Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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Good on ya for hiking it to the top!
Was it a shifter cable guide that broke? (I'm going to guess "yes" since you hiked it to the top and rode down, and probably wouldn't do that with a bum brake!)
A front der. will naturally swing to the smallest ring without any tension, so you'd be OK there. The issue become the rear der. which unless you have one of those new "bottom normal" getups, a slack der. cable will natually swing to the smallest cog.
The rando solution is to get in there with your philips head screwdriver and fart around with your high-adjust screw, and force that puppy into the middle of your cassette so you can still ride. If it's not the chainstay cable stop which is broken, another option is to snip the cable at the top and pull it from the stops all the way to the chainstay stop. Lean the bike on the non-drive side, use your foot to hold the derailleur at the largest cog, pull the cable tight and tie a knot in that sucker close to the stop. You can then use the high/low-adjust screws to center everything up right. Snip the remainder of the cable and you're set; you can maybe even 2-speed it with the inner and middle rings up front.
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