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Questions tagged [derailleur]

Mechanism to move the chain from one sprocket to another.

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What options do I have if my rear derailleur breaks when I'm out on a trail?

I ran into an unfortunate situation earlier this week. I was out on a mountain bike trail, alone - just me and my hardail. I'm pedaling, when I suddenly hear a CRUNCH and my bike stops. The hanger has ...
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Broken Shimano FD-R453

I have a Shimano FD-R453 front derailleur that needs replacing. 50t and bottom pull with a 31.8 clamp. There are three gears in the front and 9 gears in the back. Could somebody help me with getting ...
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Fitting a 9-speed 11-50T cassette on MTB: which derailleur?

I'm trying to understand if its possible to fit a 9-speed 11-50T cassette (found one on Ali) on my MTB. The plan is to go 1×9. The problem is that I can't seem to understand the if a specific ...
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Change derailleur for new cassette?

I currently run Shimano SG-B-53/39 chain rings coupled to a 9 speed 13/23 cluster. If I was to change my cassette to a 9 speed 11/32 would I need to also change my derailleur?
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Need derailleur hanger

I have what I believe is a 1994 Cannondale. I need a derailleur hanger and I’m tired of thinking I’m ordering the right one and it’s not. Can somebody please tell me how to find out what my bike is? ...
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Selecting a front derailleur: parameters

The spec sheet for the Shimano Alivio FD-M430 front derailleur contains a number of points that I don't understand. What does "Maximum capacity: 22 teeth" mean? Why are "Top gear teeth" constrained ...
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Shimano STI does not shift up/to lower cogs

Typ: Shimano RS505 2x11 hydraulic Problem: Up shifting is possible to the 5th or 6th cog, after this the STI does not give the click feedback and the derailleur does not move to the next smaller cog. ...
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Problem with chain skipping without trying to shift (even with new chain and gears)

I have a mountain bike where the chain intermittently skips when put under load on the middle (and very rarely on the smallest) chain ring. It is not related to shifting. I've taken several steps to ...
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Shimano Metrea ST-U5060-R compatibility

So I'm trying to find out if Shimano Metrea ST-U5060-R would be compatible with any Shimano 11 rear derailleur? Also, would it also be compatible with the T4700 Tiagra derailleur since it seems to be ...
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Perfectly setting up gears - how?

Every time I have my bike serviced, the bike shop sets up the gears on a stand in their workshop. The gears change perfectly on the stand, but when the bike is on the road, the rear derailleur doesn't ...
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Can I use a narrowide chainring on a double rings crankset?

I would like to go touring using my narrowide chainring, but I would like as well to put a smaller chainring (the infamous Grannie) so that I could have it as a last resort in case of really hard ...
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Front chainring spacing difference between Shimano and Campagnolo?

I want to upgrade my mid 80s road bike from a 50 tooth to a 53. But the BCD of the big triple chainring is some rare standard that it costs less to buy a whole (used) crank instead. And of course this ...
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When to replace rear derailleurs

What is the typical life cycle of mid-range rear derailleurs assuming no accidents? More precisely, what's the average mileage after which it's better to replace it rather than doing tuning all the ...
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How to determine which cassettes I can use with my derailleur?

I am trying to understand which cassettes I can install on my bike. I've understood that the length of the derailleur also determines which cassettes will fit. In my case I have a triple (see picture ...
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Replacement for Suntour Superbe Tech Rear Derailleur

I recently picked up an 85 Cannondale ST500 with a Suntour Superbe Tech rear derailleur. The cage is bent and the bearings in the guides don't feel too fresh. I'm just starting to get into bike ...
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Trek 1.1 Derailleur Hanger

I've got a 2011 Trek 1.1, and my derailleur hanger broke in a crash a few weeks ago. I've tried both a number 5 and number 6 hanger, which are what WheelsMFG has listed, but neither seem to fit. There ...
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Can a universal derailleur hanger be a suitable long term solution?

I've recently snapped my derailleur hanger for an old Apollo Raceline Peleton road bike. Have had no luck sourcing a replacement that fits, and neither have local bike shop. Has anyone been in a ...
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What is the top sprocket?

I am reading the Shimano specs and I cannot figure out what is the "top sprocket". An example: https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/sora-r3000/RD-R3000-SS.html "Low sprocket" (I couldn' ...
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How to calculate the capacity of a rear derailleur

It's easy to calculate what capacity of a rear derailleur will be needed based on the size of the big and small chainring and the big and small cog. What about the converse question, how to calculate ...
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10 speed rear derailleur only shifting 7 gears…losing my mind

OK, so I have a rough and ready road bike (Planet X London Road) that is not shifting right.... It is running: Shimano Tiagra 4600 Shifters (3 x 10) but running it a 1x10 with one front chainring ...
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Will Shimano Di2 synchro shift work with an XT (Mountain) rear derailleur with an Ultegra (Road) front derailleur on the same bike?

Basically, can I mix a mountain Di2 rear derailleur (specifically, the RD-M8050-GS) and with a road Di2 front derailleur (specifically, the FD-R8050)? Will firmware updates and syncro shift still both ...
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What does this barrel adjuster do on the rear derailleur (SRAM Apex 1)?

On this SRAM Apex 1 derailleur, what does this barrel adjuster do? What happens if I turn it clockwise/anti-clockwise?
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Cannot shift to lowest gear - chain too short?

I’m in the process of switching from an 11-25 to 11-32 rear cassette. The upgrade has involved replacing the cassette, rear derailleur (short to medium cage) and fitting a new chain. I can cleanly ...
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Shimano 105 rear shifting issues

I'm disappointed with my new Cannondale and it's 105 group, I expected this to be a major upgrade from my previous trouble free bike with the bottom end group set. It's done about 500 miles, had new ...
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What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs?

