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Old 09-15-12, 10:04 PM   #1
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Weird Rear Derailleur position. What gives?!

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I got this Sora RD3400. I don't know what is it. But the pulley cage seems to be at an on angle. For the life of me, I can't figure out why the springs this forward. Can anyone tell me what is wrong? Do I need to tighten/loosen anything?



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Old 09-15-12, 10:08 PM   #2
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That's very strange. The fact that the chain is drooping off from the pulley tells me that chain tension is not holding it in place--that and the fact that it's in your smallest cog. Try rotating the cage back. Maybe it's caught on something.
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Old 09-15-12, 10:33 PM   #3
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There is a tab on the derailer body that the pin sticking out of the outer cage catches on that keeps it from doing that. My guess is that tab broke and caused the spring that tensions the cage to either break or come out of its seat.
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There is a tab on the derailer body that the pin sticking out of the outer cage catches on that keeps it from doing that. My guess is that tab broke and caused the spring that tensions the cage to either break or come out of its seat.
Wow. I am bummed if that is the case! Can you tell me how to check for this pin?
I can swing the cage back. But it keeps springing forward.
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Wow. I am bummed if that is the case! Can you tell me how to check for this pin?
I can swing the cage back. But it keeps springing forward.
Do you see the little pin on the derailleur cage just above where it pivots off the derailleur? As you swing it back look for a little knuckle on the derailleur that is probably pretty chewed up. You may be able to build something back up to act as a stop if that is the case and the cage tension feels normal when pulled back into place, but that is rarely the case. How old is the derailleur?
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It looks pretty new, Shimano does offer a 2 year warranty on everything below dura-ace and XTR so you may get lucky and have them replace it for free because the derailleur is likely shot but you may get lucky.
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Weird, my post reply disappeared.

Well you are right. I inspected the RD and indeed a piece of something as you described were sheared off. I thought these are made of metal! It is brand new. So I'm gonna start an RMA with the seller. Grr!!! I am so looking forward to ride tomorrow! Thanks chriskmurray.
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Are we talking about the tab that holds B angle adjustment screw?

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It's the derailleur cage return spring.



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The spring tab might have broken off.

Like what the previous poster said, return it to the shop for a replacement. The Sora RD is non-rebuildable.
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Weird, my post reply disappeared.

Well you are right. I inspected the RD and indeed a piece of something as you described were sheared off. I thought these are made of metal! It is brand new. So I'm gonna start an RMA with the seller. Grr!!! I am so looking forward to ride tomorrow! Thanks chriskmurray.
It is usually just soft aluminum and this piece really should not see much load at all unless it got hit in shipping so softer materials is usually not a problem. Since it is new, get the shop that sold you the bike to replace it. Glad I could be of some help.
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Your chain is not properly wrapped around the upper jockey wheel. google "rear derailleur" and look at the photos.
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Your chain is not properly wrapped around the upper jockey wheel. google "rear derailleur" and look at the photos.
Ah! I didn't notice that. OP, did you build your bike? If it came stock like that, somebody deserves to lose their job.

Edit: oops.

It is wrapped correctly. This is what my 105 5700 rd looks like (it's near parallel because it's in the big-big combo... I know, crosschaining is bad....)

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Your chain is not properly wrapped around the upper jockey wheel. google "rear derailleur" and look at the photos.
It is correctly threaded on the RD. The cage is stretched out because of loss of spring tension on the cage.
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Guess it is...Purchasing new glasses!
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Disassemble the lower pivot and inspect. I'd say 50/50 fixable/replacement.
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