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Complete List of Wide Range Cassettes for Bikepacking

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Wide range cassettes are pushing massive gear ranges these days, many well over 500% and some up to a whopping 578%. We are firm believers that these can round out a great bikepacking 1x drivetrain that's perfectly capable for climbing steep mountain passes and going down the other side. For reference, we’ve put together a complete list of over 30 options with ranges of 450% or higher, each with complete specs...

Believe it or not, it was just a few years ago when Shimano introduced their 11-speed 11-46T cassette—2016, to be exact—providing a huge jump in range that was still compatible with a standard Shimano freehub. The XT-level M-8000 cassette was, and still is, a solid option for bikepacking. It’s an inexpensive and reliable way to add some better climbing gears while modernizing your drivetrain. But now, just a few years later, the 418% range of 11-46 cassettes is barely considered wide anymore given the availability of many 11- and 12-speed wide range cassettes that boast ranges well over 450%. And we’re not just talking about the readily available and more talked about 12-speed drivetrains offered by SRAM and Shimano.

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Wide Range Cassettes Defined

It might depend on who you’re asking, and what kind of rider they are, but we think a wide range drivetrain refers to enough gears, alongside a big enough cassette that will get you up steep climbs and down the other side. For mountain bikes, a modern 1x drivetrain goes a long way. Match any of the wide range cassettes listed below with a 28, 30, or 32T chainring and you’ve got yourself a simple yet totally capable drivetrain for bikepacking.

Gravel bikes often come stock with larger chainrings that are great for keeping up speed on the flats and downhills, but less ideal for steep climbs while loaded up for bikepacking. Having a wide range 11- or 12-speed cassette, or running a front derailleur, can be especially useful when trying to cover different types of terrain on the same drivetrain. And, now there are quite a few options for running road shifters with mountain bike derailleurs and wide range cassettes. Check out our Guide to Mullet Drivetrains for more on that subject.

Looking just at cassettes, divide the number of teeth on the largest sprocket by the smallest, then multiply that by 100 to get the range in a percentage. Our opinion is anything around or over 450% can be considered wide range. Although many riders are just fine running cassettes closer to a 420% range, like any number of 11-46T cassettes available. Some riders value the higher end gears offered by the small 9T and 10T sprockets, allowing the use of a smaller front chainring without loosing the top end. Others will prefer the low gearing provided by massive 50T (and bigger) cogs, which are great for climbing super steep trails and exploring mountainous regions like the Tian Shan or the Peruvian Andes.

What’s in a Wide Range Cassette?

The differences between various cassette models and manufacturers isn’t always clear. We had to do some digging just to find the current specs we listed with each option below, which doesn’t include some key features that influence the price of the component. How the cogs are manufactured and the materials used will directly influence the price, weight, and durability of the cassette. For example, machined cogs are more expensive to produce than stamped ones—and high quality metals will be pricier than basic steel alternatives. This is also related to the construction of the cassette, and whether the cogs were machined out of a single piece of metal or are pinned together with rivets.

What’s also sometimes difficult to understand are the various finishing techniques, often differentiated between different levels within a single brand, which manufacturers claim provide longer lasting components. Finally, the overall weight will often mean a more precise design went into making the cassette or that higher-end materials are being used. In any case, selecting a cassette isn’t always black and white. It’s worth asking around to hear some other riders’ experiences, especially shop owners and mechanics, and try some options out for yourself.

List of Wide Range Cassettes for Bikepacking

We’ve put together a list of over 30 wide range cassettes, all offering ranges of 450% or higher, and included key specs to help differentiate among them. If you’re planning to add a new cassette to your bike, your first concern will be selecting the appropriate freehub compatibility, or figuring out if a conversion is available for your rear hub—a perfect question for your local bike shop. Most will require a new chain and derailleur as well, depending on your current drivetrain, which should also be considered when pricing things out. Find the entire list below. You can expand each one to find more specs, photos, weights, links, and details. Note that a few of these cassettes that appear without a price are OEM-only. Unlike other Gear Indexes, we kept all of these marked as untested to optimize the list for research purposes. Find a few notes about which ones we like at the bottom of the page.

