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    160 gram 11-36 cassette?

    Mountainbike 11 36 Cassette 10 Speed for Shimano XTR Deore XT Recon CNB | eBay

    Anyone have experience with one of these? Im considering one for a race day only wheelset.
    Giant XTC Composite 29er, SID XX World Cup fork, AC Race 29 wheels
    Giant TCR advanced with Ultegra Di2

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    I'm sure it's just like every other cassette from Recon. Some will say it's awesome but the majority will say it doesn't shift as well as Shimano/Sram and has terrible longevity. At least it doesn't cost a fortune. Maybe try it and report back.

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    The LAST thing you want to do is compromise your shifting performance on raceday. You'll be quicker and more efficient with a reliable cassette, than with a lighter one.
    Just one missed shift on a climb, nullifies any gain you may have felt from running a light aluminum cassette. Some racers would also rather run a steel derailleur hanger over the aluminum one, to gain some security and reliability in shifting. Reducing weight is fine if you just want a light bike, but if you want to drop some weight to gain performance for racing, think of what you are compromising first. I still run a heavy steel railed saddle on my WW bike, because I like the feel and fit of the saddle.

    I also run a 156 gram, 11-28 SRAM cassette that shifts like a champ!

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    If it was me I would stick with a XTR.

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    Recon 10 speed cassettes (especially alloy) are garbage and their customer service is even worse. For starters, the e-mail reply is slow and the phone # is for Taiwan. Are you going to call Taiwan just to get worthless customer service? After quite a long wait, I finally received an argumentative e-mail reply blaming me for the cassette breaking. I used a Recon gold alloy on one ride and it broke. I was not shifting under load, carelessly, or improperly. When I asked about a warranty replacement, I was essentially told I did not know how to ride and that is what broke the cassette. The reply said, "You are not a good fit for alloy cassettes." These cassettes shift okay with a new chain and new front crank, but not anywhere near as crisp as a SRAM or Shimano cassette. Five teeth broke off the second smallest cog. Stay away from this company's products. The weight savings is not worth throwing your money away.

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    My guess is that you didn't have the time to read the three threads in which you posted before buying the cassette.

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    I wish I would have done more research before buying a bike with a Recon cassette! Hopefully folks can be warned what a crappy company Recon is so that they know to avoid them. There is not much in the way of reviews out there, so hopefully my posts are helpful.

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