Sweet spot gearing for PNW Cyclocross (SRAM 11x32 is too high for hilly CX courses, and the 11x36 is too low for flat courses, but Shimano's 11x34 is just right). Fully companiable with SRAM Force1 1x11sp.
Make sure you use the supplied freehub spacer.
I've been using Ultegra cassettes ever since I broke two Dura Ace cassettes. They are quiet, shift great, and if you replace your chain when needed these cassettes last for well over 10,000 miles. The only reason I just bought a new one is that I'm looking for slightly lower gears for climbing as my girlfriend is the "Fastest girl in the world" and I'm trying to keep up with her on long steep climbs.
The cassette was delivered without any issues. I gotten installed for an upcoming event that required some climbing elevation. I wanted to be ready. The cassette works great.
Crisp, clean shifting cassette for those who don't feel like spending the extra cash for the Dura Ace. The larger 34 tooth gearing works perfectly in the Colorado mountains or on the steep gravel roads.
Very high quality and great having the extra low gears for climbing. Be sure your derailleur can handle the larger cassette or buy a wolf tooth extension. You will also need a new chain. Very pleased with this purchase.
I bought this to use when I do long very steep climbs in place of my usual 11-30 cassette. Its nice to have 2 easier gears on those climbs.
Replaced an 11-32 on my gravel bike. Nice to have the extra teeth for a little more relief when the going gets steep. NOTE that even though this is branded as an Ultegra cassette, it is actually spec'd for mountain bikes. Meaning - if you're using a road hubset you need to install the included spacer on the freehub before you install the cassette.
There are steep hills in the Islands , so I opted for this cassette... Im not too thrilled with the spacing of the gears, but it performs as well as can be expected..
With the advent of 11 speed road groups, I wanted to use my old 10 speed Chris King wheelset.
This let me use this wheelset for at least a few more years!
Largest spider is bad design. Third from largest cog is too close to second from largest and fourth cog also is a little wonky. Several reviews I read before buying this warned me, but I reckoned Shimano would have corrected the problem. Nope (. Going back to the 105 cassette until their gravelCX groupset is available.
There is no shame in getting the gears that work FOR YOU! My setup Praxis Zayante 4832, Shimano Ultegra FD-6800, and Ultegra RD-6800-GS (long cage). The HG800 11-34 was a simple drop-in replacement for a CS-R8000 11-32. I tightened the B-Screw a 12 turn but it really wasn't that necessary. I did not even have to change the chain. The derailleurs have no problems shifting small-small to big-big and every combination in between.
I live near the Santa Cruz mountains in California and my bike club rides frequently up very steep hills (15-20% grades). I ride 10k miles with 1 million feet of climbing annually, but past racing age. I use this 11-34 gear with Ultegra 5034 cranks resulting in a 34-34 low gear. This lets you climb the steepest hills while spinning a decent RPM and not straining your knees. Also helps on long hard rides near the end to climb hills when you're tired. If you are a 125 lb racer you don't want this cassette. It's only drawback is that to achieve the wide range there are some gaps in the gearing. I miss the 12 tooth sprocket.