Shimano’S Massive 10spd Cassette Is Backwards Compatibility Done Right

Shimano’s massive 10spd cassette is backwards compatibility done right

Last year Shimano released a 10-speed cassette with a huge 11-42t range as part of the updated Deore M6000 groupset . The latest CS-HG500-10 (which already existed in three less exciting ratios) fits standard HG-style freehubs and, as well as working with current Deore components, it's ideal for 1× conversions. It’s also a relatively affordable way to get some seriously low gears on your older bike. Shimano's new Deore M6000 group looks impressively refined Buyer's guide to MTB groupsets How to convert your bike to a 1x drivetrain 10 mighty cogs The HG500 11-42t cassette weighs 424g on our scales and has 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 37, and 42t sprockets. The largest is alloy while the rest are steel, and the riveted-together carrier is steel too, with built-in plastic spacers and plenty of holes for lightness. Its size aside, it’s like any other Shimano cassette and ...

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