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Swapping Casette

mccutchiemccutchie Posts: 15
edited May 2011 in Workshop
Hey guys,

I'm trying something new for me, i've some big tests coming up, endurance cycling. I currently ride shimano ultegra 6700 11-25. For what i'm doing next over very hilly terrain i'm switching to the same model cassette but 11-28.
I'm wondering will i need a different chain, or should my current one be ok, size wise etc. Current chain is only 2 months old.



  • bobgfishbobgfish Posts: 545
    Same chain will work provided it's not too worn. Use a chain checker. I find that after about 2500Km a chain is poked and needs replacement. I have found that sometimes a new chain on a worn cassttte will skip it's first ride or two as it beds in to the most worn sprockets on the back.
  • FlamezFlamez Posts: 105
    I did the same and the rear short mech and existing chain was fine.
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  • fludeyfludey Posts: 384
    I have just done the same with 53/39 up front and gone from 11-25 to 11-28 and the chain is just fine on short cage rear deraileur.
    But as said above just check the stretch on the chain dont wanna ruin your new cassette.
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  • buckmulliganbuckmulligan Posts: 1,031
    Not that I want to disagree with everyone else but...

    Assuming your chain was the correct length originally, changing up to a 11-28 may mean that your chain is too short for some big-big combos. I know it's not a combination that you want to be using, but if you have a have a brain-spasm and end on the big ring up front and one of the biggest two on the back, you could easily damage your rear derailleur.

    Have a read of this thread, it explains the maths of getting the right derailleur and chain length in a very simple way!

    If you measure it and it comes up short, I'd definitely add a couple of spare links, better to be safe than sorry.
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