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Old 02-03-03, 11:26 PM
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BikerRyan
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In my experience the longer cage derailleur always pays off in the end. Somewhere down the road you may decide to change that gearing and then the short cage will fall on its face. I personally feel that that extra half inch of derailleur cage is not a huge disadvantage in clearing logs and such. If you are going to wreck a derailleur you are going to wreck it no matter how long or short it is. The medium cage derailleurs are better suited to double cranks up front like on cyclocross bikes. As for the price you gotta ask yourself what is worth more to you - the extra 40 bucks which gets knocked to about 25 (maybe less if the shop hoses you for buying online) once you get it installed, or being able to get it warrantied by your local shop when something goes wrong with it, not to mention getting it installed free.

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