SRAM PG-980 Cassette

2.94/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $47.99


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Product Description

The high-end 980 cassette uses a 5-arm spiderTo provide support forThe 3 largest cogs. It fits all SRAM andShimano /Shimano-compatible 8/9/10sp freehub bodies and is a great choice forThe privateer racer. includes aluminum lockring claimed 276 grams


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by patto a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2013

Strengths:    I don't have any strengths

Weaknesses:    On this product I don't have Strengths. I have this cassete on Scott Sparks. Everything was ok untill cca 600km. Then it stopped shifting to bottom gear. Now I know why. New shimano cassette fixed it.

Bottom Line:   
This cassette may not so bad but with shimano combination it is. It should be fine with sram chain. I don't understand why big companies mix components.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brinton Evans a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2012

Strengths:    Much better at resisting rollover on backs of teeth from hard peddling. definitely better gears.

Weaknesses:    Smaller gears had a took break off.

Bottom Line:   
I have had this cassette on for about 6 months and I really was liking it. I noticed this week I started to have chain pop. I checked and I broke a tooth OFF the 2ndrd smallest gear ring. as in snapped it OFF. I thought this was supposed to be a big improvement over the OEM gears on my rockhopper, but I'm not so sure. metal is definitely stronger, but maybe too brittle now?

I will return and see if I can get a warranty set swapped out. The way I ride I don't think they make a cassette strong enough for me :\

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Favorite Trail:   Core Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Guys Bikes PA

Similar Products Used:   OEM 2011 Rockhopper driveline setup.

Bike Setup:   2011 Rockhopper Comp. upgrade was this rear cassette after stock cassette and chain failed 3 months after purchase

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ecogeek a Cross Country Rider from Canadian Rockies.

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2010

Strengths:    No probs.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I have a load of PG-980s in 11-32 and 11-34. All 09 or earlier. Not a problem with any aspect of any one of them.
I build my bikes myself and use the right tools inc torque wrench. Sounds like the bad reviews on here are from flimsy/soft hubs and more importantly undertightened lock rings. Which is a great irony. Some people undertighten their cassette lock-ring to 'protect' their hub or wheelset. Or just cos they think they might take the cassette off again soon and don't want it to be too difficult (esp for a 130lb weakling XC rider). Big mistake.
Many light wheelsets/hubs ask for lighter torque than clearly stated on the PG-980 lockring. 40Nm. I have used that setting on a load of wheels and bikes inc practicing minor trials and bike-parks etc. No probs at all on any hub or wheelset. If a cassette failed structurally, it would be under warranty anyway cos all in use were bought this season.
I personally feel the 980 is the sweet spot for performance/value on any bike that climbs a lot. For flatland or downhill the 970 is cheaper and just as good other than in weight. I have a 970 on a resort/park wheelset, but generally use the 980s - outside resort/park visits.
IMO the 990 saves v little weight for a lot more cash as a percentage. So 980 is good, uphill or down.
And to those w shifting issues - it is def not the cassette. Perhaps you're using an old chain on the new cassette etc etc. Millions of reasons for less than perfect shifting the build of the 980 is not one of them.
If you set this up on a new build w new chain and chainrings, and know how to set up your cleaned DLs (w fresh cables properly adjusted and lubed), then the shifting simply can't get any better. And it stays that way with minor maintenance like cleaning/lubing the chain and picking gravel out from your cogs. It's instant and silent, up or down. I use x.9 triggers or twisters on my three bikes using the 980. Two sets of triggers. One set of twisters on the XC rig. 980 has been fine whatever.

Get a torque wrench. Tighten lock ring to 40Nm. After a short period of riding check torque again (as you should) to make sure it is still right and nothing has 'settled' into place effectively loosening the lock-ring. Then you're set.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   PG-970, shimano XT, XTR, LX, SLX, Alivio

Bike Setup:   
Several

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by shorner a Cross Country Rider from Roanoke

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2010

Strengths:    It shifts well

Weaknesses:    it beats the living daylights out of your freehub body--Hope Pro users BEWARE

Bottom Line:   
Terrible cassette. The largest 3 cogs are on a unified carrier, but the rest are merely riveted together on cheap aluminum rings that are held together by a single rivet/screw. This causes torsion on the "carrier" and the individual cogs dig into the freehub body. terrible design. if you have an aluminum freehub body, avoid at all cost.

