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New chain, replace the cassette too!

Discussion in 'Maintenance' started by Greg, May 26, 2014.

  1. Greg

    Greg MTB Rider Staff Member

    A couple of weeks ago the bike began to struggle getting into the 11 and 36t gears, fixed by fitting a new chain though this then caused awful chain jump in the lower gears, to the point one of the chain link pins bent :( Easily repaired with a KMC Speed Link.

    So this weekend the Grand Canyon AL SLX 7.9 29er has been treated to some more new shiny bits, well one, a rear cassette. I'm trying out a different chain lube. As much as I like the Muc-Off C3 Wet Ceramic Lube its a total mare to keep cleaning off cassette, chain and chain ring!!! Having read plenty of great reviews for Squirt Long Lasting Dry Lube I decided to give it a go ... we'll see how it fares over the next few months, hopefully it will be cleaner than the Muc-Off lube in wet weather which will help reduce wear in the long run. It'll get a good test next Saturday as have a 40 miler planned :whew:

    Cheap Deore cassette = mangled hub :doh: Already filed down once on a previous service a couple of months ago.
    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette-1.jpg

    Worn teeth!
    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette-4.jpg

    Deore cassette = no carrier.
    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette-5.jpg

    SLX & XT cassettes save hubs! (Low gears anyway :p)
    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette-3.jpg

    New vs. Old.
    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette-2.jpg

    XT cassette expanded view.
    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette-1.jpg

    Shiny Newness.
    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette-2.jpg

    Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Cassette Zee-1.jpg

  2. Origami Crane

    Origami Crane New Member

    Nice! I always love putting shiny new parts on my bike! I haven't had to replace my chain yet. I have a feeling that I will have to soon though.
  3. chris obrien

    chris obrien Active Member

    think I prefer sram cassettes over shimano

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