Derailleur "skipping" WTF?
I had a small problem with my bike this week when my derailleur [SRAM x.7] cage ended up getting caught, in my rear sprocket, [chain broke
etc etc] well, I replaced the chain and now the thing skips whenever I pedal hard, making it hazardous to do so. [when I pedal hard on a lower sprocket the chain pushes past the jockey wheel and speeds past the sprocket whereas it would normally just get passed on smoothly]
A brief look showed that the jockey pulley on the derailleur isn't as close as it should be to the sprockets on the wheel [shouldn't the jockey's teeth be around 6mm-1cm away from the sprocket teeth? it's about twice that.]
I adjusted the screw on the derailleur that determines the distance between the jockey pulley and the sprocket and that worked for about 10 miles. I bought a SRAM x.9 thinking the derailleur's knuckle-spring had been stretched, moved or something else and I'm having the same problem with the brand new one too.
The hanger for the derailleur isn't bent or streched at all, the frame is in perfect shape, I'm at my wit's-end trying to figure this out.
The shifting is smooth as butter and it's not skipping gears, it only does this in the bottom three sprockets when I'm pedaling hard.
Any ideas of what else this could be?