Bicycle Mechanics - rear derailleur help
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05-27-07, 05:03 PM
i just picked up a vintage fuji ten speed and noticed the rear derailleur pulleys are slanted to the right. both the jockey pulley and the tension pulley seemed to be angled away from the wheel. the bike shifts fine and there's no skipping, or jumping, but i think both those pulleys are supposed to be striaght up and down. can someone please tell me the proper way to line it up, if indeed it's meant to be that way. there are pics of of what im talking about here http://sedmond.photosite.com/ in album 2. oh yeah it a suntour 7-gt rear derailleur if it makes any difference.
05-27-07, 05:15 PM
Yes, the pulleys should line up, straight up and down. I can't really tell from the photos (not close up enough), but I think either the derailleur cage is bent or the derailleur is bent at the cage pivot. The derailleur hanger looks pretty straight (as much as can be told from your photos), but it may pay to check this too. Friction shifting is quite forgiving with bent derailleurs - indexed shifting is another story...
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