Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Portland OR
Bikes: 61 Bianchi Specialissima 71 Peugeot G50 7? P'geot PX10 74 Raleigh GranSport 75 P'geot UO8 78? Raleigh Team Pro 82 P'geot PSV 86 P'geot PX 91 Bridgestone MB0 92 B'stone XO1 97 Rans VRex 92 Cannondale R1000 94 B'stone MB5 97 Vitus 997
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I recently went through this with a Vitus 992.
1 - Find someone with a derailleur hanger to sell, usually because they have a broken frame. Not likely at all if your bike model was made for only 1 year and the hanger is unique to that model.
2 - Find the closest match hanger that is available, and modify it to fit. Drill mounting holes in the correct place, file away some metal, etc.
3 - Get some aluminum plate and make a hanger by hand. Aluminum of 1/8" thickness (or whatever is the closest match) is fairly easy to cut with a jigsaw.
4 - Have a waterjet cutting place make a replacement hanger. You measure up the old hanger, draw it up in a CAD program, and they load the file in their machine and cut the piece.
I did #4. If that hadn't been an option, I'd have done #2. It doesn't have to be pretty. You just need these things to be correctly located: mounting holes, the notch for the axle, the hole for the derailleur, and the tab or hook that the derailleur's B screw sits on. Cut away whatever material inteferes with thr hanger fit in the frame. Derailleur hangers only cost $10 so it's not a big deal to buy one and try modifying it.