  • $359.99
    Box One Prime 9-Speed Cassette

    Box One Prime 9-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-50T / 455%
    • Construction: 9 steel cogs
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    Box Components’ launched their Prime 9 cassettes using the tagline, “nine is fine”, providing the range of a 12-speed drivetrain with only 9. The Box One Prime 9-Speed Cassette is their highest end offering, weighing just 350g due to a chromoly steel unibody construction and aluminum support. The steps are as follows: 11,13,15,18,22,28,34,42,50. Although the cassette is compatible with most modern 9-speed chains and chainrings, you’ll have to pick up one of Box Components’ shifters and derailleurs to complete the package. Check out Logan’s thoughts on the Box Prime 9 drivetrain here.

    • Box One Prime 9 Speed Cassette
    • Box One Prime 9 Speed Cassette
    • Box One Prime 9 Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 350 grams (12.3 oz)
    • Price: $359.99
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $74.49
    Box Three Prime 9-Speed Cassette

    Box Three Prime 9-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-50T / 455%
    • Construction: 9 steel cogs
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    The Box Three Prime 9 is what Box describes as their “best all rounder cassette” and another option in their wide range 9-speed lineup. The Box Three Prime 9 is the heaviest of the bunch, weighing 660g, but it’s also the most affordable cassette in this index and still offers a decent range of 450%. It’s worth noting that legacy 9-speed shifters and derailleurs are not compatible with Box Prime 9 cassettes, so there aren’t many options for cross compatibility.

    • Box Three Prime 9 Speed Cassette
    • Box Three Prime 9 Speed Cassette
    • Box Three Prime 9 Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 660 grams (23.3 oz)
    • Price: $74.49
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $99.99
    Box Two Prime 9-Speed Cassette

    Box Two Prime 9-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-50T / 455%
    • Construction: 9 alloy steel cogs
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    If the Box One Prime 9 isn’t in the budget, then the Box Two Prime 9-Speed Cassette is worth checking out. Providing the same 455% range, but designed around nine alloy steel pinned to alloy spiders. It’s a heavy cassette at 645g but with an affordable retail price and what Box claims as their “most durable cassette”, it could be a real contender for a simple bikepacking setup.

    • Box Prime 9 review, wide range 1x9 drivetrain
    • Box Prime 9 review, wide range 1x9 drivetrain
    • Box Prime 9 review, wide range 1x9 drivetrain
    • Weight: 645 grams (22.8 oz)
    • Price: $99.99
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $249
    eThirteen TRS+ 11-Speed Cassette (GEN 2)

    eThirteen TRS+ 11-Speed Cassette (GEN 2)

    • Gears/Range: 9-46T / 511%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 10 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    e*Thirteen’s updated TRS+ 11-Speed Cassette now features a single alloy cog and ten steel cogs for added durability. e*Thirteen’s two-piece design means components are replaceable, including the three largest cogs, which have a tendency to wear out first. The cassette is only compatible with XD Driver freehubs, and includes e*Thirteen’s exclusive 9T cog on the high end.

    • eThirteen 11 Speed Cassette
    • eThirteen 11 Speed Cassette
    • eThirteen 11 Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 339 grams (12 oz)
    • Price: $249
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $279
    eThirteen TRS+ 12-Speed Cassette

    eThirteen TRS+ 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 9-50T / 556%
    • Construction: 2 alloy cogs, 10 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    e*Thirteen’s TRS+ 12-Speed Cassette is designed to sync up with any SRAM Eagle and Shimano 12-speed drivetrains, but with the advantage of their exclusive 9T sprocket – allowing for a smaller front chainring and additional ground clearance. The cassette is compatible with XD Driver only, and is also available in 9-46T range.

    • Ethirteen TRS Plus Cassette
    • Ethirteen TRS Plus Cassette
    • Ethirteen TRS Plus Cassette
    • Weight: 393 grams (13.9 oz)
    • Price: $279
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $234
    Garbaruk 11-Speed HG Cassette

    Garbaruk 11-Speed HG Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-50T / 455%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 10 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    For those running a standard Shimano HG freehub, the Garbaruk 11-Speed HG Cassette offers a wide range of 455% with a gear ratio of 11-50T. Just like the XD-specific model, it keeps the price down and weight lower, while still using ten steel cogs and a single alloy cog on the largest ring.

