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    i have to separate my chain for new derailleur cage insertion?

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    my new shimano xt front derailleur seems to have no way to get the chain inside the cage, i have to separate the chain to do it?

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    Like any other derailleur, you must break your chain.

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    Most fd's I've seen have a small bolt at the rear of the cage that allows you to spread the cage plates enough to remove or install it without breaking the chain.

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    In a pinch, that's the way I do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadfix
    Like any other derailleur, you must break your chain.
    …not necessary with the Suntour Cyclone GT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wil Davis
    …not necessary with the Suntour Cyclone GT

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    Dang, you got me there, Wil...

    But I know, most FD's have that retaining bolt which can split open the cage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orizzonte
    FD-M761

    my new shimano xt front derailleur seems to have no way to get the chain inside the cage, i have to separate the chain to do it?
    Get a chain tool and remove a link. Go to the LBS and buy a removeable link that is appropriate for your chain and replace the link with that one. Now you have a bike with a chain that you can easily remove over and over again to clean the chain. The lifetime of a well maintained chain is a lot longer than one that isn't. Good luck.

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    END - new derailleurs are not always convienient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orizzonte
    FD-M761

    my new shimano xt front derailleur seems to have no way to get the chain inside the cage, i have to separate the chain to do it?
    It depends on the front derailleur. As it happens, on a new XT front the cage is rivited and you have to break the chain.

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    You could always remove the bottom pulley sprocket. Its easier to break a chain, but removing the sprocket requires no special tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlisity
    You could always remove the bottom pulley sprocket. Its easier to break a chain, but removing the sprocket requires no special tools.
    Uh, it's a front derailleur. They tend not to have pulleys.

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    It helps to know the question when you are providing answers, doesn't it? Sorry about that.

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    Haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    Most fd's I've seen have a small bolt at the rear of the cage that allows you to spread the cage plates enough to remove or install it without breaking the chain.
    Yes, of course, this is the way to go.

    The only time you break the chain is when the FD does NOT have the bolt at the rear of the cage. NEVER break a chain when there is a way around it.
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