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What Teeth Amount for new 9 Speed Cassette

lighty89lighty89 Posts: 183
edited February 2015 in Road general
So looking for a new Cassette... Currently have the Felt F95 with the Sunrace 9 Speed Cassette... Looking to swap this to a Shimano Casette, probably the HG50. My bike uses Shimano Sora gearing.

Currently have 11-25T Cassette, wondering what would be best though as can see lots of different options available. I do standard ride, quite a lot of climbing as quite hilly where I live... Don't think I get much use out of the fastest gear I have available...

Is there one which will give me an easier time climbing, but also able to keep up a good average speed? Usually average around 17mph?
MTB - VooDoo Bantu
Commuter - Raleigh Grande

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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 10,835
    Cassette choice depends largely on a combination of your personal fitness and personal preference. In that sense, whatever anyone recommends here would be pure guesswork. Make your own informed choice, would be my suggestion.
  • dj58dj58 Posts: 2,073
    As above, do you struggle on the hills with your 11-25T cassette? If so and you want lower gears look at the HG80 11-28T or a HG50 11-30, both will give you lower bottom gears.
  • keezxkeezx Posts: 1,311
    Leave the useless 11 out, and 12-27 or 12-30.
  • You just need to decide what gearing is right for you. Like most people, you don't need an 11t cog, so 12-27 would make sense.
  • I have 12-27 on my 9-speed bike with a 50-34 chainset. I wouldn't mind having 28T or 30T to drop down to on some long/steep climbs, but I've never got off and walked, which I probably would have if 25T was my climbing gear.

    I think you can get 12-28 as well? And, I'm not sure if the 30T requires a longer cage RD?
  • lighty89lighty89 Posts: 183
    IanRCarter wrote:
    I have 12-27 on my 9-speed bike with a 50-34 chainset. I wouldn't mind having 28T or 30T to drop down to on some long/steep climbs, but I've never got off and walked, which I probably would have if 25T was my climbing gear.

    I think you can get 12-28 as well? And, I'm not sure if the 30T requires a longer cage RD?

    Random question, how many links is your chain? I used some calculator and it says I need a 53 link chain when I change. However, chains come in 2 sizes usually 114 and 116 lol...
    MTB - VooDoo Bantu
    Commuter - Raleigh Grande
  • BobbinogsBobbinogs Posts: 4,928
    It is a bit confusing but a link is really two links measuring 1". Hence, if any online guide says 53, it probably equates to 53" or 106 links.
  • dj58dj58 Posts: 2,073
    IanRCarter wrote:
    I have 12-27 on my 9-speed bike with a 50-34 chainset. I wouldn't mind having 28T or 30T to drop down to on some long/steep climbs, but I've never got off and walked, which I probably would have if 25T was my climbing gear.

    I think you can get 12-28 as well? And, I'm not sure if the 30T requires a longer cage RD?

    The Shimano tech. specs. for the RD-3500-SS short cage is, top sprocket min.11T/max.14T and low sprocket min.25T/ max.32T.
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