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I am looking into getting a different cassette but have some questions
about compatibility.

Basically, I want to get as high a tooth count as possible. I hope that
I am correct that the higher the teeth the easier the pedal stroke? I have
an 8 speed shifters, can I get a nine speed cassette? Is SRAM compatible
with my shimano components?
 

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tron said:
I am looking into getting a different cassette but have some questions
about compatibility.

Basically, I want to get as high a tooth count as possible. I hope that
I am correct that the higher the teeth the easier the pedal stroke? I have
an 8 speed shifters, can I get a nine speed cassette? Is SRAM compatible
with my shimano components?
Stay with your 8 sp. shifters
contact www.harriscyclery.com, order a 34t cog.
get an 8 sp. spacer from them or your LBS
Put the 34t cog on your freehub.
Put the spacer on your freehub.
Put your existing cogset on your freehub, deleting the smallest cog, which is probably an 11t?
If you don't own an existing freehub, purchase an 8 sp. cogset with a largest cog of 30t. Or with a largest cog of 28t if you don't mind a 6t jump.
34t is as big as you can go in back.
In front, if you have a 5-bolt compact crankset, you can get a 20t granny chainring.
That's as low a gear as you can achieve with currently available non-custom-made technology. It's purty durned low. That's what I use when climbing the steeps in the CO backcountry at 12k feet.
 
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