    • Garbaruk 11 Speed HG Cassette
    • Garbaruk 11 Speed HG Cassette
    • Garbaruk 11 Speed HG Cassette
    • Weight: 311 grams (11 oz)
    • Price: $234
    • Place of Manufacture: Poland
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  • $279
    Garbaruk 11-Speed XD Cassette

    Garbaruk 11-Speed XD Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-50T / 500%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 10 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    Garbaruk’s XD-driver specific 11-speed cassette is available in two different ranges, both weighing just over 300g. Priced at $250 USD for the 10-48T, and $279 for the 10-50T, they appear to be pretty good option to shed some extra weight while not spending too much. Besides the largest alloy cog, the cassette is made of steel, so durability should be pretty good.

    • Garbaruk 11 Speed Cassette XD
    • Garbaruk 11 Speed Cassette XD
    • Weight: 319 grams (11.3 oz)
    • Price: $279
    • Place of Manufacture: Poland
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  • $283
    Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette

    Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears / Range: 10-52T / 520%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 11 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    Designed and manufactured in Poland, Garbaruk has developed a reputation for their lightweight bicycle components, including wide range 11 and 12-speed cassettes. Currently, their only 12-speed option is designed for SRAM’s XD freehub driver, providing a massive 10-48T or 10-50T range and weighing just 339g or 342g, respectively. The cassette is machined from chromoly steel, while the largest cog is made from 7075-T651 aluminum alloy. Garbaruk suggests pairing their cassette with SRAM Eagle shifters and derailleurs.

    • Garbaruk 12 Speed Cassette
    • Garbaruk 12 Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 342 grams (12.1 oz)
    • Price: $283
    • Place of Manufacture: Poland
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  • $244
    Garbaruk 12-Speed HG Cassette

    Garbaruk 12-Speed HG Cassette

    • GEARS/RANGE: 11-52T / 472%
    • CONSTRUCTION: 1 ALLOY COG, 11 STEEL
    • HUB DRIVER: Shimano HG

    Garbaruk’s Shimano-HG compatible 12-speed cassette offers a massive 11-52T range, and doesn’t require upgrading to recent freehub standards. Weighing in at just 320g, it won’t add any unnecessary weight to your bike, but has a retail price to reflect this. The entire cassette is CNC milled, and is designed to work with both Shimano and SRAM 12-speed chains, as well as Shimano’s 12-speed derailleurs. In true Garbaruk fashion, the cassette is available in a wide range of colours.

    • Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette HG
    • Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette HG
    • Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette HG
    • Weight: 320 grams (11.3 oz)
    • Price: $244
    • Place of Manufacture: Poland
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  • $250
    Garbaruk 12-Speed MicroSpline Cassette

    Garbaruk 12-Speed MicroSpline Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-52T / 520%
    • CONSTRUCTION: 1 alloy cog, 11 steel
    • HUB DRIVER: SHIMANO MICROSPLINE

    Another lightweight option in Garbaruk’s impressive product line is a Shimano Micro Spline compatible 12-speed cassette, offering a huge 10-52T cassette and a 520% gear range. 11 cogs are CNC milled from Chromoly steel with a nickel coating, and the largest 52T cog is made from 7075-T651 Aluminum Alloy. Garbaruk claims it’s the lightest 12-speed Micro Spline cassette available…

    • Garbaruk 12-speed micro spline
    • Garbaruk 12-speed micro spline
    • Weight: 335 grams (11.8 oz)
    • Price: $250
    • Place of Manufacture: Poland
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  • $270
    Hope 11-Speed Cassette

    Hope 11-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-48T / 480%
    • Construction: 4 alloy cogs, 7 steel
    • Hub Driver: Hope Freehub

    Hope’s wide range 11-Speed Cassette is machined from two solid billets of aluminum and steel. To save weight, the four largest cogs are machined from aluminum, while the smaller seven cogs are machined from steel. The cassette uses a unique Hope freehub, which is available for both their Pro 4 and Pro 2 EVO hubs. There are three different gear ranges to choose from, all designed around a 1×11 drivetrain; 10-40T, 10-44T, and 10-48T. Hope’s 11-Speed Cassettes are designed, tested, and manufactured in the UK.

