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    ebay RECON cassette. STAY AWAY!

    Thought I would give this recon aluminum cassette a try. After 300kms the teeth are rounded off and the chain skips under power. That's what I get for buying a 100 cassette lol. This was the Ti nitrate coated version as well so doesn't matter how they coat the **** its still ****.

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    one seller of this cassette included in red letter in his item listing "Not For Heavy Duty Use"

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    Truly no offense is intended but you probably should have done a little more research before you bought an alloy cassette. I have a friend who used to ride pro triathlons and used alloy and ti cassettes; they were good for one race.

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    tell me about it. It was only $100 so I'm not crying about it just wanted to give it a try. My usual is Ultegra.

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    What do you mean "only 100"? That's more than Ultegra cassettes cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
    What do you mean "only 100"? That's more than Ultegra cassettes cost.
    Huh? Where? My lbs sells them for 160. The da sells for 250 and the 1090 300! Where is this amazing fantasy source?

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    Quote Originally Posted by svard75 View Post
    Huh? Where? My lbs sells them for 160. The da sells for 250 and the 1090 300! Where is this amazing fantasy source?
    Are you joking?

    Shimano Ultegra 6700 Cassette - Road Bike Cassettes

    The MSRP on Ultegra cassettes is $99. That's what shops usually sell them for. If you use the Internets (like you did when you bought the aluminum thingy) the price drops to well less than $100. I can't imagine a shop getting away with charging $160. Who would pay that?

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    Wasn't in my interest, but I do get curious about some eBay components regarding if they're too good to be true or not. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
    Are you joking?

    Shimano Ultegra 6700 Cassette - Road Bike Cassettes

    The MSRP on Ultegra cassettes is $99. That's what shops usually sell them for. If you use the Internets (like you did when you bought the aluminum thingy) the price drops to well less than $100. I can't imagine a shop getting away with charging $160. Who would pay that?

    RBR is a US website with mostly US posters, so the assumption is that all information presented is in US dollars unless stated otherwise.
    I'm impatient so I usually get it here but I found any component I buy from my lbs is 100% marked up in comparison to online shops. For example I bought an xtr crankset for my mtb of jensonusa for 299 and out of curiosity I asked the guy for cost. He pulled out his 2009 mrsp supplier book and quoted me 799 for the exact same thing! I'm sure if I had more time I could try other lbs but so far the three in my area are pretty much the same.

    Anyway I now have time to order a couple of these. Thanks for the link.

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    Online is about the same as wholesale, but you should never pay more than MSRP at a shop. That's ridiculous. I pulled that MSRP right from Quality Bicycle Parts. $160 would be much more than double dealer cost!

    I'd find a different shop. Those prices are out of line.
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    Twenty years ago, alloy cassettes or freewheels were special event use only, usually mountain stages or climbs where weight mattered. Back then, getting a bike under 19-20 pounds was significant. Aluminum cassettes have a very short life but are cheap to manufacture.
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    I had a RECON cassette. Bought it for around $100 new with a group buy on slowtwitch.com a couple of years ago. It was light, but It was also the worst shifting cassette I have ever come across. After a few weeks of trying to adjust the derailleurs, I just gave up.

    Stay away from this piece of crap.

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    Just got a6700 ultegra cassette at nashbar for 67 and free shipping. If u want to buy local, walk into your lbs and give them 75 cash, I guarantee they don't let you leave empty handed.

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    Did you use a new chain? How heavy are you? I have customers using these on MTBs and get 500-700 miles out of them. Road bikes around 1000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MerlinDS View Post
    Just got a6700 ultegra cassette at nashbar for 67 and free shipping. If u want to buy local, walk into your lbs and give them 75 cash, I guarantee they don't let you leave empty handed.
    All cassettes in US market had a tarrif(sp?) placed on them earlier this year(not kidding). $67 with free shipping is better than I can buy a new 6700 cassette for at wholesale. $75 doesn't make enough margin on a 105/1050 cassette at current wholesale prices to be worthwhile.

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    Well that sucks, I get paid on margin so I understand where u r coming from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beston View Post
    I had a RECON cassette. Bought it for around $100 new with a group buy on slowtwitch.com a couple of years ago. It was light, but It was also the worst shifting cassette I have ever come across. After a few weeks of trying to adjust the derailleurs, I just gave up.

    Stay away from this piece of crap.
    I bought one too just to try it out. It was definitely light, 11-27 @ 90 grams but the shifting was so inconsistent. I gave up on it and will use it as a paper weight on my desk.

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    Performance has Ultegra 6700 cassettes online for $75 and though that is not the in-store price, if you mention the online price, the store will sell it for the online price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRT BOY View Post
    Did you use a new chain? How heavy are you? I have customers using these on MTBs and get 500-700 miles out of them. Road bikes around 1000 miles.
    Brand new KMC UL Gold chain and cassette at the same time. I weigh 210lb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svard75 View Post
    Brand new KMC UL Gold chain and cassette at the same time. I weigh 210lb.
    Weight might be an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRT BOY View Post
    Weight might be an issue.
    I don't doubt that but you won't see all the conditions list on the ebay store. I haven't actually had any issues with shifting, they may have corrected that in these newer designs. Anyway I don't blame them for this. Its a very real world usable cassette for a couple of races max and its superlight.

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    I love my Recon cassettes: I've got two, 12-23 and 12-27. For short hillclimbs they're great. I clean my chain before using them. I don't use them in crappy conditions. They're super-light, a small fraction the cost of other top-level cassettes, and for training rides who cares about 100 grams anyway? I get low-cost weight savings when I need it and for that these are perfect. For "put it on and forget about it" you should be using Ultegra/Rival level stuff.

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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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    I saw these cassettes in one of the local LBSs, the shop owner basically told me it was crap and advised against it
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    Quote Originally Posted by djconnel View Post
    I love my Recon cassettes: I've got two, 12-23 and 12-27. For short hillclimbs they're great. I clean my chain before using them. I don't use them in crappy conditions. They're super-light, a small fraction the cost of other top-level cassettes, and for training rides who cares about 100 grams anyway? I get low-cost weight savings when I need it and for that these are perfect. For "put it on and forget about it" you should be using Ultegra/Rival level stuff.
    To each his own; because to me that makes no sense. I can get at least two Ultegra 6700 cassettes for the price of one of these Recons. But I assume by "top-level cassettes" you mean something like a Dura Ace Ti cassette, even then; ~$160+ is not a small fraction of ~$230; and for what, all to save some 50g over the DA cassette and barely 100g over Ultegra. To top it all off, they seem to shift much worse than Shimano cassettes.

    Does not compute.
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