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Favorite Trail:   the cove

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $48.00

Similar Products Used:   SRAM PG-990


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cmikew2 a Weekend Warrior from Dothan, AL

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap, and good weight for the price. No shifting issues at all, paired with a Sram PC 971 chain, XTR rear derailleur, and XT shifters.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Been riding this cassette for over a year in a half and have done nothing but clean it from time to time and it work great.

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Favorite Trail:   Snow Shoe

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Various Shimano

Bike Setup:   1998 Cannondale Super V 700, Rock Shox Revelation Fork, Cane Creek Cloud Nine rear shock, Avid Juicy 7, XTR derailleurs, XT shifters, Truvativ Stylo Crank, Mavic Cross Ride Rims, Time ATAC pedals, WTB Laser V saddle and Race Face Deus XC (Bar, Stem, Seat Post)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by loosescrews a Weekend Warrior from Sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Lots, Never shifted properly, Chewed out my freehub and Top 3 rings fell apart.

Bottom Line:   
I went back to a XT cassette, Shifts perfect and doesn't damage the freehub.

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Favorite Trail:   Menai

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   First and last time I use SRAM Cassettes, Everything else SRAM is good. Pity cassettes let them down.

Bike Setup:   Reign X0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bigboyblue a Cross Country Rider from Perth, Western Australia

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2009

Strengths:    strong, reliable, great fast changing with Sram chain and gearing

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
A great product, never lets me down, crisp clear changing, awesome. Would suggest Dan0 learns to install and care for his bike better, same for other whining posters. Have just upgraded to PG 990 for the Spinergy wheels, will put this on my hardtail trainer.

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Favorite Trail:   Any and all

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with wheels

Similar Products Used:   Shimano HG50

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper Expert, Spinergy Xyclone wheels, Fox 120 RLC forks, X-0 derailleur, X-9 shifters, Juicy ultimate brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dubdryver a Cross Country Rider from Miami, FL.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2009

Strengths:    Durable, Lightweight, easy to clean, nice finish

Weaknesses:    Must Dial your rear derailleur in very well!

Bottom Line:   
When I first purchased this cassette it was on a new build bike. I thought the R. Derailleur cable had been pre-stretched enough, and ended up switching back to the 970 and had the same symptoms, but it took a few weeks of riding to get it dialed and and adjusted. Once fine tuning was complete, it works beautifully and is really tuned to operate well with SRAM shifters and derailleurs! It snaps from gear to gear w/o hesitation and the finish is very good. I live S. FL. and there is quite a lot of opportunities for the brackish water to cause corrosion on the cassette and chain, but after 6 months I riding 2-3 times a week, the 980 is flawless! It is very durable and is very easy to clean due to a great finish, and has not shown any signs of wear. On a side note, some have said they have not had much luck with this cassette, but honestly if you follow the proper torque settings and assembly (because it is 5 pieces), it will not give you a fit, and will perform beautifully.

Many people assemble these products, write bad reviews and dont follow manufacture specifications. I see a lot of bad reviews on cranks and bottom brackets that I believe were improperly put onto the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Many!

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   SRAM 970 9 speed

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur: Fox F120RLC fork, Mavic 819/Hope ProII wheels, Stylo OCT crank, Race Face Deus stem/headset, Easton monkeylite carbon bars, Maxxis Tires

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Pisgah a Cross Country Rider from USA

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2009

Strengths:    Less expensive than XT, light weight

Weaknesses:    Falls apart

Bottom Line:   
This is my first and probably last SRAM cassette. I have been riding since 1991 and made the switch to a SRAM Cassette mainly due to price.

