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Harris Custom Century Special 13-30 9-speed Cassette

Harris Custom

Century Special 13-30 9-speed Cassette

Model # (CS922)
$119.95
Availability: In Stock
Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (8 Reviews)
 

Harris Custom Century Special 13-30 9-speed Cassette

13 - 14 - 15 - 17 - 19 - 21 - 24 - 27 - 30t

305 grams.

This is a Harris Cyclery exclusive, designed by Sheldon Brown, using Shimano sprockets.

This is intended to provide nice low gears and still preserve reasonably close spacing in the cruising range, without wasting gears by devoting space to ludicrously high gears. This is intended to be a good match for bikes with traditional "full sized" chainrings.

It is generally good practice to replace the chain when you replace the cassette.

We recommend the SRAM PC-951 chain for use with this cassette.

This cassette will index with any Shimano-type 9-speed shifter and any rear derailer.

This cassette will fit any Shimano 8- or 9-speed hub.

You can check the gearing options out with our On Line Gear Calculator


 

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5.0 stars

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Pros

  • Easy to install  (5)
  • Durable 
  • Fits ultegra derailer 
  • Inexpensive 
  • Lightweight 

Cons

  • Heavy  (2)

Best Uses

  • Road biking  (7)
  • Upgrade  (2)
  • Casual riding 
  • Hill riding 
  • Racing 

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5.0

Great for hill climb racing

By sletarte

from Rochester, NY

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Pros

  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Racing

    Comments:

    I am an avid hillclimb racer (road bike, up mountains). This gearing combination allows me to train on hills as steep as 24% grade and gradually build my strength throughout the spring. I used to swap out to a 30/39/52 triple before races such as Mt. Washington (NH) or Equinox (VT), but now find that a 39/52 with the "Century Special" is just the ticket for those 12% average grade races. After owning this for over a year, I still find no issues. Thanks for a great product!

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    5.0

    The Benefits of Realistic Expectations

    By Pa

    from Toronto, Ontario

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking
        • Upgrade

        Comments:

        I am sixty years old and have been cycling for about fifty five years. My knees have been more sensitive to pushing too hard at too low a cadence. This cassette lets me choose a gear that allows me to keep my cadence in the low nineties at nearly any speed travelling around Southern Ontario. The consequences of age have forced me to look for this solution but I suspect cassettes that offer lower, closer spaced gearing would be better for most cyclists. I have never been able to shoulder into 52/11 high gearing. On a heavier, more comfortable hybrids lower gearing becomes even more useful. This cassette is a very big step in the right direction for older cyclists. I would like to try a cassette that has 15-16-17-19-21-23-26-30-33 sprockets. I will not be getting younger.

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        5.0

        GET THIS before you try a compact crank

        By bikerbobing

        from Coshocton, OH

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Smooth shifting
        • Easy To Install
        • Fits Ultegra Derailer

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Road Biking
        • Hill Riding

        Comments:

        I recently moved to an area with A LOT of hills. Even my short local commute was tough because of all the climbing I had to do on the way home. I considered a compact 10 speed crank and BB, but saw this and thought I would try it. I am very glad I did! On my very first ride, I could feel the difference. I have a full Ultegra 9 speed group, with a 53/39 chainring, and this was bolt-on. Very little derailer adjustment needed. I did NOT need to replace my B screw with a longer one either. The 30 tooth rear cog may be as big as my derailer can handle, but I could not be happier with the performance. I also bought the SRAM PC-951 chain recommended by Harris Cyclery, and both products work well together. Definitely worth the price, and a lot cheaper than changing to a compact 10 speed crank and BB. Now that I have my "Century Special", I a enjoy riding my bike again. Thank you, Sheldon Brown. Your work continues to help cyclists like me.

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        5.0

        Fear no hill

        By JTP

        from Kitsap County, WA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments:

          I love to explore the less traveled side roads and around here that often means 10%-15% grades. This cassette allows me to keep a decent cadence on all but the steepest sections which is important for my 50 year old knees!

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          4.0

          Conquering Bridges

          By Fred

          from Phila Pa

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking
            • Upgrade

            Comments:

            Thanks, I do the ms150 city to shore from Cherry Hill NJ to Ocean City NJ, at the last leg their are 2 killer bridges with steep inclines. This new gearing helps this old man get to the finish.

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            5.0

            Saved my butt....

            By Maurizio

            from Schenectady, NY

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Biking

                Comments:

                Being able to squeeze this 30-tooth cog on my bike with my standard Ultegra derailleur was enough to (barely) get me over Lincoln Gap (20% to 24% grades) in central VT. I don't have the option at the moment of switching from my standard 39x53 to a compact or triple, but this gave me enough gear inches to weave my way over that monster.

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                5.0

                No need to trade your bike for a triple

                By ex-Hill Slug

                from Redmond, WA

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Inexpensive
                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Biking

                  Comments:

                  This cluster saved me a ton of dough. I was having a heck of a time on all the hills in the area - couldn't keep up to all my frinds on their triples. "Keep riding, you'll get stronger" they kept telling me. (Sure, but not younger.) "Upgrade to a triple (ka-ching, we can help you with that)" the bike shops kept telling me. I knew Campy offered a hill cluster so I had hope - and found it! Thank you Sheldon Brown!

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                  5.0

                  Best Gearing

                  By Spinner

                  from Watertown, ma

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Biking

                  Comments:

                  I really love the gearing of this cassete. I find that i can spin up hills in a 42-30 and pass other riders on there uber light weight bikes. This cassette is not made with competition in mind, but it sure works in that arena as well. I find all the gears to be much more useful. I can't reccomend this product enouph..

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