    • Hope 11 Speed Cassette
    • Hope 11 Speed Cassette
    • Hope 11 Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 296 grams (10.4 oz)
    • Price: $270
    • Place of Manufacture: United Kingdom
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  • €339
    Ingrid 11-Speed Cassette

    Ingrid 11-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-46T / 460%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 8 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    For those who don’t require the range of Ingrid’s 12-speed cassette, or already own 11-speed components, the 46T10 11-speed cassette has a ratio of 10-46T and is compatible with XD-driver freehubs. The cassette is made up of two CNC machined halves – the smaller sprockets are made of steel while the 3 largest sprockets are made of 7075-T6 aluminum with hard anodizing treatment.

    • Ingrid 11 Speed Cassette
    • Ingrid 11 Speed Cassette
    • Ingrid 11 Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 294 grams (10.4 oz)
    • Price: €339
    • Place of Manufacture: Italy
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  • €349
    Ingrid 12-Speed Cassette

    Ingrid 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-48T / 480%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 9 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    Ingrid’s 48T10 12-Speed Cassette is CNC machined in two parts, the smaller cogs being steel, and the three largest cogs 7075-T6 aluminum. Ingrid claims their hard anodizing process provides good durability, while the 10-48T range is suitable for multiple disciplines and is suitable for both SRAM and Shimano 12-speed drivetrains.

    • Ingrid 12 Speed Cassette
    • Ingrid 12 Speed Cassette
    • Ingrid 12 Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 323 grams (11.4 oz)
    • Price: €349
    • Place of Manufacture: Italy
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  • €324
    KCNC MTB 12-Speed Cassette

    KCNC MTB 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 9-52T / 578%
    • Construction: 5 alloy cogs, 7 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    The KCNC 12-speed cassette is the widest range cassette we’ve seen with a ratio of 9-52 teeth and a massive 578% range. The cassette is CNC milled with sprockets made of steel and aluminum: AL7075 (30/34/40/46/52T), SACM645 steel (9/10/12/15/18/22/26T). We haven’t tried it yet, but with that price tag, it’s a shame that it has five alloy cogs, as they’d likely wear out pretty quickly. Identical cassettes exist under a few different brand names, including NOW8—check out R2-Bike.com for the latest info.

    • KCNC 12-Speed Cassette
    • KCNC 12-Speed Cassette
    • KCNC 12-Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 327 grams (11.5 oz)
    • Price: €324
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • €299
    Leonardi Racing General Lee 11S 9-45 Cassette

    Leonardi Racing General Lee 11S 9-45 Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 9-45T / 500%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 8 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    Leonardi Racing’s General Lee 11-Speed cassette offers a ratio of 9-45T and 500% gear range. Weighing just 325g, it’s among the lighter wide range options in this list, and is manufactured in four separate parts for easy cleaning. The first eight cogs are machined from a single piece of steel, and the larger three are machined from alluminum 7075-T6. The General Lee 11-Speed cassette is only compatible with XD Driver freehubs and retails for €299 (~$334 USD).

    • General Lee 11-Speed Cassette
    • General Lee 11-Speed Cassette
    • General Lee 11-Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 315 grams (11.1 oz)
    • Price: €299
    • Place of Manufacture: Italy
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  • €379
    Leonardi Racing General Lee 12S 9.48 NPU Cassette

    Leonardi Racing General Lee 12S 9.48 NPU Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 9-48T / 533%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 11 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    Leonardi Racing’s General Lee 12-Speed cassette is machined from a solid piece of steel, except for the largest 48T cog, which is replaceable. Beside the high price tag, it looks like an appealing option for bikepacking. The General Lee 12-Speed cassette is available in five different colours, and is compatible with XD Driver freehubs only. For a slightly more affordable version check out their standard 12S 9.48 cassette, featuring ten steel and two alloy cogs.

