SRAM Apex shifter / 105 FD - can't get it dialed in
Today I swapped out the SRAM Apex front derailler on my wife's bike for a Shimano 105 FD. Should be fully compatible I"m told. The problem with the Apex FD was trouble getting it to shift from the big to small ring.
I'm having trouble getting this new setup right. I'm going about it the same way I do with my bike with 105 shifter/FD (triple).
Shift into big cog in back, small ring in front, loosen the FD cable, adjust the stop, tighten the cable, shift through the gears in back and into the big ring in front, set the stop on the front.
Bike seems to shift ok on the stand (except it requires a lot of force to go from small to big ring). But when I get out on the road and try to go through the gears / rings to see if everything seems good is when I run into problems. The latest try, I couldn't' even shift from the small to big ring -- even though I had just done it fine on the stand.
I feel like I must be doing something basic wrong. Is there something different about SRAM shifters that I don't know (in terms of setting up the derailler/shifting?). I'm going to give it another try in the morning - but if it doesn't' work I'll have to take it to the shop. Very frustrating.
And - is it normal with Apex front shifters to require a LOT of force to go from small to big ring?