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Old 10-18-06, 07:53 PM   #1
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Any cons to using a braze on FD with adapter clamp over just a clamped FD?

Hi all,

Bit of a strange question. I have a store credit at a place, and I need a clamp on FD. They don't have a 34.9 clamp, which is what I need, but they do have an adapter for braze ons, and a braze on FD. I want to know if there are any negatives to using the braze-on adapter combo, over just a clamp on FD. They have ordered more 34.9 clamp FDs, but they are unsure when more will be in stock. Thanks
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Old 10-18-06, 08:00 PM   #2
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None that I can think of. On the plus side if you ever switch frames and have a braze on with adapter clamp you can get a different size clamp if needed.
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Old 10-18-06, 08:01 PM   #3
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None that I can think of. On the plus side if you ever switch frames and have a braze on with adapter clamp you can get a different size clamp if needed.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Thanks oilman
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It looks ugly....
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I have one. It looks fine.
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Nashbar has those adapter clamps on sale for $2.45.
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Old 10-19-06, 01:24 PM   #7
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It won't be as strong, but it'll probably be strong enough.
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It won't be as strong, but it'll probably be strong enough.
It won't be as strong? I have three bikes with the adapters and they certainly look to be as strong an attachment as the built-in clamp models.

One advantage of the adapter is that braze-on derailleurs are cheaper so, if you ever upgrade, the adapter clamp will let you buy a cheaper component.
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One more fastener to keep tight.
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It won't be as strong, but it'll probably be strong enough.
With the addition of the extra fixing bolt makes for two to tighten instead of one. But I think you'll have an easier time adjusting the cage to run parallel with your chainrings as a result.
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Another advantage is being able to reuse a perfectly good braze-on FD on a non-brazed bike. You might like to upgrade the race bike and migrate the still useable bits to the commuter, por ejemplo.
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