Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Shanghai, China
Bikes: 1995 Kestrel 4000; 2013 True North Touring; 1989 Miele Tivoli; 1979 Colnago Sport
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Seat Tube Slightly Too Big for FD Clamp
I'm building up a new custom frame with a 28.6mm seat tube. My 28.6mm front derailleur clamp is slightly too small to fit on the tube. I measured the seat tube diameter with a piece of paper and a calculator, and it is 29.5mm. I assume this is due to the double layer paint on the frame. The 1mm difference is quite large and I'm not going to risk crushing the frame. Has anyone encountered this issue before and what is the best solution? Should I file the FD clamp or get the next size up and shim down? Thanks.
Edit: The seat tube is True Temper OX Platinum with a wall thickness of 0.4mm. I filed the clamp. It took over an hour and installed fine; the amount of material I had to remove was significant. No way I was risking a $3200 frame for a $15 front derailleur. No, I did not just file a 28.6mm clamp to fit on a 31.8mm seat tube. It's a custom frame and I spec'd the tubing myself. The seat tube is 28.6mm. To Xenologer below: the FD came off of a Surly Cross Check that got run over by a car. The Surly was a 2009 and the FD fit it's seat tube with no strain whatsoever. Perhaps your year had thicker paint.
Last edited by Yan; 11-25-12 at 10:54 AM.