Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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The only advantages of a clamp on FD vs. a braze-on with adapter are weight, lower cost, and a clean line cosmetically. On the flip side braze +adapter has a bit more adjustability, and can be transferred to another bike with different diameter tubing for only the cost of a band.
I think that it it weren't for OEM demand for clamp-ons, the factories would make only braze-ons and sell bands greatly simplifying their manufacturing processes. 4 models of FDs + 3 bands vs. 12 permutations of FDs.
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