I’m in the process of building a hardtail and as part of that I’ve been in the process of selecting components. The subject of cassettes came while I was pontificating parts with the boys over at Eastside Cycles. I knew I didn’t want to go Eagle. I also knew I wanted a Shimano derailure and shifter, but the XT cassette is a total pig and the XTR meant running a double or some tiny chainring (yes, I’m a wimp and a normal MTB ride here is always a few thousand feet elevation gain). Enter the E Thirteen cassette. It is a 9-46T 11 speed cassette.
I spent some time with the gear calculator to really wrap my head around the range that’s offered by this cassette.
|Current (SRAM 11-42T)||0.67||2.55|
|E Thirteen (9-46T)||0.65||3.33|
That’s some incredible range. Since the bike isn’t finished (waiting on parts), I’m not sure how it will shift or if the steps between gears will bother me, but I figure it’s a good experiment. As I learn more and get some practical experience I’ll come back and review.