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Old 10-13-08, 07:38 AM   #1
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Convert Long Cage RD to Short Cage.

Question:

I have one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/CAMPAGNOLO-VICTO...d=p3286.c0.m14

If I purchase one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Campagnolo-Victo...3286.m20.l1116

can I use it to convert the long cage derailleur to a short cage? Are there any issues I'll run into or additional parts I'll need?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 10-13-08, 07:40 AM   #2
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What do you hope to accomplish with the conversion?
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What do you hope to accomplish with the conversion?
Mostly just satisfaction of my curiosity.

I have a Bianchi I am restoring with a standard double. It came with a mix of Suntour and Campy parts. I want to use the Suntour parts on another project so I need a replacement rear derailleur and downtube braze-on shifters. I picked up a set of shifters and a long cage Victory RD this past weekend. Nothing wrong with it, but as I was installing it, I just wondered if it could be converted to a short cage.

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According to Sheldon Brown, there is no benefit to you for your conversion. Tried to look for the link, but I can't find it, although I am positive that's what I read.
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Question:

I have one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/CAMPAGNOLO-VICTO...d=p3286.c0.m14

If I purchase one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Campagnolo-Victo...3286.m20.l1116

can I use it to convert the long cage derailleur to a short cage? Are there any issues I'll run into or additional parts I'll need?

Thanks for your help.

Dan
This is essentially a waste of money. It *may* shift a little crisper with the short cage but you lose the ability to run different gear ranges easily.
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Gentlemen,

I'm not planning on changing this derailleur. But, if for instance, I crash the bike on the drive side, could I rebuild the RD with the short cage kit?
As I said, it was something I was curious about. Nothing more.

That being said, my question still remains unanswered. Would that kit allow the long cage to become a short cage?

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Depending on your gearing range the short cage may not be able to adjust so you may loose some of your gear options. Likely in a pinch, for instance if you "crash the bike on the drive side, could I rebuild the RD with the short cage kit?". It might allow you to ride but with shifting restrictions.
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Depending on your gearing range the short cage may not be able to adjust so you may loose some of your gear options. Likely in a pinch, for instance if you "crash the bike on the drive side, could I rebuild the RD with the short cage kit?". It might allow you to ride but with shifting restrictions.
Thank you. Good to know.
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