Thanks, that was a good bit of info :thumbsup:. So out of what's being produced and readily available (830, 850 and Alivio), what do you think is the best?Squash said:you consider decent. If you are talking LX/971 or above, nope. Nobody is making anything of that level anymore in 8 speed. If you look around you can occasionally find an older model Shimano XT cassette in 8 speed that somebody found a pile of laying in a warehouse somewhere. But they're getting rare. The higher end stuff, LX, XT, XTR for shimano and 890, 880, 870 for SRAM, aren't being produced anymore. So supplies are drying up. The best SRAM produces are the 830 and 850, and for Shimano it's the Alivio and below. Those are the only 8 speed cassettes that are currently being produced by either company that would offer "reliable" availability.
There are a couple on online retailers that "say" they have them in stock.
And if you Google "Shimano XT 8 speed cassette" you may find others as well. But they won't be cheap. They're selling for between $60 and $70 new. You might find something on Ebay or Craiglist as well.
Just a word of advice though. If you intend to keep running 8 speed, pick up more than one! Good 8 speed components are getting hard to find.
Is that a good price for an XT? I'm not really up on my component costs as this is my first time replacing anything. I was thinking about putting an XT chainring up front so I'm guessing that it will bee good compatibility, not to mention my derailleurs ar XT's.djp2k8 said:Tree Fort Bikes and Beyond Bikes both have XT 8-speed cassettes for about $50.