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Shimano HG61 12-36 29er Cassette

Looking for just the right gear ratios for your 29er? Shimano's HG61 cassette does just that. With a 12-36t profile you'll be sure to have the correct ratio no matter what the trail throws at you.

  • Designed for 29" wheeled bikes
  • 12-36t, 9 speed

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Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Easy to install (5)
  • Enhances pedaling efficiency (5)
  • Precise shifting (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great ratios, good perfomance

    I use this on a 3x9 set-up on a 29-er mostly used for XC type riding. Had several SRAM 11-34 cassettes before (PG950,970,980). I like the 12-36 ratio much...Read complete review

    I use this on a 3x9 set-up on a 29-er mostly used for XC type riding. Had several SRAM 11-34 cassettes before (PG950,970,980). I like the 12-36 ratio much better, since the jumps between gears at the high end are a bit smaller. It also means my 44 up front gets useful earlier, which saves me from wearing out the small cogs on pedally stretches. I don't use the 22-36 lowest gear a lot, but the 36 does come in useful in those situations where you can't look ahead and suddenly have to go up a steep bit in the middle ring.
    Shifting is smooth, no problems whatsoever. I've only put a few hundred miles on it but so far the wear is minimal.
    I would definitely recommend this cassette for 29-er owners, and also for 26-er riders who like a high cadence. Great product, great value.
    THe only reasons not to buy are if you have and aluminum cassette body, or you're a weight weenie.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NOT COMPATIBLE with Aluminum Freehub

    The CS-HG61 cassette is made with individual cogs riveted together. As such, it is NOT compatible with an aluminum freehub.

    Pedaling torque is not distributed over the entire freehub as...Read complete review

    The CS-HG61 cassette is made with individual cogs riveted together. As such, it is NOT compatible with an aluminum freehub.

    Pedaling torque is not distributed over the entire freehub as it would be if the cassette were made with a cog carrier in the center, so it causes each cog to dig into the grooves on the freehub.
    After a few months, that damage can get so severe that it may be necessary to essentially destroy the cassette (prying off individual cogs) in order to remove it from the freehub.

    Unfortunately, this appears to be the only cassette available with a 36T low end, so if your freehub is made of aluminum, the only options for using this product seem to be:

    1) If possible, replace your aluminum freehub with a steel freehub. Not all hub/wheel manufacturers offer this option.
    2) Use a cassette with an internal cog carrier. There do not appear to be any such products that have a 36T low gear, so that also means you must have stronger legs.
    3) Plan on replacing the freehub and possibly also the cassette if you ever need to take the wheel apart.

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    5.0

    12-36 Cassette

    By Cory

    from NEK Vermont

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Enhances Pedaling Efficiency
    • Lightweight
    • Precise Shifting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

      Installed this cassette on my 2013 Salsa Mukluk fatbike with a Raceface 30t N/W chainring, gear range seems perfect for a fatbike in this area. I definately lost top end from the stock 2 x 9 setup, but who needs top end on a fatbike in the snow. The low range seems about perfect. If i can't climb the hill with this low gear, its faster pushing anyway.

      I thought this cassette was going to be super heavy, and its definately not superlight, but its actually about 25-30 grams lighter then the stock 11-34 that came on my Mukluk 3.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great 1x9 cassette

      By Roger A

      from Honolulu, HI

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Enhances Pedaling Efficiency
      • Precise Shifting
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Wide Cog Range

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

        Just installed on a steel cross bike that was converted to a commuter. It shifts well and paired with a Wolfstooth 36t chainring, it has enough range to cover almost every hill here. I'm not a weight weenie, but don't need the left shifter or front derailleur.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        NOT COMPATIBLE with Aluminum Freehub

        By Hubschrauber

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

        • Destroys Aluminum Freehub

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

        The CS-HG61 cassette is made with individual cogs riveted together. As such, it is NOT compatible with an aluminum freehub.

