Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking Gear Reviews and Roundups





Shimano SLX CS-HG61-9 Cassette

4.6/5 (5 Reviews)

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by las-palmas a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2012

Strengths:    Makes you climb easier than with an 11-34.

Not expensive.

Weaknesses:    Not very light, but strong.

Everything wear out. So do you.

Bottom Line:   
25 degree climbs are not so painfull that it is necessary to walk up.

344km with 5.2 km up and just as much down again last week.

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Favorite Trail:   The one with more down than up?

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   11-32 and 11-34 cassettes, lighter and more fragile.

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo
Hope Hoops, Continental Race-King 2.2 UST.
Sram XO 3x9.
Formula R1 brakes, 203 front - 180 rear.
Speedplay Frog pedals.
Selle Italia SLC carbon 129mm.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by acetil a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2011

Strengths:    36t,price-value

Weaknesses:    you get what u pay for...and more

Bottom Line:   
this cassette is intended for those people who like going up as well as down.this review is for the 12-36t which in my opinion gives you that extra edge which can only be found on other highend cassettes like sram XX, but it will last longer.this cassette is intended to have fun with not to race.unless you are a true racer get this cassette and enjoy your ride.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   http://www.blueskycy

Bike Setup:   slx build kit, novatech hubs, sektor fork

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mtb_tico a Weekend Warrior from Peterborough, ON, CAN

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2011

Strengths:    Low Price, Smooth shifting, looks good when clean!

Weaknesses:    Weight,Rusts, Higher gear rings wear out fast.

Bottom Line:   
Was a great cassette during the first bit of the season. The higher range cassette rings (7-9; smaller ring gears) wore out super fast. This caused the chain to jump upon heavy acceleration. Considering that its my GF that rides the bike 98% of the time and is in no way a hardcore rider, I not impressed with the quality or strength of this cassette. Switching to a Sram!

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Favorite Trail:   No Fave.. like'm all!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $56.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   XT cassette, XTR cassette, Sram 991

Bike Setup:   2003 NRS2, RS Reba Fork, Fox shock, Mixed bag of high-end components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Baldy88 a Cross Country Rider from Kansas City

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2010

Strengths:    The 36 is awesome on the super steep climbs. Let's the 29er do its thing without spinning out.

Weaknesses:    Heavier than race cassettes, but who cares when you can climb everything.

Bottom Line:   
This cassette came with my bike. At first I thought it was overkill, but after riding it on some super steep sections and cleaning them I was a believer. The extra 2 teeth let the 29er become a rock crawler and you can clean just about anything in a steep uphill if you have the lungs to power through it.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Specialized

Similar Products Used:   Many of the top end Shimano and SRAM cassettes.

Bike Setup:   Epic Comp 29er stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Helmetless a Cross Country Rider from Santiago, Chile

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2010

Strengths:    Very stiff, durable, soft shifting, nice color

Weaknesses:    A little heavy (382 grs or so)

Bottom Line:   
The most affordable price/quality cassette so far. Really good, it resisted a lot of kinds of chains and bad use while shifting. Pretty good! Maybe if you want something lighter the SLX is a better choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Alpes circuit

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   SLX, XT, Deore

Bike Setup:   Norco Scrambler fully customized 9-speed

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