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What is the smallest cassette cog I can get for a bicycle? Is there something smaller than an 11-26?

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Yes there is a 10 tooth available for high end road bikes.....if this won't fit your application i would increase my front sprocket 1 or 2 teeth....same outcome...taller gears...good luck to you friend....Tim

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