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Component responsible for moving the chain up and down from one chainring to another. It is usually fixed at the bottom of the seat tube. Bikes with only one chainring do not have one.

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Front Derailleur is adjusted, gears sit well without rubbing, but shifting fails at times

I recently adjusted the front derailleur of a bicycle according to a YouTube tutorial from park tools: Adjust angle and height Adjust L limit screw Adjust H limit screw Adjust the cable tension Now, ...
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Drivetrain Compatibility 105 and sora/ tiagra

I want to build 11 speed bike. Could I use an 11-speed cassette with an 11-speed 105 rear derailleur and a Sora/Tiagra crankset with a 105 front derailleur?
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Chain rubbing the lowest point of the front deraillieur

Problem: when the smaller chain ring is selected, the chain is well centered in the front derailleur's bracket but is rubbing against its lowest part. See the shredded rubber remains there? It happens ...
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Front derailleur at limit, but still heavy chain rub on cage

Back story: I bought a Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 second-hand, with Shimano Ultegra components. The previous owner had used it with different components and had the original ones re-assembled before ...
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My bicycle's front derailleur rubs with my bicycle chain

My bicycle's gears are 3x7 when i keep it on 2x1,2x2,2x3,2x4,3x1,3x2 or 3x3 my bicycle's chain rubs with my front derailleur on the left side. Is it normal ? if not then how can i fix that?
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Derailleur intermittent rubbing

So my front derailleur gets rubbed on by the chain when I give it a good push. If I have the bike up and just turning the crank or gently pedaling there is no rubbing, but if I put my weight into it I ...
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Front mech chain tension: rub or no downshift

I replaced the cable/housing on my Tiagra 4700 front mech and I'm having trouble adjusting the cable tension just right. It seems I'm stuck between two undesirable states: if I get the cable tension ...
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Cannot figure out how to stop outer edge of front derailleur hitting chain

I have a Giant road bike with Shimano Ultegra gears. The outer side of the front derailleur is making contact with the chain, on both crank chain rings, when in the highest gear at the rear. I have ...
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Question About Shifter Functionality?

I’m a new bike rider and I’m trying to get a lot more into biking and understanding bikes and what not. However, I recently bought a Cannondale Quick CX 4 (about a month ago) and I’m having issues ...
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Using Front Derailleur Over the Stated Max Capacity

Im planning to run a 54-36t/34t chainring setup and looking for compatible derailleurs. Looking at shimano claris FD-R2000. It's stated that the total capacity is 16t. Im wondering if it would still ...
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Sora front derailleur cannot reach top chainring cleanly

I bought a new bike specced with a sora front derailleur and left brifter. I've been unable to make the front derailleur shift properly. I sent a message to the manufacturer (no response yet) but I ...
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I Have a Triban RC 100 (Small, Women's bike) I am upgrading the cransket to a Shimano 105, do I need to upgrade the entire transmission too?

I have a Triban RC 100 women's road bike and I bent the stock cransket in a crash so I am looking to upgrade to something better. I was thinking of upgrading the cransket to a Shimano Sora but would ...
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Shimano 105 front derailleur pivot broke : what am I doing wrong?

Sunday, 40 km in and after a steep uphill, the pivot point on my front derailleur snapped in two parts. I remember a whipe noise, one of the chain link opened and when I tried to place the chain back ...
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Is it normal for rear derailleur tension to impact front derailleur tension?

I just received a bike from a bike shop. It has a GRX800 front derailleur (FD) and rear derailleur (RD). When taking a look at the derailleur setup to check if it is alright, I found something very ...
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Does a 3x7 front derailleur works on a 3x9 setup

Will a 3 speed front derailleur meant for a a 3x7 setup work the same on a 3x9 setup?
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Front derailleur installation initial cable tension

I am installing a new XT top pull band on front derailleur. The placement of the cable connection will require me to replace the shift cable too. I am wondering when installing the derailleur what ...
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Where should the cable be run on a front derailleur?

