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    shimano or sram 9 speed cassette

    so im kind of in the middle right now between shimano XT cassette and sram pg 990 red, i heard sram was a little bit better due to stiffness then i also heard that shimano cassettes are stiffer, so i need your guys opinion on which way to run, im going to be buying a new cassette shortly...

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    shimano or sram 9 speed cassette

    Both will be fine. I'd personally go with the XT, but at this pricepoint you'll get the same value from either brands.

    See which ones have the best deals. Overall I find shimano cassettes to be better priced and overall well made. But it's just me.
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    shimano or sram 9 speed cassette

    I have owned both, SRAM currently. Go with the best deal you can find. I don't notice much difference between the xt and 990, both are good.

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    I, too, would go XT. My SRAM teeth seemed to wear down just a tad bit faster than my Shimanos. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    I, too, would go XT. My SRAM teeth seemed to wear down just a tad bit faster than my Shimanos. YMMV
    My last 990 seemed to wear much faster than the previous two. The quality of the metal may not be as good. I'm currently running an XTR that I got for $150. The 50g of weight savings is noticable.The XTR shifts the same as the XT. Both Shimanos last a little longer than the 990. Japanese manufacturing is usually better than the Chinese.

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    I like the sram 970's. Good performance for $35, when they wear out it doesn't hurt that bad to get a new one. That said, I just saw the 990 on sale at Jenson for $68.
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    well i was looking at the 990 with the red backing, so the XT is what i should get? is there any difference in performance or strength?

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    Go with the XT. Lasts longer than SRAM.
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    I ran a Sram 990 and got 700 miles out of it. From what I hear, a cassette should last longer than that depending on riding style. I just picked up a Shimano and I'm hoping to get at least a grand out it.

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