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I Reken I have ANOTHER bike project in the works

Posted by RL Policar On September - 16 - 2008

13 Responses to “I Reken I have ANOTHER bike project in the works”

  1. Ghost Rider says:

    Is that a Dura Ace cassette? Aren’t some of the cogs made of titanium? With a lot of grit, you’re not gonna be happy when those cogs wear out prematurely.

  2. RL Policar says:

    Yes Dura Ace. Our experience with them is about 6-8 months of life before having to change them out.

  3. Ghost Rider says:

    Is there an advantage (besides a little bit of weight) to using Dura Ace rather than something else? I want way more than 6 months out of an expensive cassette!

  4. RL Policar says:

    Tighter gearing. You’re not jumping 3-4 teeth per gear. You can maintain a smoother cadence when shifting through the gears. The 27t helps with faster climbing.

    Priscilla runs Dura Ace and she’s wicked fast!

  5. Ghost Rider says:

    What I’m getting at is: couldn’t you use another road cassette, like an Ultegra or even 105…something made of steel that isn’t so dadblamed expensive and is more durable?

  6. RL says:

    No sir, nothing but the best for RL.

  7. Ghost Rider says:

    But you’re always talking about being broke…is THIS why? ;)

  8. RL Policar says:

    I already have a cassette that I got for free. So the cost isn’t affecting my personal finances. It’s the Slurpees and Temporary Tattoos that hurt my pocket book….

  9. Moe says:

    Funny, the cassette is worth more than the frame….

  10. RL Policar says:

    hehe…cuz that’s how I roll….I do have to make a correction. It’s not a Dura Ace, but its an Ultegra cassette. My bad!

  11. Ghost Rider says:

    Alrighty, then…now we’re onto something. An Ultegra is a GREAT choice for such a setup — tight gearing and none of that silly, wear-prone titanium!

  12. Lance says:

    Hey GR…is titanium really prone to rubbing and wear? More so than aluminum or steel?

    I have a titanium wedding band(can’t afford the Ti bike parts) and it hasn’t shown any where. Then again it hasn’t had cables or shoes rubbing against it.

  13. Ghost Rider says:

    Titanium cogs seem to wear out pretty fast (but nowhere near as fast as aluminum ones). Everyone thought this was going to be a “wondermaterial” for wear-prone components, but the truth of the matter is that it is not. Some company called Viking made a titanium drive chain back in the day ($200 or so in 1994 dollars), but it didn’t succeed.

    I have a titanium wedding band and a titanium ring for my right hand, and they’re both scratched and gouged to hell. I take them off for most chores, too. The only one that has survived is a tungsten ring my wife bought me…sharp enough to cut glass and only a couple tiny scratches despite some brutal use.

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