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Noun, Noun Phrase

A cogset is a collection of sprockets on the rear wheel of a bicycle.

Example usage: I replaced the cogset on my bike with a 9-speed cassette.

Most used in: Mountain biking and road cycling.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists who need to replace or upgrade their cogset.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Cassette, Freewheel, Block, Cluster, Gearset,


What is a Cogset?

A cogset, also known as a cassette or freewheel, is a cluster of sprockets on the rear wheel of a bicycle. It is connected to a ratcheting freehub body and is used to drive the rear wheel. It is the component that allows you to change gears while cycling.

The cogset typically consists of 5 to 11 sprockets, with the most common range being 7 to 11. The number of sprockets determines the range of gearing options available to the cyclist. The most common cogset sizes are 11-23T, 11-25T, 11-28T, 11-32T and 11-34T. The smaller the number of teeth on the sprockets, the easier it will be to pedal up hills.

Cogsets come in a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, and titanium. Steel cogsets are the most common, as they are the least expensive and most durable. Aluminum cogsets are lighter than steel, but not as durable. Titanium cogsets are the most expensive and lightest option, but are also prone to wearing out faster than other materials.

Cogsets are an essential part of a bicycle, and are critical for performance and safety. It is important to ensure that the cogset is in good working order, as a malfunctioning cogset can cause serious injury to the cyclist.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Cogset'

The cycling term 'cogset' is used to refer to the cluster of cogs, or sprockets, that are found on the rear wheel of a bicycle. It is used to refer to the entire set of gears, regardless of the number of cogs present. The term was first used in the early 1900s, in the United States. It was likely derived from the phrase 'gearset', which was used to describe the collection of gears found in a manual transmission car.

The earliest recorded use of the term 'cogset' was in a bicycle repair manual, written in 1915 by Frank W. Bowden. Bowden, who was a bicycle manufacturer, used the term to refer to the cluster of cogs found on the rear wheel of a bicycle. He described the cogset as 'the part of the bicycle which provides the mechanical means by which the rider can vary the rate of speed.'

Since its introduction in the early 1900s, the term 'cogset' has become widely used among cyclists and bicycle mechanics alike. It is used to refer to the entire set of cogs, regardless of the number of cogs present. Today, the term is used in many different contexts, including in the description of components in a bicycle drivetrain.

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