What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs? I know that hub gears are not as efficient. Apart from being heavier, how much will I lose in performance if I use hub gears?
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Very stiff front derailleur

My girlfriend has been having problems with her front shifter/derailleur since she got her bike. For some reason, moving the chain from the middle ring to the big ring at the front, is very stiff. ...
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I can't shift gears

My friend gave me his bike because it was too small for him, I was new to biking so I didn't notice till now that T can't switch gears. My front derailleur is on middle gear out of 3 and the rear on ...
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Shifter/brake-lever compatibility with front and rear derailleurs

I am currently converting my bike from flat bars to drop bars for a long touring cycle. I used to have Shimano SL310 shifters (8x3), but have now bought Shimano Sora ST-3300 (8x3) to mount on the drop ...
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Derailleur out of alignment after cable snapped

The front derailleur cable snapped on a friend's bike, she shifted it with her hand to a rideable position, and rode for a few weeks. She asked me for help replacing the cable, though when I replaced ...
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Derailleur adjustment: front or rear first?

When adjusting both front and rear derailleurs, which should be done first?
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How do I figure out what crankset replacement will fit my derailleur?

I have a bike with a Shimano FC-M560 crankset in the front which I want to replace. I naively bought a Shimano FC-TY301 crankset, thinking that there's norms and that 3-speed cranksets are more or ...
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Front derailleur cable suddenly very slack (no shifting), not sure what's caused it

I last rode the bike on Sunday. Throughout the ride I noticed the front shifter (grip friction shift, Shimano) was feeling "looser" than normal (hard to describe, it didn't feel "right" and seemed to ...
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Remove old non-indexed levers for gear changing to make “fixed” speed bike?

I recently got an old bicycle for the sole purpose of using it on a trainer. It has old non-indexed levers for gear changing and they don't seem to work OK. The front one slips into lower after a ...
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Would a IGH drive train last longer than a derailleur drive train?

Would a single sprocket + 8 speed chain + single chain wheel used in combination with a IGH last longer than a 10 speed cassette + 10 speed chain + 3x chain wheels? Image I have 2 bicycles. Bike 1 ...
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Shimano front derailleur - tensioning, can't move shifter

I am trying to fix the front shifting on a bike (not my own, family member). The original reported problems were inability to shift into 3 (largest), combined with a tendency for the chain to come off ...
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One extra position on front derailleur besides trim

After I changed shift cables, I have 4 positions on my front derailleur. WTF? I have a double chainring. I have a trim position as well, but after shifting to the big chainring, I can still move the ...
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Test drive of bike derailed chain easily … bad sign or nothing?

I tested a bike at a bike shop today. I rode it about 30 feet / 10 meters, turned left up a very shallow hill, hit the left (forward) dérailleur and the chain came off (went past innermost front ...
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Will 2 x 10 speed front derailleur work with 11 speed set up?

Would an existing 2x10 front mech work with a new 11 speed rear set up? Using all Shimano SLX with 11 speed shifter, rear mech and chain. Front chain rings are 2 x SLX 38/28.
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Help replacing front derailleur

Evening, total newb question maybe but it’s driving me mad. I have a Carrera Vulcan 2015 model which I bought second hand to aid my physiotherapy. From what I can work out by the spec sheet the ...
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Road Shifters, Mountain Rear Derailleur?

I have a road/cyclocross/commuter frame that is currently spec'd with road components - all Shimano 105, with an Ultegra rear derailleur. The cassette (10 spd) tops out at 27 teeth, and the rear ...
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Bike chain slips in a strange way

I bought a new bike about a month ago. And it made a strange sound from the first ride , I thought the sound was because it was new and will disappear with time but it didn't. The sound is like a ...
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Adjustment necessary for stationary trainer

I am looking at purchasing a stationary trainer that will be shared with my wife and would prefer to do a wheel off trainer. Both of our bikes have a 11-28T cassette. So, theoretically, if the ...
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RD-TZ40 ME Replacement

I've damaged the rear derailleur on my bike, and it needs to be replaced. I don't really have an LBS. I've looked around online, but I can't seem to find a correct replacement. I should clarify that ...
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OK to ride with a slightly bent mech hanger?

My rear derailleur took a knock from a fall, and the entire shifting range moved inwards by about one sprocket width. I suspect, but am not sure, that the mech hanger got slightly bent (could be ...
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Bike is shifting on its own

Ever since I got my bike (Surly Long Haul Trucker), it has been prone to shifting on its own. This is almost guaranteed to happen when I stand up on the pedals, and happens regularly when sitting as ...
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Is this regular chain/pulley noise or is there someting I should check/adjust?

Extra images I'm 99% certain the noise is coming off one or both of the derailleur pulleys, but not sure if it's to be expected or if it's irregular and something that should be fixed? Edit Just ...
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If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?

A couple weeks ago I rode around Crater Lake, a 35 mile ride with over 4500 feet of cumulative elevation gain – the sort of ride you really want functional gears for. The night before my rear ...
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Sora STI Shifters with Deore

I'm building a touring bike and was interesting in using STI shifters, just wondering if this setup will work. Shimano Sora 3500 STI Triple 3x9 Speed Road Lever Set with Shimano Deore M590 Top Swing ...
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Installing modern Deraileurs in an Old type mountain bike Frame

Found my old mountainbike(steelframe) and i saw that its Rear Deraileur was worn out, was wondering would i be able to install a modern deraileur on a bike frame like this? I'd also like to ask if ...
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Are there real-life alternatives to the chain+derailleur combo?

I was reading an article about the CeramicSpeed’s Driven concept and, while not interested in the efficiency part, the chainless system reminded me of something I was wondering for some time: are ...