    • General Lee 12S 9.48 NPU Cassette
    • General Lee 12S 9.48 NPU Cassette
    • General Lee 12S 9.48 NPU Cassette
    • Weight: 350 grams (12.3 oz)
    • Price: €379
    • Place of Manufacture: Italy
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  • €122.9
    Miche XM 12-Speed Cassette

    Miche XM 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-51T / 463%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 9 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    Italy-based Miche, named after the Michelin family who started producing bicycles in 1919, now focuses on producing bicycle components specific for road, gravel, mountain biking, and e-bikes. Their 12-speed XM 11-51T cassette is made up of three alloy and 9 steel cogs, compatible with standard Shimano HG free hub drivers, and weighs just 486g. With a retail price of €122.90 (~$135 USD), it appears to be a pretty promising option for our European readers – although we have no experience using Miche components personally. Miche offers an 11-46T cassette and a 10-speed expansion kit as well.

    • Weight: 486 grams (17.1 oz)
    • Price: €122.9
    • Place of Manufacture: Italy
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  • €334
    Rotor 12-Speed Cassette

    Rotor 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-52T / 472%
    • Construction: 6 alloy cogs, 6 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    If hydraulic shifting isn’t your thing, then Rotor’s 12-speed Cassette is another pretty appealing option. Boasting a wide 11-52T ratio and 472% range, their cassette is compatible with standard Shimano HG freehubs. The cassette is also available in three other ratios; 11-36T, 11-39T, and 11-46T, all priced at €334. Rotor offers a 2-year warranty on their cassettes.

    • Weight: 314 grams (11.1 oz)
    • Price: €334
    • Place of Manufacture: Spain
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  • €379
    Rotor Hydraulic 13-Speed Cassette

    Rotor Hydraulic 13-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-52T / 520%
    • Construction: 6 alloy cogs, 7 steel
    • Hub Driver: Rotor 13-Speed Freehub

    As part of the world’s first hydraulic actuated 13-speed drivetrain, Rotor’s cassettes offer a wide range and gear steps closer to a traditional 2×11 drivetrain. The cassette is available in both a 10-52T and 10-46T range, and is only compatible with Rotor’s Rvolve 13-speed specific hub and freehub. Rotor also offers semi-complete 13-speed kits for both road and mountain, with prices ranging from €1,399 to €4,499 (~$1,500 – $5,500 USD).

    • Weight: 331 grams (11.7 oz)
    • Price: €379
    • Place of Manufacture: Spain
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  • SEQlite 12-Speed MTB Cassette

    SEQlite 12-Speed MTB Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-50T / 455%
    • Construction: 4 alloy cogs, 6 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    Taiwan-based SEQlite has a number of lightweight options, but finding current offerings has been difficult. We can confirm that they offer two 12-speed cassettes, for both Shimano HG and XD Driver freehubs, and are working on an 11-50T 11-speed cassette as well. We’re currently in contact with SEQlite, and will update this list as details become available.

    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • Shimano Deore M5100 11-Speed Cassette

    Shimano Deore M5100 11-Speed Cassette

    • GEARS/RANGE: 11-51T / 463%
    • CONSTRUCTION: 11 STEEL COGS
    • HUB DRIVER: Shimano HG

    Shimano’s Deore M5100 11-speed cassette is the only ultra wide-range option that is compatible with a standard Shimano HG freehub—making it a great option for those who haven’t converted over to new freehub standards. It is available in a 11-51T and 11-42T model, and designed for both 1x and 2x drivetrains. As it’s targeted towards OEM complete bikes, we currently do not have retail pricing or weights to share.

    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • $91.99
    Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed Cassette

    Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed Cassette

    • GEARS/RANGE: 10-51T / 510%
    • CONSTRUCTION: 12 STEEL COGS
    • HUB DRIVER: SHIMANO MICROSPLINE

    Shimano’s M6100 series Deore cassette is the most affordable 12-speed option in their lineup. It features 12 steel cogs, a Beam Spider construction, and Shimano’s new Micro Spline freehub body. There aren’t significant savings over Shimano’s SLX-level cassette, with a retail price of $91.99 USD, but we can expect to see the M6100 series specced on more affordable mountain bikes for 2021.

    • Price: $91.99
    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • $99
    Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed Cassette

    Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-51T / 510%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 11 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano MicroSpline

    The SLX-level M7100 is Shimano’s most affordable 12-speed cassette, and with that you get more steel, less alloy, in a slightly less lightweight package. However, a Shimano MicroSpline freehub is still required. The cassette, just like it’s higher end siblings, is available in both a 10-45T and 10-51T design.

