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Old 02-15-07, 11:00 AM   #1
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Help with finding a better rear derailleur

I ride a Diamondback XTS '06 bike, and recently I busted my rear derailleur (Shimano LX) on one of my daily rides. Thankfully the warranty covered the damages and are sending me a replacement, but I was thinking about getting a stronger derailleur. One that can take a little more beating, because this one seemed to fall apart fairly easily.

If anyone could give out some advice on which derailleur would be a good purchase (something in a reasonable price range) would be helpful.

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Old 02-15-07, 11:24 AM   #2
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Ask Shimano to send you a replacement XT instead of the LX.
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Old 02-15-07, 11:37 AM   #3
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If you're getting a new lx for free from shimano I vote ride the crap out of that one. LX is a very decent derailler. Unless you just have some $$ to spare. (or unless you can get Shimano to send the upgrade for a bit of difference).
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Unfortunately all derailleurs break under about the same force. It doesn't really matter how much you pay for it. Just out of curiousity how did yours break? It's rare for a broken derailleur to be covered under warranty.
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He was JRA and the derailleur spontaneously exploded.
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Ask Shimano to send you a replacement XT instead of the LX.
why would they do that?
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Shimano LX is the reasonably priced choice.

I broke an LX rear derailer recently when a large stick hit the cage, cracking it. I was still able to complete my ride, but I couldn't shift into the largest cog. That derailer was 6 or 7 years old. I replaced it with another LX derailer for $30. It's not the lightest or coolest, but for $30, you can afford to replace it yearly if necessary.

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If you think this will be a common occurrence check out a short cage or a road RD, such as the Shimano Ultegra or the Shimano 105.
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I was just wondering whats the difference in short cages and long cages?
Besides the length!
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That's pretty much it and a bit less weight. Theoretically you get slightly better shifting, but I never noticed a difference. Besides, I use an 11-32 cluster and short cage derailers only go up to 28th in the rear.

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I was just wondering whats the difference in short cages and long cages?
Besides the length!
http://www.beyondbikes.com/bb/tech/?section=rdr
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You could always use a rear der guard. Wont stop everything, but doesnt hurt.

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Saint derailers take a beating. My friend runs them, still on his first one and he has burst his kidney, taco'd wheels major casses/road burn, tree hits and it still shifts smoothly (and it is 3 years old). Get them if you can afford them. Or you can run deore, which are dirt cheap (so easily replaceable) but still shift really nice (I actually can't tell a difference between them and my xts, when I had them).
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