I love my Cannondale Evo that I purchased from Western about 5 years ago. With almost 20k on it, I go through cassettes and chains ... occasionally. I LOVE my Sram RED components, but for economic & convenience reasons I use a Shimano (6700) cassette, mated with a Sram chain. The marriage is good smooth shifting, quiet, efficient, and the gear options meet my needs. Western Bike Works' prices are excellent, and their service and advice are outstanding! Manager Seth is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and kind. He goes the extra mile to advise on tasks I'm capable of, and to do great work on tasks I need accomplished in the shop.
Very Happy my order from Western Bike Works.... It's very important to maintain a clean cassette and to ensure the chain is not stretched out. Buy the tool and check the chain regularly. With the Shimano Ultergra cassette and a new Ultergra chain, I feel faster then ever before.
When the road bike had about 16,000 miles on it, the shifting started becoming erratic. The chain would jump between gears on the rear cassette, and cleaning and carefully adjusting the rear deraileur didn't help. I replaced the cassette, the chain (which only had about 4000 miles on it), and the shifter cable, all at the same time. Now the shifting works fine, but I'll never know if it was the cassette, the chain, or the cable that fixed the problem. The cassette is well made and easy to install if you have the right cassette tool and chain whip, otherwise it would be very challenging. The next time I encounter shifting problems, I'll start by just replacing the cable before replacing the more expensive parts.
Finally gearing that is intermediate between Mountain and race. The 12-30 10 speed is perfect on my cross bike for some serious off road and touring rides. Shimano quality is also a big plus - quick shifting and durability is a given. I bought the cassette for a loaded tour and now use it to take on local MTB trails. It has made the cross bike more versatile and fun. I would recommended for adventure rides, steep road climbs and tours!
Great shifting in both directions. Got this one to help on the hills for training rides. I would not expect anything other than great performance especially at a sale price. Ultegra cassettes are my go to and have never been disappointed.
I've bought a couple of these now and they are pretty hard to kill. I couldn't justify replacing my cassette with the higher end ones that I seemed to kill very quickly. I put these on and honestly I don't notice any difference. They shift very well and have had pretty good longevity so far. I also have one on my cross rig and it has held up easily to a season of mud, dust, muck, and ice.