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    friction front derailer for index usage?

    i have some index shifters... i can either use a crappy index front derailer or a older better/lighter friction derailer. can the friction be used as a index derailer? im asuming yes... but just wanted some feedback.

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    Assuming you are talking shimano SIT, My experience is 'maybe' with a double crankset. Triple is alot more picky. I have shimano pre index double FD that just don't work well even with doubles. It's the arm length. If you got it, it cost nothing but some time to try.

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    i have a suntour thats fricktion. and a crap shimano off a cheapo Pacific. but it works! haha but its crap, and pot metal, and heavy... and its a triple. and yes shimano SIT.

    i dont want to put any money into this bike... its my brother in laws.... haha!

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    Get a proper Shimano FD or stick with the crap.

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    haha, ok so the suntor wont work? is there any way you can tell if its indexed or not? ill stick with the crap untill i can find somehting eles.... haha

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    I've gotten suntour derailers to work with indexed shimano thumb shifters on mountain bikes. But I like the idea of STI shifters (DA?) with a derailler off of a pacific.

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    i think its SIS, whats STI and DA? the pacific is pretty crappy. but it works. i just wont tell him what it is. ill spray paint it black or somehting... haha

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    如果你能讀了這個你講中文 genericbikedude's Avatar
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    nemmind. I thought that you were using fancy stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by broomhandlde
    i think its SIS, whats STI and DA? the pacific is pretty crappy. but it works. i just wont tell him what it is. ill spray paint it black or somehting... haha
    sis and sti are Shimano trademarks. DA= Dura Ace. Like I said, you got it so it cost nothing to try.I wouldn't waste my time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broomhandlde
    haha, ok so the suntor wont work? is there any way you can tell if its indexed or not? ill stick with the crap untill i can find somehting eles.... haha
    Doesn't matter if it's index or not(not sure suntour ever made a index FD like shimano did/does)The shimano and suntour index stuff was generally incompatible.

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    cool. so for future reference. whats the Diff with SIS and STI? is one better than the other?

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    i think SIS is just the term for indexed shifting (shimano index shifting maybe...)STI is when its combined in the break levers as opposed to the downtube shifters..

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