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SRAM 11 36 Cassette + Shimano Ultegra R8000 Medium Cage

As a flatlander who likes to climb, I’m always on the lookout for some mechanical advantage which can make it easier to get up the hills. SRAM’s 11-36 cassette is an obvious way to do that, but officially my Shimano R8050 (R8000 should be the same) rear mech only supports up to 34 in the back. Having tried the Ultegra 11-34, and not being a big fan, if this works. It seems…

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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 175mm 50/34 weight

As a confessed weight weenie, I generally try to find the weight of components before impulsively buying it. There are a couple reasons for this: first it helps slow down the process (i.e. fewer things that I need to explain to my partner later), and second if I’m going to add weight to the bike I want it to be a conscious, measured decision. So it was quite frustrating that I wasn’t…

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