Old 05-22-11, 10:50 AM
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Best Rear Derailleur For a 21 Speed Bike?

What is the absolute best rear derailleur one can purchase for a 21 speed bike with Shimano trigger shifters?

My Electra Townie 21 came with Tourney, which did not downshift well. The guy at my LBS said Alivio was basically the only other option, which I bought, but it's noisy as hell. LBS guy claims that you can't install an 8-10 speed derailleur on a 21 speed bike, but I have read bike mags that say it's possible. Same guy said I couldn't put a stiffer crank on the bike, but I did, so I'm wondering if I should find a new bike shop.

Basically, I am just wanting the best shifting and quietest rear derailleur I can find (I can spend about $300-400 on something really nice).


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