I have a touring/commuting bike with full Shimano 105 -- triple in the front.

I just removed the outer (largest) chainring and replaced it with a chain guard.

It's easy enough to crank on the limit screws to prevent myself from shifting past the middle chainring. However, the chain rubs the front derailleur in my new largest gear (42x11).

So I'm wondering what the best way to adjust the front derailleur would be. Ideally, I'd like to limit out the lowest shift so that I can take advantage of the trim shift that 105 derailleur and shifter have in the outermost position. Is that possible?

Another option is that I have a 105 double front derailleur hanging around. Perhaps that would be more appropriate.

Side note: I checked this question, but it's replacing the entire crank, while I have simply removed one of the chainrings.

  • Is the new ring (42t) the stock middle chainring or did you replace it with a larger chainring?
    – Benzo
    Jan 22, 2014 at 15:45
  • @Benzo I left the stock 42-tooth ring in place.
    – Paul H
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:49
  • what kind of 105 shifters do you have?
    – Batman
    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:23
  • @Batman They're the current model 105 triple shifters that came with the bike.
    – Paul H
    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:30

2 Answers 2


The chain line expected by a double front derailleur is basically what comes with the largest two chain rings on a triple. Since you are using the smallest two chain rings, the double front derailleur will not shift optimally.

Instead, I'd suggest keeping the triple front derailleur in place. Using the limit screw -- as you already have -- is the best option. Given that you are unable to use the trim shift, at the moment, I believe that you may want to back off the limit screw just a bit. In doing so, you'll allow the front derailleur to move outward a little more, which should allow the trim to work properly.


This is a good option for commuting w. heavy wheels etc. My Shimano 105 triple has a couple mounting bolts that allow you to reposition the shifter body, with out changing the limit screws. You can use these when changing crank set ups also. Play around with it a little more, as long as your chain does not go dropping off!

  • Are you talking about adjusting the vertical or horizontal position?
    – Paul H
    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:15

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