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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost better than MegaRange, 22 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Shimano Tourney HG37 7 SEVEN Speed Screw on Bike Bicycle Sprocket Cog Freewheel 13/28 (Misc.)
I bought this to replace Shimano's 11,13,15,18,21,24,34t megarange which I've been using for about 12 years. I should've replaced it a few years ago but discovered they had discontinued production of the 11-34t, so kept using it until it began to cause intolerable problems changing gear. I've been greatly impressed with how hard wearing shimano gears are. The freewheel mechanism still works & feels like new even though it's out lived 4 odometers and probably covered enough miles to go half way round the world.

I've never been a fan of the 34t, the enormous gap from 24t was always a massive shock on the occasions when I lost track of which gear I was in. It's great to have a 28t instead of the 34t. I've effectively gained an extra usable gear just where I need it most. However, it's probably going to take quite a while before I stop looking for an extra gear when I'm already in top. I really am missing the 11t!

This 13-28t block is definitely an improvement over the 14-28t I have on my spare bike, but if you can afford to replace your rear wheel with a cassette hub, an 11t is really useful when you've got a good wind behind you (or when you're too lazy to change up on the chain wheel).
If you do change to a cassette wheel, make sure you avoid massive gaps between 1st & 2nd. Shimano still sell a 14-34t screw-on megarange, but I really can't see the point. It has all the disadvantages of the huge step between 24 & 34t without the bonus of 11t & 13t 'overdrive' gears.

Anyway, back to the 13-28. It was cheap, it works well and I fully expect it to last until I can convince 'she who must be obeyed' that the cost of a cassette wheel is a small price to pay to cure her ear-ache.
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2013 14:59:16 BDT
W. Davis says:
Why does everyone confuse cassettes and freewheels? They're not the same thing.
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