Hello. New guy here. I've been coming here every time I have questions and all have been answered by looking around first. So I want to thank all of you first.
This time however, I can't seem to find what I'm looking for.
Anyways, I have SRAM Apex on my cross bike. This past weekend on a race(Chiller Cross), my bike sucked in a twig through the pulleys, broke the hanger of the bike, and bent the cages on the derailleur. The whole derailleur itself seems to be working fine, but the cages are bent enough so that the pulleys aren't aligned. I removed the outer cage and bent it back in place using a vise, but I can't do the same with the inner cage. I can't hold the derailleur properly to be able to fold the cage back. That or I'm weak. I'm gonna go with the former.
Has anyone removed the cages off of a SRAM derailleur in the past? It looks like it's possible, but I don't want to force anything. I'm hoping I could remove it and have a better chance at fixing it that way.
Even better if I can replace it with carbon cages. I have a broken Rival RD that If I can, I'll salvage the cages off of that just for lightness sake.
The pragmatist in me wants to say that a new apex mid cage rear derailleur is $50 (short cage is a little cheaper) and by the time you buy the parts and spend the time you won't end up much ahead.
edit: oh it looks like you aren't buying new cages just replacing. Then never mind, might be fun to get the thing apart and see if you can fix it. But I have a feeling with the cages bent back it probably will never work quite as well as new.
I saw something recently about overhauling SRAM derailleurs; I think you need to remove a setscrew or something that stops the spring unwinding, then as you turn the cage de-tensioning the spring it can come free at one point in its rotation due to a D-shaped retainer inside the pivot.
At least that's the story for one variety of SRAM RD.