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    Hi All, Does anyone know about tighter gear ratios for cassettes?


    This is my current cassette. Bikeman Shimano HG50 10-Speed 11-36t Cassette


    When I am peddling and want to switch to a slightly harder (or easier) gear, and one switch often feels like a big change. I'm looking for a cassette (or solution in general) that will give me finer adjustments when I change gears so that the change does not feel as large. I don't want to switch the front chain ring either just to get small adjustments. If the first two cogs are eliminated (11T and 13T) that is okay as I don't use those much anyway. Any ideas? Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovacsa View Post
    Hi All, Does anyone know about tighter gear ratios for cassettes?


    This is my current cassette. Bikeman Shimano HG50 10-Speed 11-36t Cassette


    When I am peddling and want to switch to a slightly harder (or easier) gear, and one switch often feels like a big change. I'm looking for a cassette (or solution in general) that will give me finer adjustments when I change gears so that the change does not feel as large. I don't want to switch the front chain ring either just to get small adjustments. If the first two cogs are eliminated (11T and 13T) that is okay as I don't use those much anyway. Any ideas? Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!
    There are tons of cassettes that have closer ratios, all you have to do is look for smaller large cogs. Most will start w/ 11, some will start w/ 12. Shimano makes 'junior' cassettes for racers under 18...they are 14-28. Sounds like that might work for you. Pretty sure they're only available at the Ultegra level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kovacsa View Post

    This is my current cassette. Bikeman Shimano HG50 10-Speed 11-36t Cassette
    All you had to do was go up one page from the link you provided. 21 different options for you to choose from.

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    11-36 is a ridiculously wide ranging cassette. Even a moderately wide cassette is going to have more useful gear steps than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kovacsa View Post
    Hi All, Does anyone know about tighter gear ratios for cassettes?


    This is my current cassette. Bikeman Shimano HG50 10-Speed 11-36t Cassette


    When I am peddling and want to switch to a slightly harder (or easier) gear, and one switch often feels like a big change. I'm looking for a cassette (or solution in general) that will give me finer adjustments when I change gears so that the change does not feel as large. I don't want to switch the front chain ring either just to get small adjustments. If the first two cogs are eliminated (11T and 13T) that is okay as I don't use those much anyway. Any ideas? Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!
    This one will give you pretty close gearing without sacrificing too much at the hill climbing end and only loses the 11T at the high end:

    Bikeman Shimano Ultegra 6700 10-Speed 12-30t Cassette

    Or for a less expensive source, Jensen USA has it here:

    http://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-Ult...peed-Cassette/


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    If you don't need the super low gearing, there are plenty of closely spaced cassettes. 12/25 would be as close as you can get and unless you have some pretty long steep grades would take care of most rider's needs with a compact crank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
    11-36 is a ridiculously wide ranging cassette. Even a moderately wide cassette is going to have more useful gear steps than that.
    Seriously, that's a mountain/touring bike cassette. I've never ran a large cog on a road bike larger than 32T. Currently, none larger than 28T.
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    I'm a fan of the 11-25 11 speed cassette. A bail out gear that I didn't used to have and still close ratios throughout. I don't think I miss the 18t the 11-23 comes with, even though I rarely use the bail out 25t. On my tandem I have the 11-28 which has an extra bail out gear (need it sometimes on a tandem) but loses the 16t which I do miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovacsa View Post
    Hi All, Does anyone know about tighter gear ratios for cassettes?


    This is my current cassette. Bikeman Shimano HG50 10-Speed 11-36t Cassette


    When I am peddling and want to switch to a slightly harder (or easier) gear, and one switch often feels like a big change. I'm looking for a cassette (or solution in general) that will give me finer adjustments when I change gears so that the change does not feel as large. I don't want to switch the front chain ring either just to get small adjustments. If the first two cogs are eliminated (11T and 13T) that is okay as I don't use those much anyway. Any ideas? Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!
    Start by understanding what range of gearing you need. If you currently require the 36t rear combined with whatever small chainring you have, then you have few choices to get a narrower cassette unless you get a smaller chainring.

    Lots of people have these super-wide cassettes who don't actually need the range. If you currently are running a 34/50 crankset, and need the 36 cog in the back, then the odds are good that you don't have the power to actually make use of the 50/11(faster to coast downhill (35 mph) in a tight tuck than to spin 100 rpm in a 50/11) Look at a crank that will allow much smaller front rings so you can choose a narrower cassette and keep the same low gear.

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    You also did not give us your crankset info; do you have a common double (53/39-ish), a compact (50/34-ish), a triple, or maybe even no front derailleur? If you have the first, I would think you live in a hilly place. The second, a very hilly place, the third, a very hilly place that you ride fully-laden for touring, and the fourth, would be just about perfect for a normally hilly-ish area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kovacsa View Post
    Hi All, Does anyone know about tighter gear ratios for cassettes?
    Miche would be the #1 source for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    Regarding the 36t Sprocket:
    meditate on Rule #5
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