front dérailleur conundrum
so, I built up a custom hybrid using a funky taiwan steel frame, and 700c wheels, using a 7 speed wide range freewheel in back (Acera dérailleur) and a FSA compact road 50/34 double ring in front (a used shimano 105 I scrounged). Since I'm using friction shifters (vintage Suntour thumb shifters rock!), all was good, especially after I added 2mm spacers to the small ring so the chain wasn't hitting the big ring when crossed...
I decided that frame was too small, and scored a late 90s Specialized Crossroads in "M"(18) which is just about perfect... swapped all my parts onto it...
catch-22, its rigged for a top pull front. For now, I'm using the crappy tin-can AceraX front triple derailleur with my double ring and its actually shifting OK but its kinda funky having that long cage hanging down...
so... questions... are there any
double front dérailleurs that are top pull? Do I have any other cheap options other than brazing cable mounts on the down tube (right now, all three cables are routed under the top tube, which is quite neat.
or, should I just go ahead and stick with a triple and maybe a nicer top pull triple front? I'll have to find a better crankset than the one that came on this frame, its one of those stamped steel riveted pieces of c#@& and weighs multiple pounds..
Last edited by pierce; 07-20-10 at 12:03 AM.
Reason: updated picture of new frame showing compact double crankset