aka Phil Jungels
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
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If you do a really good job of cleaning up that Alivio, and oiling it well, you might be very surprised at it's smooth shifting capabilities. When I clean and lube my grandchildrens Alivio stuff, it works like a dream....
Clean the cables real well, and oil them lightly - as many shifting problems can be traced back to poor cable movement. If questionable, replace them - they're cheap.
Nothing like something working properly - and helped considerably by good lubrication.
Much, much, cheaper than replacing a part that still works well. When it's worn out, and can't be adjusted properly, is the time to upgrade.
p.s. don't forget to clean and oil the chain, while you are doing the derailleurs. A clean, oiled, and smooth running chain, can have a significant impact on shifting .....