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    9 speed cassettes

    Which do you prefer? 11/32 or 11/34?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRA DOG
    Which do you prefer? 11/32 or 11/34?
    11-34-------even tho I do not use the 34 when in the granny ring ------- But I do use the 34 when on the middle ring for my default climbing gear .

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    32... allows me to use more gear combs while running a med cage derailleur.

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    On my 29er I prefer the 12-27.

    On my 26ers I prefer 11-32.
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    11-34, I NEED all the help i can get with my bike weighing 37 pounds!!
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    34 , I'm weak .

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    11/34 all the way...you will climb faster on those gnarly hills and recover quicker!

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    11-34 for the Phoenix area. When I lived in Utah and rode in the mountains, I liked the 11-32, because 22/34 was just too small to really pedal up the steep loose stuff without spinning out. Since I moved to Phoenix, I like the 11-34 because I can pretty much stay in the middle ring (32) up front all the time, and have little need for the 22 ring. With a 11-34 rear, and a 32 front, you can pretty much go 1x9 here in Phoenix (unless you are an xc racer type and need the 44/46 big ring).
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    Also, the gear ratios are different between an 11-32 and an 11-34:

    Sram pg990:
    (11-32) 11-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32 - 275 grams
    (11-34) 11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-34 - 305 grams

    Shimano XT is the same ratio, not sure about the weight.

    So if you look at just the lowest 5 gears, you have an even difference of 2 gears throughout the range;
    18-21-24-28-32 vs. 20-23-26-30-34
    In the higher gears, with the 34 rear, you have easier gears all the way through the range with a slightly bigger difference in gearing in the 11-20 range. With the 32 rear, you have faster gears all the way through, and a bit tighter gearing in the 11-18 range.
    Last edited by mountainflow; 08-19-2009 at 12:32 AM.
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