Looking to upgrade. What's the lightest and most durable cassette currently out there? I know they may be two seperate animals but I want my cake and eat it too.
Ultegra or a high end offering from SRAM.
That said, a cassette is about the worst place to save weight. The weight reduction is minor and it comes at the cost of durability. I buy 105 level cassettes and try and have three since I usually have a training wheel and then two sets of wheels for each bike. That gets pricey really fast if you have two hundred dollar cassettes.
You said lightest and most durable. For almost all cassettes those are opposing forces given the lighter weight comes from less durable material.
I have no personal experience but the XX cassettes seem like they would be light and durable. But durability is largely a component of how well you maintain your chain. Even if you had a cassette that would never ever wear out ever the chain would begin to skip at some point. Best to just replace chains often [twice a 'cross season for me].
I just put on a KMC SL ti nitride chain. Never used one but thought I'd give one try. I hose the bike after rides and generally keep the drivetrain pretty clean.
Always fighting the durability vs. weight contradiction.
General rule of thumb, pick 2
Light + Durable = Not affordable
Affordable + Duarable = Not light
Light + Affordable = Not Durable
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