April 23, 2018
Shimano CS-HG31 8-row 11-34T Cassette
– has 8 biases with the number of teeth: 11-13-15-17-20-23-26-34T
– is equipped with HG lace that ensures quicker and quieter conversion to lower and more liquid to higher
– cooperates with HG and IG chains
– color: black
Shimano CS-HG31 Hyperglide 8 Speed 11-34T Bicycle Cassette w/ KMC X8.93 Chain
Shimano CS-HG31 8-Speed Cassette
- That basically translates into it being heavier and not as pretty to look at as their higher tier parts.
- I installed this on my ‘utility / commuter bike’, for which aesthetics and (low) weight are not high up on my list of priorities.
- What is important to me is performance and durability, which this part will certainly give you.
- There are various speciality tools that will work for installation.
- I used a chain whip and cassette lockring remover, which are also nice tools to have on hand if you ever need to replace a broken spoke.
- Shimano is known for delivering very good performance throughout their range of parts, even on the low end.
- So while this cassette may not win awards for it’s use of exotic materials, light weight, or ‘bling factor’, it will help you achieve positive and crisp shifting at a low price point and is likewise built for durability.
- Great for:
commuter bikes (riding to work, ect)
utility bikes (picking up groceries, running errands, getting around town)
casual (pleasure) riding, or riding for fitness.
- I replaced the original cassette which was also shimano but was aluminum and my bbshd chewed through the cogs pretty quickly.
- If I had a bike that wasn’t electric i’d go for something that’s lighter.
- This one is made of steel and is a bit on the heavy side but it’s going to last longer.
- Shift to higher gears (higher toothed gears) very smoothly.
- Tends to slam (skips down instead of rolling onto the cog) into lower gears even with a new Acera derailleur
-Can put a good amount of force onto the cassette threw the crankset.
- If you are heavier or plan on putting a lot of sudden force onto this cassette the even a new chain will skip on it.
- I would only recommend this cassette to casual rides or commuters as an economy option since they more than likely won’t have to put a lot of force into the cassette or change gears a lot.
- If you off road or use your bike for training this cassette is not for you.
- I would recommend the new cassette I have had for a few weeks that doesn’t have any of the above mentioned issues and is still fairly cheap.
- The photos are of the cassette after a little over a month of use
I purchased this cassette over a month ago when I stripped the teeth off of my 11 and 13 tooth cog on my old cassette.
- Installation was very easy you will need a Shimano freewheel tool I have (Park Tool FR-1 Freewheel Remover for Shimano Freewheels) and an old chain.
- You don’t need a chain whip it does make things easier but I’ve removed 3 different cassettes just using an old chain I had laying around to hold the old cassette and prevent it from moving and you don’t need it installing the new cassette.
- Righting with this new cassette my first impressions were great I didn’t feel any loss of power from my crank-set to the rear cassette and wheel.
- That only lasted when I was riding casually though as soon as I put a lot of power threw my cranks when climbing a hill of when going off road the chain started skipping on the cassette.
- Now I’m not mad at the cassette of Shimano for this and I figured this would happen as this is the cheapest cassette Shimano makes and isn’t really suited for training or going off road.
- But I figured I would give it a try since it was so cheap and I needed a new cassette not that I wouldn’t have to send back.
- So I used this cassette for over a month while I looked at new cassettes and tried to figure out want I wanted and needed and still get it at a low price.
- I eventually went with (Shimano HG51 8-Speed Cassette) that I’ve had for a week now and absolutely love had done training and gone off road with it every day and have had no issues.
- So I would recommend to almost everyone to spend the extra ten bucks and get that as its much higher quality.
- That is unless you will only be using this cassette on a casual bike or a commuting bike and just need the cheapest thing out there because this isn’t a bad cassette you just can’t put a lot of power into it.
- Bought this to replace my old Sunrace cassette of the same price point, and it’s lasting waaay longer.
- There’s a bit of wear from when I jumped gears a bunch in a lubrication mishap, but no wear in the teeth otherwise.
- The anodization is starting to rub off on some of the gears, but honestly it just makes it look more boss.
- I rebuilt her for my brother in law who wanted to try out trail riding.
- If you are not an aggressive rider or a beginner who doesn’t want to spend a load of cash on your rig yet.
- Other wise look into a more expensive stronger Cassette for the long term.
- I say this because I had to replace it when I bent 3 of the rings climbing a hill on the one that came with the bike.
- I never realized how easy it was to replace these, so buying it and doing the work myself (along with a new chain ring and chain), saved a bunch of money vs.
- The reason I needed this was because I was lazy and let the chain wear out too much which in turn started to increase the rate at which the cassette and chain ring wore down.
- This is a megarange cassette which means you go from 26teeth to 34teeth.
- Two of them served me very well while the third never really worked great from the start.
- The cassette is a great option if you’re looking to convert your bike to a one-bye.