Chains and Cassettes... Any reason to stray from Shimano?
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    Chains and Cassettes... Any reason to stray from Shimano?

    It's time to swap the cables, housing, chain and cassette again. This has admittedly become a bit mindless - just order the same stuff and swap. But, I thought before I do the same thing one more time, I'd get some opinions.

    Any reason not to stick with Ultegra CN-HG701 chain and CS-R8000 Cassette?

    The rest of the drivetrain is Ultegra 6800 mech.
    (6800 stuff is already getting harder to find and costs as much as 8000)

    SRAM? KMC?

    Thanks!

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    I think they're the same quality. I'll generally use keep things brand consistent but there's no problem mixing them at all.
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    Thanks @cxwrench. I'm guilty of not keeping up with parts, bikes, etc. Also, not RTFN... It's bitten me in the ass a few times - like when Shimano added that tiny adjustment screw to the front derailleur ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Thanks @cxwrench. I'm guilty of not keeping up with parts, bikes, etc. Also, not RTFN... It's bitten me in the ass a few times - like when Shimano added that tiny adjustment screw to the front derailleur ;-)
    Yeah...what the hell are those little metal squares for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Yeah...what the hell are those little metal squares for?
    Yep, only installed 5 or 6 FDs before I figured that one out. Okay... "I" may not be entirely ture. I was installing a front derailleur for a friend - an engineer - who was reading the FM (of the RTFM) and said "Oh, look... " and showed me what those where... which led to the little adjuster screw discovery.

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    The first year those derailleurs were out I would say that probably 80% of the ones I saw from other shops didn't have the screw contacting anything. Since then they've introduced the 'new' front derailleur and it's probably down to 60%. Instead of that being the only mistake made I now rarely see a front derailleur (toggle link type) that is set up correctly at all. Most have at least 2 things done incorrectly. You are definitely not alone in your mistake! Many of the current frames don't require the backing plate for the screw either. All of the Trek carbon frames are reinforced in that area and some don't even have room for the plate anymore due the extra carbon behind the braze-on mount.
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