I'm trying to figure out the cable direction on Altus front derailleur. This is a top swing FD. It is shown as below figure on shimano's dealer manual but it's not much clear. Should the cable be ...
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Band New Front Gear Shift Issue

I brought a bike a few days ago and barely rode it. Every time I did I noticed that the chain would slip in the front gear going to a larger chainring, in this case it's gear 2. 'Funny thing is I took ...
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Front chain rings don't shift properly after installing a bottom bracket and shorter spindles

My problem is I fitted shorter spindles and a new bottom bracket now front gears are not working as they should, the chain on the third click should be on the outer sprocket but only goes to the ...
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What is the correct cable routing for this Shimano front derailleur?

I'm working on an old (2007-ish) Specialized Hard Rock Sport, and failed to take any pictures of the cable routing before dismantling it. I don't know what kind of front derailleur I have either, it's ...
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Front derailleur clamp/hanger for Rivendell frame

I am building a bike with a Rivendell custom frameset. The seat tube size is 29.7mm. I am mounting a Dura-Ace FD-R9150 front derailleur that is braze-on. I'm looking for an adapter clamp but the ...
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Shimano Deore front derailleur return spring broken?

For a couple of days now, I am no longer possible to shift to the smallest chainring of my bicycle. There is simply no response at all (no resistance, no click-sound, nothing happens. The indicator at ...
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Oval Rotor Q-rings impossible (for me) to dial in on (new) OPEN U.P. with SRAM Force AXS D1 FD

For a long distance dream build, I chose the latest OPEN U.P. frame and a Force D1 groupset with oval Rotor 48/35 Q-rings. I'm no stranger to setting up oval chainrings since I've had O.Symetric and ...
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If you maintain multiple bikes, what's better in the long-run, audible or visual FD tuning?

There are two schools for tuning a front derailleur. The visual school, described in Shimano Dealer's Manual, is to tighten the hi/lo screws by inspecting the gap between cage and chain, and seeking ...
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Triple ring front derailleur skipping middle chain ring when downshifting

I have a touring bicycle with 3 x 9 gears. The front derailleur and front shifter are Shimano Sora. Some time ago, the front derailleur started skipping the middle chain ring when downshifting from ...
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How can I adjust the front derailleur range of my bike?

My front derailleur is kinda old and malfunctioning and while I'm not buying a new, I would like to make it shift only from the small cog to the middle one. It's, currently, shifting from the biggest ...
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Chain is rubbing the front derailleur even after trying to align using indexing screws

I have a Trek Marlin 5 (2022) MTB with Shimano Altus M315 as the front derailleur. The problem is the chain (KMC Z8.3) is rubbing the derailleur on higher gears (for example, when using 2x7 or 2x8) ...
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Issue with front derailleur 3x10 with a 3x7 groupset (shimano)

I have MTB bike with 3x7 speed groupset. Then I replaced the FD Shimano tourney by a Deore FD-M590-10 (with with top pull). Is it a 3x10? But the shift (Altus ST-EF50-L) can shift only the 2 (the ...
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Shimano 105 R7000 Front Derailleur Setup - New Bike

Just got a new bike with Shimano 105-7000 series, previously rode a bike with older style Shimano 105-5700. So the overall adjustment is different. So on the new bike i'm finding that the setup doesn'...
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Which limit screw is which?

I had to replace my front derailleur on my mtb. Now I just need to adjust it however the limit screws are not marked. Does anyone know if the L limit screw is closest to the frame? Or is that one the ...
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Changing front chainrings

I picked up a used 2006 Trek 520 for pretty cheap as a project bike. This bike: https://archive.trekbikes.com/us/en/2006/trek/520#/us/en/2006/trek/520/details (specs are on that page). I took it ...
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Does Giant Contend 1 support 9 or 18 speeds?

