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 Im looking at replacing my 9sp cassette and my ideal range is 13-28 which only Miche seems to make.
However in comparing it to another cassette such as a basic Shimano Alivio 254g (11-28) the Miche is 334g so 80g heavier. The Miche is about double the price, is the cassette alloy a higher quality? Im just confused as generally more expensive cassettes are lighter.

I realise I probably wont notice the additional weight whilst riding but it still seems odd to me.
Thanks.

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WeLoveHills [20 posts] 1 month ago
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Hmm... Where do these weights/prices come from?

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vonhelmet [1485 posts] 1 month ago
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Miche aren't selling as many cassettes as shimano, and certainly not in an unusual range like 13-28, hence it's more expensive. As for the weight, it does seem a bit high, but it looks like the alivio you refer to is drilled to save weight where the miche isn't. Either way, you're unlikely to notice 80g much.

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bechdan [260 posts] 1 month ago
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yeah good point on the number produced, it had crossed my mind, but it makes sense.

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Simon E [3864 posts] 1 month ago
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Agree that cost difference is unlikely to be related to weight or materials used. And unless you're at the sharp end of an open hill climb then cassette weight really is the last thing to worry about.

Shimano 12-27 is a nice spread of gears. SRAM PG-950 is available in 11-28, currently £19 at Tredz.

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Welsh boy [706 posts] 1 month ago
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You are paying for low volume sales.  Ask yourself how much you value the fact that you will have the gear ratios you want and not the ones Shimano mass produce.  Ask yourself how significant 80g is in the overall weight of your bike.  The answer, as far as I am concerned, is that I happily pay the premium for my Miche 11 speed, 13-27 is perfect for me, I dont want an 11 or 12 tooth and I dont want anything bigger than 27, if I went the cheap route I would be carrying 2 or 3 sprockets I didnt want.  Not very good value for money or efficient use of the weight as far as I am concerned.

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bechdan [260 posts] 1 month ago
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all good points thanks you good folk