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Old 10-22-13, 07:54 AM
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Your front derailer breaking is rare. I don't think I've ever had one break, but the pivots can wear out over time, and the cage plates can get worn down if you ride in gear combos that rub. Did you possibly jam the chain in there really bad?

If going to a triple, you will definitely want a triple FD. Since yours is broken now would be a good time to replace it. Go with Sora/Tiagra/105, whichever you want, there shouldn't be any significant differences between them. I would try to find a 9-speed which is a wider cage and have less tendency to rub.
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