NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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If you disconnect the cable, and sight from the rear you can line up the upper jockey pulley with the small cog using the Lower set screw. If you do not have the chain on, you can manually grab the derailleur and push it left (when looking at the bike from the rear), and line up the upper jockey pulley with the largest cog.
Install chain, cable, shift the rear shifter to the lowest gear, and turn the barrel adjusters (on rear derailleur AND the shifter) all the way in, then back it out 1 full turn. Pull slack out of cable and retighten. Oh yeah, I also shift the front derailleur into the middle chainring. Check lower limit again to make sure it's not rubbing the frame,if it is adjust the limit screw in just a bit more. Now, while pedalling, shift 1 time. This should shift the bike into the 2nd gear. Using the barrel adjuster, turn counter clockwise until the upper jockey pulley is directly below the 2nd cog. This sets the cable in the proper alignment for the clicks on the shifter. Go through all the gears and adjust the barrel adjuster in 1/8 turns to fine tune it.
When you do shift into the big cog, try to overshift and throw the chain off to the inside. If you can, obviously you need to turn the limit screw in a bit. If the chain doesn't want to get into the big cog, you've adjusted it too far and need to back it off a bit.
Also, did you remember the spring tension screw available on the XTR? Where the cable clamp is, toward the rear pivot of the derailleur there is a phillips head screw. If you turn that 1/4 turn, you increase the spring tension on the derailleur which makes downshifts quicker and more crisp!
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