    • Shimano SLX 12-Speed Cassette
    • Shimano SLX 12-Speed Cassette
    • Shimano SLX 12-Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 534 grams (18.8 oz)
    • Price: $99
    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • $159
    Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed Cassette

    Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-51T / 510%
    • Construction: 2 alloy cogs, 10 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano MicroSpline

    Shimano’s Deore XT level 12-speed cassette, a step below the XTR above, loses the titanium in favour of two alloy and ten steel cogs. It offers the same ranges as the higher end version but with added weight and a lower price tag. As far as Shimano’s offerings go, we’d likely pick the M8100 line for it’s realistic mix of performance, durability, and affordability.

    • Shimano Deore XT 12-Speed Cassette
    • Shimano Deore XT 12-Speed Cassette
    • Weight: 470 grams (16.6 oz)
    • Price: $159
    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • $379
    Shimano XTR M9100 12-Speed Cassette

    Shimano XTR M9100 12-Speed Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-51T / 510%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 5 titanium, 4 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano Microspline

    Shimano’s high end XTR-level 12-speed cassette features a mix of alloy, titanium and steel cogs designed specifically for Shimano’s MicroSpline freehub body. Available in both 10-45T and 10-51T, with weights under 400g, the M9100 series cassettes should offer great shifting performance when paired with other XT or XTR components. All Shimano 12-speed cassettes require a Shimano MicroSpline freehub body.

    • Weight: 367 grams (12.9 oz)
    • Price: $379
    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • SRAM PG-1210 SX Eagle Cassette

    SRAM PG-1210 SX Eagle Cassette

    • GEARS/RANGE: 11-50T / 455%
    • CONSTRUCTION: 12 STEEL COGS
    • HUB DRIVER: Shimano HG

    SRAM’s most affordable wide-range cassette in their Eagle series—the PG-1210—is compatible with standard Shimano HG freehubs. It offers a 11-50T range, is 12-speed specific, and SRAM’s Powerglide II technology for responsive shifting. SRAM’s SX series wouldn’t be our first choice for heading out on a backcountry bikepacking trip, but could make a great addition to a budget build for newer riders. Currently, it appears the SRAM SX Eagle Cassette is only available to OEM customers.

    • Weight: 640 grams (22.6 oz)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $100
    SRAM PG-1230 NX Eagle Cassette

    SRAM PG-1230 NX Eagle Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 11-50T / 455%
    • Construction: 12 steel cogs
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    One of two SRAM 12-speed cassettes compatible with a standard Shimano HG freehub body, the PG-1230 is the second most affordable and heavy, cassette in the Eagle lineup. The massive 50T cog still provides a great climbing gear, but the HG freehub compatibility means the smallest cog is 11T instead of 10T. With a retail price of just $100, it’s a great option for those with a limited budget. The PG-1230 Eagle Cassette is part of SRAM’s NX Eagle lineup.

    • Weight: 615 grams (21.7 oz)
    • Price: $100
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  • $215
    SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle Cassette

    SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-50T / 500%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 11 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    The XG-1275 is SRAM’s GX level 12-speed cassette, providing the same range as it’s higher-end counterparts but at nearly half the price. With the more affordable price, the cassette is constructed using stamped steel cogs held together with high-strength stainless steel pins. The largest cog is made from aluminum, while the 11 smaller are made of steel.

    • Weight: 450 grams (15.9 oz)
    • Price: $215
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  • $385
    SRAM XG-1295 X01 Eagle Cassette

    SRAM XG-1295 X01 Eagle Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-50T / 500%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 9 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    SRAM’s X01 level XG-1295 12-speed cassette offers the same specs as their higher priced XX1 cassette, but with a slightly less durable coating on the cogs. The XG-1295 comes in a black or polar grey finish, and is only compatible with SRAM’s XD freehub driver.

