I did a couple searches and did not find the answers I was looking for. I own an older K2 4000 Proflex dual suspension MTB. It is mostly stock except new tires, pads, cables. The front derailleur cage has what appears to be an excessive amount of play in it. Even with adjustments the derailleur does not easily switch between cogs, particularly the middle to large cog. If there is a way to tighten the front derailleur cage I am all ears. I believe I need a replacement and would like your guys advice. Above bike has a Shimano Deore XT bottom pull/31.8 mm clamp on type front derailleur. Rear cogs are 9 speed, 11-32 teeth, front crank set is a 3 ring 22/32/44 teeth.
Looking for a compatible replacement. Thank you in advance for your answers.