1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
mtn. biking 101
2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    243

    Rear Hub/Cassette compatibility

    Greetings, oh two-wheeled gods!

    Will an 8-speed Shimano cassette fit any 8-speed specific shimano hub? Or are they model specific eg XT cassette to an XT hub etc...(sorry I am much of noob in MTB terminilogies so correct me where necessary)

    I am attempting to salvage a bicycle in need of a near rear wheelset. The drive train appears to be ok but the rim has seen better days. So I am planning to replace it and attach the old cassette into it.

    Please try to focus your answers on the question presented.

  2. #2
    i also unicycle
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    2,044
    any 8 speed should work with any 8 speed. hell, with a spacer it'll work for nine speed.
    mtbr says you should know: i work in a bike shop.
    bikes & beers (on my blog) http://idontrideenough.blogspot.com/

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    243
    Much enlightened I am.

    Thank you

  4. #4
    *****************
    Reputation: Bikinfoolferlife's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    12,379
    No, you've been misguided so far. The 8 and 9 speed cassettes use the same standard 8/9 speed shimano freehub body. You can also use hubs from other manufacturers that use this standardized freehub body design and use other cassettes as well (Campagnolo being the major exception but that's a road bike thing for the most part anyways). The 8 and 9 speed cassettes are the same overall width (8 speed uses wider spacing between cogs and uses a wider chain).


    ps are you reusing the hub? Or replacing both rim and hub?
    "...the people get the government they deserve..."
    suum quique

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    243
    Thanks for the clarification.

    I am planning to change both the hub and rim but will keep my 8-speed cassette.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •