Do all cassettes fit all hubs?

Last Update: April 20, 2022

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Simply put - 8, 9, 10 speed cassettes all fit on the same hub. A seven speed cassette will fit on an 8 speed freehub with the use of a spacer. (One notable exception is the Dura Ace FH-7801 hub with an alloy freehub which will only accept 10 speed Shimano cassettes - the newer Dura Ace hubs can run 8/9/10).

Are cassettes universal?

In some cases, it is possible to run a cassette from a different brand than the rest of your drivetrain. SRAM and Shimano cassettes, on either road or mountain bike, are interchangeable with each other as the spacing is the same between the sprockets.

How do I know if my cassette is compatible?

A good way to check compatibility is to see how many teeth your Sram cassette has. If the smallest cog is 10T, it should use an XD-style freehub, but if it's 11T then it likely uses a Shimano HG freehub. Campagnolo freehubs are compatible only with Campagnolo cassettes.

Can you put a cassette on a freewheel hub?

You cannot convert a freewheel hub to cassette. You need a new rear hub.

Can I fit any freehub?

freehub standard accepts only XD cassettes. There are 10, 11 and 12 speed cassette versions (same XD freehub body). Many wheel and hub manufacturers make XD compatible freehub bodies that can be screwed onto the hub instead of the old Shimano compatible freehub. ... SRAM have also made an XD road freehub, named XDR (XD.

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How do I know my freehub?

To determine if a sprocket is a freewheel or cassette system, remove the rear wheel from the bike. Find the tool fitting on the sprocket set. Spin the sprockets backwards. If the fittings spin with the cogs, it is a cassette system with a freehub.

What free hub do I need?

Knowing What Freehub You Need
  • If you have 10, select a Shimano/SRAM freehub.
  • If you have 12 gears, select an XDR freehub.
  • If you have 11, look at your crank.
  • If there is one chainring up front, select an XDR freehub.
  • If there are two or three chainrings (gears) up front, pick a Shimano/SRAM freehub.

Are cassettes better than freewheels?

A freewheel has a lower number of gears so is better suited for casual riders who don't require the larger selection of gears available from a cassette. It's much better coasting, allowing you to rest your legs, and if done correctly, can be useful when climbing hills and easier coming down them.

What is the difference between a freewheel and cassette hub?

What is the main difference between freewheel and cassette hub? The freewheel is a single-unit and the act of pedaling tightens the freewheel to the hub. Whereas the cassette hub is a set of gears (cogs) that slides onto a cassette and is held in place by a lock ring.

What is the difference between a freewheel and a freehub?

In both cases, inside the freewheel or freehub is a set of bearings that are separate from the bearings inside the wheel's main axle. ... The difference between a freewheel system and a freehub system is in the location of the coasting mechanism. On a freewheel system, the coasting mechanism is built into the gear cluster.

What is an 11 28 cassette?

Currently, the most common gearing setup on new road bikes is a 50/34 chainset with an 11-28 cassette. This means that the big and small chainring have 50 and 34 teeth, respectively, and the cassette's smallest cog has 11 teeth and its largest cog has 28 teeth.

Are SunRace cassettes any good?

The SunRace MX80 cassette is a good way to eek out some extra gear range and bigger granny cog for easier climbing. ... At 454% the SunRace MX80's range is bigger than the current Shimano XT 11-46t at 418%, and avoids the nasty jump between the larger two sprockets as experienced on the Shimano offering.

How do I know my cassette size?

Sprockets vary in size according to the number of teeth they have. A cassette may therefore be sized as 11-32t. The first number refers to the number of teeth on the smallest sprocket (the highest gear, for fast pedalling at speed) and the second number to the biggest sprocket (the lowest gear, for climbing hills).

Are all cassette tapes the same size?

in the audio cassette world, all cassettes are the same shape and same size. "type" refers to the chemistry of the tape. knowing the chemistry is important because different type tapes have different effects on sound reproduction.

Should my rear cassette wobble?

A slight wobble is not uncommon. Certainly not all cassettes wobble but some do and are still within specs. It's impossible to build the quantity of cassettes that Shimano and SRAM do without some variance in tolerances.

Is there a 9 speed freewheel?

This is a DNP-brand "Epoch" 9-speed freewheel. 11-34t for wide range. Since 9-speed hadn't been dreamed of when freewheels were invented, it's a little bit too wide. ... On the plus side, this is as good a freewheel as has ever been made, and will last a long time and work with your modern shifting system.

Are cassette tapes magnetic?

The Compact Cassette or Musicassette (MC), also commonly called the tape cassette, cassette tape, audio cassette, or simply tape or cassette, is an analog magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback.

What is a freehub cassette?

A freehub is a type of bicycle hub that incorporates a ratcheting mechanism. A set of sprockets (called a "cassette") is mounted onto a splined shaft of the freehub to engage the chain. ... In many high-end and midrange bicycles, freehubs have replaced freewheel systems.

Why do Freehubs click?

When the freehub body is driven in the opposite direction, the pawls can't engage with the teeth of the drive ring, so it is able to spin freely. The pawls click up and down over the teeth, which is what produces the buzz of the freehub.

Can you upgrade a freehub body?

Yes. You can replace just the hub, but you'll likely need new spokes, and a decent mechanic will charge $50+ for the job. Unless you have a really nice rim, that's not worth it. Buying a new wheel makes more sense.

Can I put a SRAM cassette on a Shimano hub?

Buyers are free to use a SRAM chain and cassette with their Shimano groupset, and vice versa, just as a SRAM chain can be paired with a Shimano cassette, and vice versa. SRAM's cassettes and chains are compatible with all of Shimano's groupsets, and vice versa.

What freehub body does SRAM NX use?

The NX cassette uses Shimano's HyperGlide (HG) freehub body instead of SRAM's XD Driver found on the rest of the brand's 12-speed cassettes. This means the cassette's range is only 11-50t compared to 10-52t for the more expensive XD versions.