I have a Fuji Transonic 2.8 from 2016 that has the following hanger installed:


I am replacing the short cage Shimano 105 rear derailleur with the medium cage version to be able to use an 11-34 cassette.

Now the previous bike mechanic installed the short cage derailleur with the b-link removed, so clearly it was being treated as direct mount hanger, but I want to make sure that I should do the same with the medium cage derailleur. Couldn't find any documentation anywhere on which type the above hanger is, found a bunch of sites trying to explain the direct mount vs standard distinction but they all look the same to me. I want to make sure I don't remove the b-link by mistake when it is really needed.


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TLDR: You have a standard mount hanger, leave the B pivot on the derailleur.

Looking at this Wheels Manufacturing page, what they call 'direct' hangers put the M10 mounting hole further to the rear than 'standard' hangers.

I believe that with the newer groupset series that introduced 'Shadow Technology' (moving the derailleur in and behind the cassette a bit) Shimano wanted the B pivot further rearward than previous designs and added the B-link to do this. They provided for original bicycle manufacturers and third party hanger manufacturers to make 'direct' hangers by making the B-link removable.

If your hanger goes straight down it's a standard type, use the B-pivot. If your hanger goes down and rearward at about 45 degrees, and there is a horizontal separation between the axle and M10 mounting hole of 1-2cm it's a direct type, remove the B-pivot.

  • Thx. I'm confused by your tldr comment. You said to leave the b-pivot on the derailleur and that I have a direct mount handset. But later you and every other info I've found online state to remove the b-pivot or b-link if the hanger is direct mount. Did you just mistype this in the tldr? Oct 21, 2019 at 11:16
  • @user2456600, yeah I meant 'standard' - now fixed. I wrote the answer at 5am my time. Oct 21, 2019 at 11:18
  • Thx it makes sense now!!! Oct 21, 2019 at 11:34

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