This product fell apart on me. I am paying the extra money and going back to Shimano. Buy SRAM chains but NOT their cassettes.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TTMAC a Cross Country Rider from Palm Desert

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2009

Strengths:    Inexpensive

Weaknesses:    Middle gear hifts occasionally have a very slight hesitation.

Bottom Line:   
This is respectable product for the money. It can usually be found for less than Shimano XT (47 bucks at Pricepoint). I have had great luck with all Sram products. The Shimano Cassette is the last Shimano product I was hesitant about giving up. This cassette is ever so slightly less smooth than Shimano when shifting in the middle gears, but it is also less expensive. I am 5'7 and 155 pounds and shift precisely. I am not a spastic clydesdale who wonders why they break products designed for regular sized riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Hahn Buena Vista

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $47.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   All levels of Shimano and Real.

Bike Setup:   Full Suspension Cross Country Race

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Craptasticycle a Weekend Warrior from san diego

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2008

Strengths:    Lightweight, shifted fine for me

Weaknesses:    quality - fell completely apart after 2 months

Bottom Line:   
The pin that holds the cassete together backed out and the whole thing fell apart when I pulled it to see what was making noise. Probably just a random build quality issue vs a badly designed product, but still a hassle for me.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came stock on my bik

Similar Products Used:   shimano lx / xt cassettes

Bike Setup:   Stock Giant trance X2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bowser5x5 a Cross Country Rider from fairfax, ca usa

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2008

Strengths:    inexpensive, that's the only good thing i can say.

Weaknesses:    its very existence. one of the worst cassettes ever made, on par with forte.

Bottom Line:   
junk. junk, junk, junk. or should i say complete crap. didn't realize a reputable company like sram could/would put out such a horrible product. like others here, the cassette felt inexact from the moment it was on the bike. bad shifting in the middle rings, even though i put on a new sram chain at the same time. only got worse. two months in i checked it out and the rings were loose, would actually shift around side-to-side when you twisted it by hand. one of the hair-thin pins which hold the rings together broke, damn thing. good chains, pitiful cassette(s).

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Favorite Trail:   coast view

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   preformance

Similar Products Used:   shimano xt, forte

Bike Setup:   specialized s-works epic

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2008

Strengths:    Price and weight. Cool looking.

Weaknesses:    Lack of smoothness in motion.

Bottom Line:   
I'm very surprised how crappy this cassette is based on my previous experience with SRAM. From the moment I built up this bike, the gear train felt very rough and, like the previous posting, the 6th gear jumped around to the point where I would avoid it. In the process of debugging the problem, I swapped out an old Shimano XT cassette and the problem went away. Very disappointing, SRAM. At least I didn't spend too much money on it.

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Favorite Trail:   401 in Crested Butte

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   OBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT M760.

Bike Setup:   Maverick Durance. Mostly SRAM components 'cept Shimano front D.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Carl Mare a Cross Country Rider from Nelspruit, South Africa

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2007

Strengths:    
Cheaper than Shimano


Weaknesses:    Inferior to Shimano

Bottom Line:   
Got the PG950 on a previous bike, but had to replace it for broken and worn teeth at 1800km. Replaced it with a PG 970 which is still running fine after 2000km. Then I got the PG 980 on a new Giant Trance 1. It never worked well. Shifts were never smooth. The 6th gear 'clacked'. LBS replaced the 6th gear and the clacking stopped, but still not smooth. Relaced it with XT casette. Never looked back!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   PG 950, PG 970, XT

Bike Setup:   Standard Giant Trance 1. SRAM x9, Race face Evolve, Juicy 5, Reba Team, Fox RP2.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2007

Strengths:    Shifts great every time. Combined with my 991 chain and X9 der this is a great system

Bottom Line:   
This is a product that just works well. I dont have to worry about it. I have had it wet, dusty, muddy and it just keeps working. I will get another when its done.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, DX Sram 970

Bike Setup:   Turner 5 Spot

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