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Old 12-01-11, 09:30 PM   #1
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Tuning a Ultegra FD for a bike with SRAM Red

I replaced my SRAM Red FD with a Ultegra 6700 FD. The Ultegra FD has a more narrow spacing between the inner and outer cage plates, perhaps because Shimano shifters have trim shift position. I could not adjust the 6700 FD such that I could use the small chainring with the 13, 12, or 11 tooth. I "tuned" the Ultegra by bowing the outer plate a bit, now I can use the 13 and the 12 with the small chain ring. I put the handle end of a 12 inch Cresent wrench between the plates and then twisted a bit to add a bit of bow to the outer plate just where the chain is when on the 13 or 12. Now the front shifts as well as the back.
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Old 12-01-11, 10:06 PM   #2
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Seems to me like a lot of trouble to go to so that you can ride cross-chained.
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Old 12-01-11, 10:32 PM   #3
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You shouldn't use those combinations anyway, especially the small ring and the 11T. You'll wear out your narrow 10S chain even more rapidly.
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You shouldn't use those combinations anyway, especially the small ring and the 11T. You'll wear out your narrow 10S chain even more rapidly.
+1. Great way to lighten your wallet a bit quicker. Plus it feels horrible, not what you want from a Red drivetrain.
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I never use the 34 with the 11T or 12T. Before I tweaked the cage I could not use the 34 with the 14T or the 13T...
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