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Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Bikes: 1 road bike (simple, light), 1 TT bike (could be more aero, could be lighter), 1 all-weather commuter and winter bike, 1 Monark 828E ergometer indoor bike
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RD indexing adjustment - can't get it right.
First, let me explain that I've adjusted two other bikes from a "new install" position successfully in the past, without more than a few minutes of work on each. I've also adjusted several dozen RDs on other bikes, but in those cases only from a "pre-adjusted" state - essentially fine-tuning. I know the theory, and I've also spent the past hour reading and re-reading Sheldon Brown's guide on the subject, just to be sure I haven't missed anything obvious.
Still, after more than an hour of trying, I simply can't get it right.
Here's my setup:
Ultegra RD (6600, 9-speed)
Ultegra brifters (R600, 9-speed)
Tiagra 12-23 cassette (CS-HG50, 9-speed)
I can get it so that it shifts fine going up (towards larger sprocket), but then it will double-shift in several places going down (towards smaller sprocket). Setting it to shift down fine will cause it shift up very poorly, with lots of noise. It will then also be unable to shift to the largest sprocket, unless I keep holding the shifter lever pressed to the side.
Given that state, I make tiny (quarter turn) adjustments using the barrel adjuster, and it will flip from one of the above scenarios to the other between two such turns! Drives me nuts!
The best I can manage is a condition where it shifts up fine (but is very noisy in most sprockets), and down fine except for a range of 2-4 sprockets, where it skips or rattles violently. Or the reverse, fine down, and most of the way up, but massive rattling over a small range.
Even worse is that it works better or worse in one direction depending on which chainring it runs on, so adjusting it fairly well for one chainring makes it very noisy and erratic for another (52-39 crankset).
Am I forgetting or missing something very obvious here? Any tips and suggestions would be very helpful!