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    6sp Front Deraileurs vs 10sp for shimano?

    as per subject, I know the chain widths have obviously changed, but has spring tension or cable pull rate changed on these?

    I am running an older shimano 105 FD with campy levers and it requires about 4 clicks to get into the small ring (one sweep of the thumb button), but to shift up to the big ring, its closer to 6 clicks.......... which means almost 2 complete swings of the shift lever..

    If the pull rate decreases with new FD's would it help? ideally I'd like only 4-5 clicks for either shift..

    I know i can just get a new campy FD, but many say that the shimano stuff works better?

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    It's not just the pull ratio. Nine and 10-speed front derailleurs have narrower cages and different shaped cage plates to go along with their narrower chains and chainring spacing.

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    Yeah, cage width was my first thought.

    Are you saying that you have a 6-speed 105 FD? It would help to know more about what you've got. It sounds like you have a double crankset. The difference in chainring sizes can also effect how quickly and smoothly you can shift.

    My Campy 10-speed double shifts up or down with 3 clicks.

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