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Old 04-06-14, 06:15 PM   #1
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Replacing Raleigh Rear Derailleur

Hi, I have a Raleigh 6061, and I need to replace the rear derailleur, so I was looking for the parts I need but I can't seem to find an Raleigh derailleurs. So, I was just wondering if someone could suggest a part for me.
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Raleigh didn't make that derailleur, someone else did. All the bike manufacturers bought from the same handful of suppliers, that made parts for everyone. In this case, Raleigh may not have made the frame either. Doubt the model is a 6061, that's just the grade of aluminum used on the frame. Without knowing whether your bike is a mtb, road bike, or whatever (all had 6061 aluminum frames at one point), I don't have a recommendation. But a bike shop should be able to find you an inexpensive derailleur that will work just fine on the bike, or if you have a co-op in your area, you can find something used for even less.
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Need more info.

A close-up picture of the current rear derailleur would help. And maybe some pics of the bike in general including shifters.
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Raleigh never made derailleurs. Or most other parts for that matter (since the heyday years of 3-speeds). Your frame was made by Raleigh, and stock components made by others were attached.

If you post some particylars, such as year of production and how many speeds in back, people here can point you in the right direction.
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Ok, thanks, I'll try to get some pictures.
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Ok, after taking another look at it again, my bike model is the serengeti, and the name on the rear derailleur is the shimano tourney. What would you recommend I replace this with?

EDIT: More info
21 - speed, 7 rear gears

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. . . the name on the rear derailleur is the shimano tourney. What would you recommend I replace this with?
With a Shimano Tourney.
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We're getting somewhere now and almost have enough info to make a recommendation. This is a mountain bike? How many gears are there on the rear wheel?
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With a Shimano Tourney.
I just wondered if, it would be recommended to replace with something else, if not, ok. Thanks I appreciate the help.
There are 7 gears.
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Just about any Shimano mountain bike derailleur designed for fewer than 10 speeds (on the rear wheel) should work. Tourney is their entry-level line, but they generally work fine. Shimano's Acera and Altus lines are similarly priced and should work, too.

Does your derailleur have a "claw"? In other words, does the rear wheel's axle hold the derailleur in place, or does the derailleur screw into its own tab on the frame? If your current derailleur has a claw, you may want to pick up a replacement that also has one.

Once you have a replacement, you'll need to install and tune it. Check out the tutorial on the Park Tool web site for help:
Park Tool Co. » ParkTool Blog » Rear Derailler Adjustments (derailleur)

...or just drop by your local bike shop. They'd probably be happy to help you pick out a compatible derailleur, sell it to you, and even install it if you so choose. Until you get to the higher end models, derailleurs are generally pretty inexpensive, so unless your bike shop is gouging you, you won't save a huge sum of money by buying it online. Where you could save some money is the installation if you're capable of doing the work yourself. Some shops are good when it comes to labor price and turnaround time and others not so much.
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Thank you very much, I will be sure to come back if I have any other questions
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A Long Long time ago while they still made their bikes in Nottingham England they May have made are really big order

with a company that already made derailleurs and they got them to make one part of their derailleur branded for their customer..



but that bike would be steel and over 50 years old ..
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Per SkyDog's post: The "Claw" is the silver metal tab that connects the derailleur to the frame. It is needed because some frames do not have a hole to mount the derailleur, so the claw proves the mounting spot.
The small Phillips screw (and hidden nut) hold the claw in place when the wheel is removed.

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