I bought a Giant contend 1 for winter training. The specs can be best found here. It came pre-configured with 9 speeds only. This means that the bigger ring can only access the lower 4 cogs while the ...
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Re-insert Gear Cable Plug / Fitting

My front derailleur wouldn't let me shift to the small chain ring, and after some investigation I located the issue to this plastic plug/fitting/thingy that seems to have popped out of the little hole ...
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Multiple gears shifted while not pedaling

It happened again, but much worse this time. Someone shifted the front derailleur from 2 to 1 and the rear derailleur from 5 to 9 without pedaling when I was in school. Does this do any significant ...
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Improving front derailleur shifting

I've set my girlfriend's bike up with 9-speed Shimano MTB shifters and road derailleurs. Specifically, the shifters are Deore SL-M590 (3 x 9 speed), the front derailleur is Tiagra FD-4600 (2 speed) ...
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Adjusting a front derailleur in a Velomobile

The front derailleur in my Velomobile needs adjusting and as it is a pain to reach it I rather not do it the try and try again method if I can avoid it. The derailleur is a standard one, only the ...
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How does front derailleur limit the tire width?

I am somewhat puzzled, because one of the promises of Boost standard was "you can run wider tires". But it does not seem so -- I try to figure out my next (?) setup, 2x10, 29x2.6" tires ...
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Is Shimano MTB front derailleur compatible with SRAM crankset?

I have 3 pieces to make this work -- brifter, FD, and the crankset -- in 2x10 setup. From this post -- Compatibility of Tiagra 4700 shifter with MTB front derailleur -- I gather I can match Tiagra ...
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Sora Triple Front Derailleur - Shifting Into Cranks

I have a 2015 Salsa Vaya 3, which comes stock with 3x9s Sora (74bcd 30/130 bcd 39/130 bcd 50 + 11-32). Since I'm weak, I've done the following to make biking Seattle hills easier: Front chainrings 26/...
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Should I be able to open the main loop of a Shimano Sora front derailleur?

Servicing my bike today. My chain does NOT have a master link but I was hoping to take it off and degrease it with popping out a pin. I've taken the rear derailleur side plate off so the chain is free ...
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Can shifting front derailleur while not peddling cause damage

I was in school when someone shifted the front derailleur from 2 to 1 without peddling, the problem is I am not sure how long ago it was shifted, at max it could have been 6 hours, does this do any ...
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Boardman Comp Hybrid 2012 - Suggestions for cheap way to get much lower gearing?

I am just about to buy a boardman comp 2012 hybrid bike which I want to use bikepacking. The gearing will be a little high as standard, it's a flat bar setup with Sram X5 9 speed shifters and rear ...
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Shimano Tiagra front derailleur cable routing

Ignoring that the cable is not cut down to length, is this cable on my Tiagra front derailleur routed correctly? The reason I'm double checking is that there is a little tab that sticks off the metal ...
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Are there special heavy-duty front derailleurs for recumbent trikes or recumbent bicycles?

I have a "normal" short wheelbase highracer recumbent bicycle (Radius Hornet I) for about 20 years now, so I'm generally used to recumbent-specific things. But since recently I also own an ...
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I can operate any stick shift without the owner's manual; can I operate any front derailleur with no manual?

Car stick shifts vs. bike front-derailleur operation We thankfully have a standard for driving automobiles. We can operate a new or a rental car without reading its owner's manual. Reading the manual ...
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How to set H screw limit on front derailleur

I have made sure the FD (Front Derailleur) is at the right height and angled parralel to chain. Now, I have shifted the gears rear and front outward most cog (8 and 3 respectively) and gone to adjust ...
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Hi I have Shimano t4000 rear derailleur with Alivio cassette and chain, 9 speed with a t4010 crank (48t outer). What front derailleur can I use?

I require the correct and best front mech for t4010 crank (48t) with t4000 rear derailleur, shifter and Alivio cassette (9 speed). I'm struggling to get the t4000 FD with 63-66 degrees (assuming that'...
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Did I just buy an inverted front derailleur?

I have a mtb and my derailleur is old, now that I removed it I see that is in tip top condition(I try to take very good care of my bike) but as I already had the new one, I decided to just go with the ...
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Front Derailleur Won't shift down

I had an issue with my from derailleur and took it into a bike shop where the guy told me nothing was wrong with it even though I was noticing some noise coming from it. I then tried velofix the bike ...
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Front derailleur rub chain when on innermost/smallest cog and rear derailleur is on innermost/largest cog

Front derailleur rub chain when on innermost/smallest cog and rear derailleur is on innermost/largest cog. I have watched Park tools guide to adjust both derailleurs and tuned the gears to make them ...
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