I think the reason seems to be that the new HG70's are slightly narrower spaced that before as 8sp spacing is now the 'standard' if you like.
I have tried to measure with a micrometer to determine if this is the case but can't get a consistent and tangible difference (it's close enough that 8sp shifters with 7sp blocks and vice-versa work fine).
I therefore assume that maybe the actual cogs are stamped from a narrower sheet of metal (good for weight, the enviroment and profits, how clever!) though I have not had a new 7sp freehub body to compare to see if this is true but it CANNOT be wear related surely!?
Until I am sufficiently bored to do an OU degree in engineering and use this for my thesis I am happy to add one wibbly washer!
Has anyone else noticed this, does anyone else care? Should I section myself? Does Sheldon Brown know?
OH! Yes, I think the cassette on Miss Kona is 11-28, I definately did that mod!
Somerset, like 'Heartbeat' with newer cars!
Retro MTB: 1992 Cannondale M1000 Deore XT M730. 1992 Raleigh Dyna Tech Quantum Deore XT.
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Modern: 2004 Wilier scandium Ultegra 6800. 2014 Wilier GTR Dura Ace 9000.