Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-11-06, 06:15 PM   #1
Ribstogo12
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Need a new, better, derailleur

I bought a Kona Stuff 05 about 1 tear ago, and I love it. The only problem I have with it, is its ass-whack derailleur. It broke once, replaced it. Broke a second time, and Iíve had enough with it. Currently I have a broken 8 Speed Shimano Alivio RD-M410-L, and want a better one that may not break so often. To replace this Alivio with another Alivio will cost about $40. I have no trouble buying another, better, derailleur for $100.

I mostly free ride and mountain bike. Does anyone have any recommendation for a derailleur that wonít break itself, or my wallet?
Ribstogo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-06, 06:41 PM   #2
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.
Posts: 26,913
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ribstogo12
I mostly free ride and mountain bike. Does anyone have any recommendation for a derailleur that wonít break itself, or my wallet?
How did it break?

If you're doing real mountain biking, your rear derailleur is always one twig in the bottom chain run away from destruction. Expensive ones break just as easily as the cheaper ones, they just cost more to replace.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-06, 07:09 PM   #3
Old Hammer Boy
Senior Member
 
Old Hammer Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Utah
Bikes: Trek, Cannondale Tandem, Surly LHT
Posts: 1,082
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ribstogo12
I bought a Kona Stuff 05 about 1 tear ago, and I love it. The only problem I have with it, is its ass-whack derailleur. It broke once, replaced it. Broke a second time, and Iíve had enough with it. Currently I have a broken 8 Speed Shimano Alivio RD-M410-L, and want a better one that may not break so often. To replace this Alivio with another Alivio will cost about $40. I have no trouble buying another, better, derailleur for $100.

I mostly free ride and mountain bike. Does anyone have any recommendation for a derailleur that wonít break itself, or my wallet?
Just got an XT from Jensen for $40 + shipping, and they ship FedEx, not the stupid USPS like Nashbar and Performance. Great deal on a very good RDR. Go here to order: http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...erailleur.aspx
Old Hammer Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-06, 07:34 PM   #4
HillRider 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Posts: 29,121
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 180 Post(s)
As RG noted, expensive derailleurs break just as easily as cheap ones. Maybe easier since part of their high cost comes from their minimalist, light weight design.

If you are routinely breaking rear derailleurs, maybe you should rethink your riding techniques.
HillRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-06, 07:37 PM   #5
Ribstogo12
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Alright, thanks. Big help, guess ill just have to replace them every once in awhile.

But, what I dont understand is why my friends crappy buffy rear derailleur hasnt broke, ever. Its a Shimano. I dont get it. He rides it everyday, and he rides it hard.

Last edited by Ribstogo12; 04-11-06 at 07:47 PM.
Ribstogo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-06, 07:47 PM   #6
Eatadonut
You know you want to.
 
Eatadonut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Bikes: Pinarello Prince, 1980's 531 steel fixie commuter, FrankenMTB
Posts: 1,896
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ebay for alivio derailleurs. I got mine for $8 shipped.

Then I replaced it with a SRAM 3.0 for $6 shipped from nashbar, because I got new 1:1 shifters.
__________________
Weather today: Hot. Humid. Potholes.
Eatadonut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-06, 08:51 PM   #7
Landgolier
THIS SPACE FOR RENT
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,849
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is why people go singlespeed
Landgolier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-06, 11:22 PM   #8
supcom
You need a new bike
 
supcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 5,433
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ribstogo12
Alright, thanks. Big help, guess ill just have to replace them every once in awhile.

But, what I dont understand is why my friends crappy buffy rear derailleur hasnt broke, ever. Its a Shimano. I dont get it. He rides it everyday, and he rides it hard.
Maybe he doesn't whack it into things? Or lay the bike down on the derailleur? Or use bad gear combos? You didn't say how or why your derailleur breaks. Do you use the big-big gear combo with too short of a chain? If it's breaking without any "help" from you, why don't you get it replaced under warranty?
supcom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-06, 12:01 AM   #9
z415
Senior Member
 
z415's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Gainesville/Tampa, FL
Bikes: Trek 1000, two mtbs and working on a fixie for commuting.
Posts: 2,343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Go Shimano Deore like Old Hammer Boy said. Alivio, Acera, Altus - they all are just good for riding around in the grass at the local park. Any harder riding and you will be replacing 'em. BTW, what exactly do you mean by "broken"? I'm imagining the the RD snapped backwards and in half, but that doesn't seem likely unless you whack at it with a hammer. I thought my mom had messed up her Acera on her bike once, but it turned out it there was more dirt in the assembly than lube and metal put together. My roommate smashed the cage/tensioner parts into some concrete (bench or curb?) and that did the trick. If thats whats happening to you, Deore won't do much. It might take any bad gearing combos better. Try maybe Shimano Hone's. Don't seem to be around as much as Deore's, but I heard they are cheaper than XTs or LXs and just as good. Also, Shimano's website has their Saint's listed as heavy duty stuff, but there might be sizing issues.
z415 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-06, 09:05 AM   #10
Little Darwin
The Improbable Bulk
 
Little Darwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Bikes: Many
Posts: 8,402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ribstogo12
But, what I dont understand is why my friends crappy buffy rear derailleur hasnt broke, ever. Its a Shimano. I dont get it. He rides it everyday, and he rides it hard.
In bicycles, the extra expense doesn't necessarily get you something stronger, but will almost always get you something lighter.

Expensive equipment = light...

Cheap equipment = heavy...

Cheaper and heavier can sometimes also be stronger...
__________________
Slow Ride Cyclists of NEPA

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Little Darwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-06, 12:49 PM   #11
fsor
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 587
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How did sydney put it? Something like 'everything breaks, light stuff breaks quicker' something like that...he did have a turn of phrase.
fsor is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:50 PM.