    • SRAM x01 Eagle Cassette
    • SRAM x01 Eagle Cassette
    • SRAM x01 Eagle Cassette
    • Weight: 357 grams (12.6 oz)
    • Price: $385
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  • $449
    SRAM XG-1299 XX1 Eagle Cassette

    SRAM XG-1299 XX1 Eagle Cassette

    • Gears/Range: 10-50T / 500%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 9 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    The gold standard of 12-speed cassettes now comes in oil-slick as well. Compatible with SRAM’s XD freehub driver, nine of the cogs are machined together from a single block of steel, and a Ti-Nitride-like coating to improve corrosion resistance and durability. The cassette is designed in conjunction with SRAM’s XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain and retails for $449 – one of the more expensive options in this index.

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    • Weight: 357 grams (12.6 oz)
    • Price: $449
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  • Sunrace 10-Speed MS Series Cassettes

    Sunrace 10-Speed MS Series Cassettes

    • GEARS/RANGE: 11-50T / 454%
    • CONSTRUCTION: 10 STEEL COGS
    • HUB DRIVER: Shimano HG

    Sunrace’s affordable MS series includes several wide range 10-speed cassettes that meet our 450% range requirement. Although there’s not much publicly available information, we can confirm that the CSMS3-TA5 and CSMS2-TA5 cassettes both offer a 11-50T range and are compatible with a standard Shimano HG freehub body.

    • Weight: 589 grams (20.8 oz)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • SunRace 11-Speed MS Series Cassettes

    SunRace 11-Speed MS Series Cassettes

    • Gears/Range: 11-51T / 472%
    • Construction: 11 steel cogs
    • hub Driver: Shimano HG

    Part of SunRace’s 11-speed MS series, the CSMS8 is available in both a 11-51T (EA1) and 11-50T (EA5) design. On both, all 11 cogs are made from hi-tensile steel on two aluminum spiders and weigh 659g or 642g. Both options come in a metallic silver or ED black finish. For those looking for even more durability, the CSMS7 also features 11 steel cogs, but on steel spiders. It’s available in several different ranges, including: 11-50T, 11-46T, 11-42T, and 11-40T. Head to your local bike shop for current availability and pricing.

    • Sunrace MS8 Cassette
    • Sunrace Ms8 Cassette
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $90
    SunRace 11-Speed MX Series Cassettes

    SunRace 11-Speed MX Series Cassettes

    • Gears/Range: 11-50T / 454%
    • Construction: 1 alloy cog, 11 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    Within Sunrace’s 11-speed MX series exist several different cassettes that meet our requirement for a 450% minimum range. The 11-50T CSMX80 weighs 512g, has 2 alloy and 9 steel cogs, and is also available in a 11-46T version. The more affordable option in the MX series, the CSMX8 has a single alloy cog followed by 10 steel – offering a massive range of 454% with options for several other different gear ranges, including 11-50T, 11-46T, 11-42T, and 11-40T. Head to your local bike shop for current availability and pricing.

    • Sunrace MX80 Cassette
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    • Sunrace MX8 Cassette
    • Price: $90
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $115
    SunRace 12-Speed MZ Series Cassettes

    SunRace 12-Speed MZ Series Cassettes

    • Gears/Range: 11-51T / 472%
    • Construction: 3 alloy cogs, 9 steel
    • Hub Driver: Shimano HG

    Three of the cassettes in SunRace’s 12-speed MZ series share very similar specs. The CSMZ903, CSMZ902, and CSMZ901 cassettes all offer a 472% range with a 11-51T spread. They differ only in their weights and construction. The CSMZ903 has 3 alloy and 9 steel cogs, CSMZ902 has 2 alloy and 10 steel cogs, and CSMZ901 has 1 alloy and 11 steel cogs. They weigh 497g, 534g, and 587g, respectively. Sunrace also offers the CSMZ800, also based around a wide range 11-51T spread but with 12 steel cogs on alloy spiders; weighing 648g. Head to your local bike shop for current availability and pricing.

