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    New 8 speed cassette

    So I bought a 2010 Motobecane 600 HT a couple months ago. I came to learn that it comes with what I think is a cruddy cassette for my climbing purposes. It's a 12-28t (SRAM?) powerglide, and I've noticed when climbing that both my friends pedal much more in their lowest gears to cover the same distance, and I want that lower gear ratio. I want an 11-32t cassette replacement, but I am not going to spend the kind of money required for an XTR cassette if you know what I mean. I need a good budget 11-32t cassette. Any suggestions?

    Edit: part of the reason for getting the new bike was to get an additional gear on the back end for climbing purposes, one more than my 7 speed rigid frame. However, the 7 speed has 28 teeth in the lowest gear also, so this doesn't do me tons of good. That's why I need a different cassette.

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    You can get a SRAM pg 850 for a cheap price for no more then $35.

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    I recommend Shimano HG 40...the 11-32 has less of a jump from the 1-2 gear than the SRAM

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...11&category=42

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    Two biggest choices will be SRAM and Shimano. Sram 850 comes in a 11-32. Shimano HG 70 comes with an 11-30.

    If you can find one Sunrace has a 11 or 12-34 too. Model CSM66.
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    I've been using 11-32 Sram 850's for years. I usually pay between 15 and 20 dollars for them on sale.

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    Thanks everyone for your input! I was considering the Shimano hg series because of the 28-32 transition from 2nd to 1st gear instead of the 26-32 in the SRAM. I looked at both the hg40 and hg50. Which is better between the two? I have heard tons of good things about the SRAM pg850, but also that they don't last as long as the shimano. Amazon is selling the hg50 for $20 free shipping right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akamarcus View Post
    Thanks everyone for your input! I was considering the Shimano hg series because of the 28-32 transition from 2nd to 1st gear instead of the 26-32 in the SRAM. I looked at both the hg40 and hg50. Which is better between the two? I have heard tons of good things about the SRAM pg850, but also that they don't last as long as the shimano. Amazon is selling the hg50 for $20 free shipping right now.
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