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I've got one on my wife's bike. It's a big jump from the 26-34, basically a 'bail-out' gear, which is good for that purpose. For me, the gear combo's are less useable, since there's short jumps in the higher gears and the few big jumps at the low end of the cassette. I really like the 12-32 on the XTR (for use w/ std cranks, 11-30 good w/ compact setup), but for my wife's uses the megarange is great, since she's not an avid biker.
I believe Sheldon Brown likes it, he's got something about it somewhere in here..link http://www.sheldonbrown.com/k7.html
Oh, check around some of the usual suspects online stores, I've seen it cheaper than that one eBay (unless you got some paypal money to burn!)

anand said:
Has anybody ever heard or used this cassette from Shimano?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=42328&item=3690972277&rd=1

It is a 8 speed 11-34 cassette. Looks low end but the gearing sound interesting.

I am looking at a 11-32 SRAM 5.0 cassette and this caught my eye.
 

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I've got one on my wife's bike. It's a big jump from the 26-34, basically a 'bail-out' gear, which is good for that purpose. For me, the gear combo's are less useable, since there's short jumps in the higher gears and the few big jumps at the low end of the cassette. I really like the 12-32 on the XTR (for use w/ std cranks, 11-30 good w/ compact setup), but for my wife's uses the megarange is great, since she's not an avid biker.
I believe Sheldon Brown likes it, he's got something about it somewhere in here..link http://www.sheldonbrown.com/k7.html
Oh, check around some of the usual suspects online stores, I've seen it cheaper than that one eBay (unless you got some paypal money to burn!)
This is listed as going from a 28 to a 34. A 26 to a 34 would be too great of a jump.
 

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My God! 28 to 34 is a huge jump!

anand said:
This is listed as going from a 28 to a 34. A 26 to a 34 would be too great of a jump.
Wow, I dont know about the gearing offered these days. an 8spd cassette with a 34T large cog should have about a 16T small cog not an 11T.

The 25T to 28T jump is more than I would like on the low end of my cassette.
 

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Wow, I dont know about the gearing offered these days. an 8spd cassette with a 34T large cog should have about a 16T small cog not an 11T.

The 25T to 28T jump is more than I would like on the low end of my cassette.
Just built my own 8spd cassette. Utilized my stock 11-30T cassette. Added a single 34T cog, an 8spd spacer, and dropped off the 11 and 12T top gears. Then just ordered a 12T top (recessed for the threaded ring). Will now be a 12-34T with only a 4 tooth jump in last three gears - 24-30-34.

All parts ordered from Harris Cycles!
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mtncrawler said:
Just built my own 8spd cassette. Utilized my stock 11-30T cassette. Added a single 34T cog, an 8spd spacer, and dropped off the 11 and 12T top gears. Then just ordered a 12T top (recessed for the threaded ring). Will now be a 12-34T with only a 4 tooth jump in last three gears - 24-30-34.

All parts ordered from Harris Cycles!
Mike
Hey, that sounds pretty cool and exactly what I am looking for. Where is harris cycles?
 

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Suntour's got 11-34 in 7, 8 and 9 speed cogsets. I'm using the 8speed one on one bike, shifts fine.
 

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I've got one ...

anand said:
Has anybody ever heard or used this cassette from Shimano?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=42328&item=3690972277&rd=1

It is a 8 speed 11-34 cassette. Looks low end but the gearing sound interesting.

I am looking at a 11-32 SRAM 5.0 cassette and this caught my eye.
I like it. If you're having trouble getting up hills in your highest gear, this will help you. If you cruise up the hills with ease, you probably don't want it.
 

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stupid question....

anand said:
Has anybody ever heard or used this cassette from Shimano?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=42328&item=3690972277&rd=1

It is a 8 speed 11-34 cassette. Looks low end but the gearing sound interesting.

I am looking at a 11-32 SRAM 5.0 cassette and this caught my eye.
All this tooing and froing over a 34T ring on cassette, why not go to a smaller front chainring like I did? a 24/34 is .70 and a 22/32 is .69. I must be missing something?
 

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It changes your gearing range ...

browns110 said:
All this tooing and froing over a 34T ring on cassette, why not go to a smaller front chainring like I did? a 24/34 is .70 and a 22/32 is .69. I must be missing something?
The increments aren't nearly as important as the range. 11-34T gives you a bigger range without having to resort to a clumsy change on the front derailleur. The 34T cog gives you a nice bail out gear if things go badly.

BTW, if you're already using a 22 tooth granny ring, going smaller really isn't an option. Though, if I had my druthers I would run a larger granny and an even larger rear cog (36T). Smaller grannies are more succeptible to chain suck.
 

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browns110 said:
All this tooing and froing over a 34T ring on cassette, why not go to a smaller front chainring like I did? a 24/34 is .70 and a 22/32 is .69. I must be missing something?
I am already running a 22 front chainring. The 22/34 is a great bail out gear. I am loving my 8 speed 13-34 cassette.
 

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I am already running a 22 front chainring. The 22/34 is a great bail out gear. I am loving my 8 speed 13-34 cassette.
Actually a 13-34 doesn't sound too bad. I had actually thought about doing something as I don't have much use for a 11 or 12 gear. I'm old and slow :eek:) I wasn't sure how to go about it until I read about company offering separate rings. Problem is my XTR has a 14 and 13 to 14 step up on shift doesn't sound all that practical. Seems like too much shifting.
 
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