    • Sunrace MZ902 Cassette
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    • Sunrace MZ901 Cassette
    • Price: $115
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • $127
    SunRace 12-Speed XD MZ Series Cassettes

    SunRace 12-Speed XD MZ Series Cassettes

    • Gears/Range: 10-50T / 500%
    • Construction: 4 alloy cogs, 8 steel
    • Hub Driver: XD Driver

    Within SunRace’s MZ Series exists several XD Freehub-compatible cassettes, all of which are for 12-speed drivetrains and provide a 10T cog on the high end. The CSMZX1X (pictured below) is the lightest weight option, featuring four CNC’d alloy A7075 cogs and eight steel cogs on an alloy spider – it weighs 439g. The CSMZ91X and CSMX9X cassettes offer the same range but offer a heavier construction and standard stamped cogs. SunRace also offers three alternative cassettes that are only compatible with SRAM 12-speed drivetrains, all with 11-50T ranges and weights from 404g to 657g – the CSMZX0, CSMZ90, and CSMZ80. Head to your local bike shop for current availability and pricing.

    • Sunrace CSMZX1X Cassette
    • Sunrace CSMZX1X Cassette
    • Sunrace CSMZX1X Cassette
    • Price: $127
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • Sunrace 9-Speed M9 Series Cassettes

    Sunrace 9-Speed M9 Series Cassettes

    • GEARS/RANGE: 11-50T / 454%
    • CONSTRUCTION: 1 ALLOY COG, 8 STEEL
    • HUB DRIVER: Shimano HG

    There are two different 9-speed cassettes within Sunrace’s M9 series that offer a solid 11-50T range, for those not interesting in taking a shot with 10, 11, or 12-speed systems. The CSM993-9A5 has 8 steel cogs and a single alloy 50T cog and weighs 542g. The CSM983-9A5 has 9 steel cogs, a steel spider, and a nickel coating—weighing 660g. Both utilize a Shimano HG freehub, and are also available in a 11-46T model.

    • Weight: 542 grams (19.1 oz)
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Cassette Expansion Kits

Already own a perfectly good cassette but looking to stretch its capability a little further? That’s where cassette expansion kits or cassette expanders come in. In response to the growing number of wide range cassette offerings out there, manufacturer’s like Wolftooth, e*Thirteen, and OneUp began producing expansion kits to help boost the low-end range of otherwise normal range cassettes. These expansion cogs usually sit in behind your current cassette, offering a lower climbing gear, and then require the substitution of two smaller cogs for a new one (for example, the Wolf Tooth GC kit replaces the 17T and 19T cogs with an 18T, providing room for the larger 45T or 49T cogs. One some cassettes, the expansion cog will simply replace the largest current cog.

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These expansion kits are cassette and freehub specific, and may require a new chain, derailleur, or longer b-tension screw. The OneUp Shark 50T expansion kit, which we reviewed here, requires longer rear derailleur cages to gather up the extra chain slack while in smaller cogs. There are also some expansion kits that replace the largest current cog on the cassette with a bigger one, requiring a bit of do-it-yourself home mechanic work. Wolftooth’s GCX cogs work this way. Overall, cassette expansion cogs work great and often require just a little tweaking to get things shifting smoothly.

WRAP UP & EDITOR’S PICKS

There are plenty of different ways to achieve bikepacking-friendly gearing. Although much of this depends on the terrain you’re riding and personal preference, I’ve been pleased with a wide range 1×11 drivetrain for some time now. With components like the Wolf Tooth CAMO system, swapping front chainrings is easier than ever, and the numerous cassette options mean compatibility is no longer an issue. For the budget-minded bikepacker, take a good look at Sunrace MX cassettes – they are easy to find, affordable, and have proven to be adequate for bikepacking. 

For those looking to shave some weight, Garbaruk and e*Thirteen might have what you’re looking for. Personally, I’ve made the switch to Shimano’s Micro Spline freehub, and so far I’ve been quite impressed. The XT M8100 12-speed cassette provides a great range and fantastic shifting, taking what I liked about XT 11-speed but allowing me to run a slightly larger front chainring in the process.

Logan’s take: I’ve been using both Shimano XT and SLK 12-speed cassettes and have been very impressed over the last few months. I also really like the wide range cassettes from e*Thirteen. Having the 9-tooth cog makes a massive difference for range and they are very well made and durable. In addition, I think the Garbaruk cassettes are very nicely machined and seem to perform at a high level as well. Like Miles, I run Wolf Tooth’s Camo system when I can. I like the fact that the chainrings are cheaper and they offer stainless options.

Have experience using any of the cassettes listed above, or did we miss another great option? Let us know in the comments below…