Sram Red Cassette - Worth The Money?

norvernrob Posts: 1,448
edited May 2014 in Road buying advice
Evening all

I'm selling the 11-25 Dura Ace cassette that came on my Foil as I need a 28 on the back for all the Peak District hills. My groupset is all Sram Red, so I'm looking at a matching cassette but it's 4 times the price of the 'normal' Sram PG1070.

In short, is it worth paying the huge premium? I'll probably get around £90 back for the Dura Ace one so at least that would soften the blow a bit.

Thanks for any replies



  • norvernrob
    norvernrob Posts: 1,448
    Or, do I go for the cheaper Dura Ace and get a 12-27 for closer ratios?
  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    A DuraAce cassette is better when running Sram Red in my experience, and cheaper to buy.

    So, if you're toying between the two, and those are the only two you are considering, I'd go for the DuraAce every time if 12-27 will be ok for you.

    If it's 10 speed you are after
  • robbo2011
    robbo2011 Posts: 1,017
    Just go with the PG1070. I actually found that the PG1070 shifts better than the Red cassette it replaced.
  • on-yer-bike
    on-yer-bike Posts: 2,974
    How can it be?
  • I made a switch from a red cassette to an ultegra one. Much better shifting, much less noise! No brainier when it comes to cost also (£33 from wiggle for the ultegra)
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Top-end cassettes are not worth the money IMO - in the quest to reduce weight they use lightweight alloys which wear quicker
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  • norvernrob
    norvernrob Posts: 1,448
    Thanks for the replies, got an Ultegra 11-28 for £33 and it looks pretty much the same as the dura ace one apart from being slightly heavier. It seems to shift nicely and saved me £70 on a dura ace one and well over £100 on a Sram red.
  • banditvic
    banditvic Posts: 549
    I am a bit of a weight weenie, but for the money Ultegra every time.
  • milese
    milese Posts: 1,233
    If you have to ask its not worth the money.

    You'll only know the difference by looking, not riding.

    I use Ultegra with my Red.
  • ck101
    ck101 Posts: 222
    That SRAM red cassette is a noisy thing. It's so noisy it's irritating. Switched mine for an Ultegra also.
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,525
    the largest sprocket is filled in ie you cant see into the middle of the cassette, which looks pretty sexy. other than that i couldn't care less and will be replacing with something cheaper. its certainly not noisy though, but mine's set up correctly :wink:
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  • ck101
    ck101 Posts: 222
    That's why the Ultegra was instantly quiet, because it was set up correctly :) The noise from SRAM red cassette is well documented: ... 15453.html

    As is the ropey front mech shift action.
  • peteone
    peteone Posts: 152
    I think the noise issue was the on the og cassette due to the backplate. Presumably the op is talking about the newer xg which doesn't suffer the same issue. For what it's worth I have the xg and the 1070 and when the xg is done and dusted I'm gonna replace with a 1070. Whilst the red is nice it's a lot of cash to fork out for a consumable.
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  • Bar Shaker
    Bar Shaker Posts: 2,313
    The Red noise was from the one piece CNC billet units. The whole thing resonated. The new elastomer cassettes are silent.

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  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    tried one with my Red groupset and went back to a 1070 I think it was. Its bordering on a consumable item so not worth the cash imo.
  • paul_mck wrote:
    Its bordering on a consumable item so not worth the cash imo.

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