        Pedaling torque is not distributed over the entire freehub as it would be if the cassette were made with a cog carrier in the center, so it causes each cog to dig into the grooves on the freehub.
        After a few months, that damage can get so severe that it may be necessary to essentially destroy the cassette (prying off individual cogs) in order to remove it from the freehub.

        Unfortunately, this appears to be the only cassette available with a 36T low end, so if your freehub is made of aluminum, the only options for using this product seem to be:

        1) If possible, replace your aluminum freehub with a steel freehub. Not all hub/wheel manufacturers offer this option.
        2) Use a cassette with an internal cog carrier. There do not appear to be any such products that have a 36T low gear, so that also means you must have stronger legs.
        3) Plan on replacing the freehub and possibly also the cassette if you ever need to take the wheel apart.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        great option for a single ring in front

        By FC in North Shore

        from Vancouver, B.C.

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Enhances Pedaling Efficiency

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

          great option if you only have single ring in front. 30T in front and 36T cassette.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          AM climber!!

          By Dee

          from Cerritos, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Install
          • Enhances Pedaling Efficiency
          • Precise Shifting

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

          The description says "29er" but works great so far even on a 26" bike. I have a 2009 Giant Reign x2 with the following (1 x 9)setup: This cassette 12-36 w/32T. It's an AM setup bike but with the 12-36 rear allow me to climb next to the XC fellas. Love the quiet and simplicity of this addition..an AM setup with the ability to climb like an XC.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Shimano cassette upgrade

          By Buddy Pepper

          from Kalispell Montana

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Enhances Pedaling Efficiency
          • Lightweight
          • Precise Shifting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

            I wanted a 2nd pair of wheels for my 29er,one for street ,one for trail.My original 34t cassette was not very fast/efficient for street.The new 36t is a noticeable improvement on the 1st ride.It is sometimes slow to shift into top gear but am sure it can be adjusted.It's also very quiet.The Mavic blem rims are also very nice.The Magura brake discs seem very rugged and have more grip than the original Tektro discs.I'me keeping ALL of the items!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Super Low Low

            By ssvqwnp

            from Louisiana

            Pros

            • Low Gear
            • Nice Spread

            Cons

            • Kinda heavy

            Best Uses

            • Hilly Commuting
            • MTB

            Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

            I can use my middle ring for the majority of my climbs, but when the going gets tough, my 22t small ring turns my 26" mtb into a hill-climbing tractor! I have this on a M629 hub, so it shouldn't explode... It seems a bit heavy, but you'll never notice it with these gears. Shifts smooth with my Deore LX shifters, too.

             
            4.0

            great ratios, good perfomance

            By ak-77

            from Berkeley, CA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • price
            • Ratios Are Just Right
            • Shifts smoothly

            Cons

            • No Spider

            Best Uses

            • Spinners And 29ers

            Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

            I use this on a 3x9 set-up on a 29-er mostly used for XC type riding. Had several SRAM 11-34 cassettes before (PG950,970,980). I like the 12-36 ratio much better, since the jumps between gears at the high end are a bit smaller. It also means my 44 up front gets useful earlier, which saves me from wearing out the small cogs on pedally stretches. I don't use the 22-36 lowest gear a lot, but the 36 does come in useful in those situations where you can't look ahead and suddenly have to go up a steep bit in the middle ring.
            Shifting is smooth, no problems whatsoever. I've only put a few hundred miles on it but so far the wear is minimal.
            I would definitely recommend this cassette for 29-er owners, and also for 26-er riders who like a high cadence. Great product, great value.
            THe only reasons not to buy are if you have and aluminum cassette body, or you're a weight weenie.

             
            4.0

            for those steep climbs

            By spacecase

            from el dorado hills,ca

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Weight

              Best Uses

              • Cross country

              Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

              I use this cassette on my full suspension rig for some of the steep never endig climbs in the sierras. Works great!
              Downside would have to be it's weight.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Would recommend this product to any 29r

              By Ranger Stu

              from Tehachapi, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette:

              If you like to climb long steep hills and your a 29r you need this.

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