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    What order when doing new build?

    I've built up only one road bike frame, and I'm now doing another one. I just want to make sure I'm setting up the parts in right order. Components are Campy ten speed. The cables are threaded in the housing, the derailleurs are bolted on but not adjusted, and I have a new chain.

    1. attach cables at derailleurs
    2. install chain
    3. adjust front derailleur
    4. adjust read derailleur
    5. fine tune

    Is that correct, or is there a better order? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dake13 View Post
    I've built up only one road bike frame, and I'm now doing another one. I just want to make sure I'm setting up the parts in right order. Components are Campy ten speed. The cables are threaded in the housing, the derailleurs are bolted on but not adjusted, and I have a new chain.

    1. attach cables at derailleurs
    2. install chain
    3. adjust front derailleur
    4. adjust read derailleur
    5. fine tune

    Is that correct, or is there a better order? Thanks.
    That's about it. It really doesn't matter what order you adjust the front and rear. Nor does it matter if you install the chain first and then the cables. 3a (and 4a) are set the limit screws for the derailers. This is about the only time you should need to mess with them. Once set, they shouldn't go out of adjustment.
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    The order I recommend is:

    1. Install chain
    2. Set both derailleur's limit screws by manually shifting both derailleurs to their stops while turning the crank by hand.
    3. Attach cables to the derailleurs
    4. Adjust front derailleur roughly
    5. Adjust rear derailleur
    6. Refine front derailleur setting

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    Thanks a lot. It was the kind of thing that, the more I thought about it, the less I could figure out what was 'right.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    That's about it. It really doesn't matter what order you adjust the front and rear.
    I disagree, at least to a point.

    I always do the brakes first because it's handy to be able to stop the rear wheel with the brake while I'm adjusting the rear derailleur.

    I always adjust the rear derailleur first because it makes it easier to move the chain from the smallest cog to the biggest cog so that I can line up the derailleur cage with the chain angle.

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