Don from Austin Texas
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin, Texas
Bikes: Schwinn S25 "department store crap" FS MTB, home-made CF 26" hybrid, CF road bike with straight bar, various wierd frankenbikes
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Road bike triple front derailleur help
OK, I just bought and assembled a Dawes Lightning DX road bike. I am aware its not top of the line, but for my purposes -- I am primarily a hybrid rider -- it suits my needs fine except for the front shifting. It has Microshift brifters with 5 half-steps for the front chainrings. The front rings are 52, 42, 30. The derailleur it came with was crap, not even laid out right with the cable stretched and binding across the body of the unit. I put a Shimano Deore on that I had lying around which might even be a MTB piece for all I know.
Its a lot better but its not good. What I need a recommendation for is a 1 1/4" post mounting, bottom pull, 52, 42, 30 Microshift compatible unit. I don't mind spending a little money. I figured when I bought the bike I would want to change something on it. Hell, I have changed things on all my bikes from the Cannondale to the pawnshop Schwinn.
I don't think I need instruction in setting it up as I have three other bikes plus my wife's and my buddy's, all of which I have had no problem tweaking the triple front shifters on. The Schwinn MTB that sold new for about $189 I have set up to shift flawlessly front and rear -- even at maximum cross-chain.
Thanks...Don in Austin