strengths:    -great shifting performance


Weaknesses:    -fast wearing
-a bit heavy


Bottom Line:   
A good cassette that shifts quite well but it wore out so fast that I will not buy another, also the slightest bit of dirt or mud on the cassette will make shifting non-exsistant. I'm going to buy a SRAM 7.0 to replace this because they are a clearly better company.

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Favorite Trail:   Devil's Spine

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Acera, Deore, some SR ones too.

Bike Setup:   '99 Mantra Comp, RS Judy SL, Fox FLOAT R, LX/XT/XTR, Bontrager post, michelin tires, lots more

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by walter a Cross Country Rider from Netherlands

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2002

Strengths:    Name and marketing

Weaknesses:    chewinggum like steel quality

Bottom Line:   
The first cogset came on my bike(we are talking 8 speed here), used it for 5(!) years.
The second set lasted "only" one year.
The last set only three months.
Had it send back to Shimano, they said it was normal(?) wear.
This stinks !
Now I use SRAM 5.0, wich already lasts over a year without a problem, and costs about half the price (over here).

Pleaase, can I rate it lower than zero ???

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   XT, LX, SRAM

Bike Setup:   XT, LX, SRAM

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mikko a Weekend Warrior from Helsinki Finland

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2002

Strengths:    It's a little heavy for racing use, but for general riding, you can't get any better for the money.DURABILITY!!

Weaknesses:    Weight

Bottom Line:   
Great for the money

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Favorite Trail:   Any xc

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR , Ultegra


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ash a Cross Country Rider from Nottingham

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2002

Strengths:    ??

Weaknesses:    wears out quick, prone to rust, heavy-ish

Bottom Line:   
This item came with the bike as standard and wore out after only 8 months!!!! Tends to get a little rusty even with careful cleaning and lubricating. I would have expected a MUCH longer life than 8 months from Shimano!!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   replaced it with a SRAM 7.0 we'll see how that goes

Bike Setup:   Giant XCX-ds2, SID, JUDY XC, Raceface etc.

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Just picked up my new Specialized Epic last night. It comes with a HG-50 11-34 cogset that weights 400g+. I have a CS-750 11-32 (about 266g) that has around 2000 Km on my old MTB. Thinking of switching them to save weight and I don't really use the 34. Is 2000km on a cogset enough to cause shifti ... Read More »

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