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Location: Springfield, IL
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front derailleur question - certain amount of speeds (8,9,10, etc...)?
I have an older, 6 speed road bike that has a broken front derailleur. It's a clamp on style Shimano, used on a double chainring.
Looking around I'm seeing front derailleurs say '8 speed', '9 speed', etc...
Would an '8 speed' front dr work with a 6 speed cassette? Doesn't really make any sense why they'd designate a certain speed for the front, when it's really only either a double or triple chain ring.... any help/explanation would be greatly appreciated! Is the cage on 8+ speed front derailleurs wider or something... but not as wide as a triple chain ring derailleur?