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Old 05-22-15, 07:40 PM
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RANS Tailwind front derailleur question.

I have a 2001 tailwind, the red one with the 2 inch main tube. The front derailleur (shimano soro)'s spring broke. The local bike shop replaced it with a Claris, but It has not shifted correctly since.I took it back, and a guy other than that one that installed it, told me that the new front derailleur was a road bike derailleur, and it didn't take as much movement of the shifter to move it over to another ring. He readjusted it as good as he could, but now it wont go to the large ring without a lot of effort, then it sometimes goes over the ring and the chain comes off. My question is, what brand and model front derailleur is approipriate for the 2001 Tailwind. Do you think if I got the proper one, it would make a difference. I am about to put new sram shifters on the bike, if that matters, and it has a sram rear derailleur.

Thanks for your help.
Bill

P. S. Where can I find a chainring guard for a 62T chainring?
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Your old Sora was a "road" der also.
It appears Claris comes in multiple versions. For doubles, one for a 50T ring and one for a 46T ring. (largest)
For triples, 50T largest.
IF you have a 62T ring, one would be better off studying the Shimano catalog to see what might be most appropriate.
It appears there are versions of the 5700 & 6700 (B & F suffix) that have a max of 56T. (double)
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Maybe a crazy idea: have the shop fix it or refund?
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The problem with the shop idea is that I am replacing the shifters that were on the bike when they put on the new derailleur. They won't install my shifters because I didn't buy them from their shop. So, If I get them to fix it, then change my shifters, I'll be back to where I started possibly. If I change my shifters, then take it back to them, they will blame the problem on the new shifters.

I have learned from dealing with all this. Next time, I'm driving the 200 miles trip to a Certified RANS dealer and getting it done right the first time.
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Originally Posted by bicyclebill1 View Post
The problem with the shop idea is that I am replacing the shifters that were on the bike when they put on the new derailleur. They won't install my shifters because I didn't buy them from their shop. So, If I get them to fix it, then change my shifters, I'll be back to where I started possibly. If I change my shifters, then take it back to them, they will blame the problem on the new shifters.

I have learned from dealing with all this. Next time, I'm driving the 200 miles trip to a Certified RANS dealer and getting it done right the first time.
Another lesson might be to but the parts from the shop. But I can understand why you didn't want to do that. Claris stuff isn't up to the same snuff as better levels of parts. Shimano's trickle down design/features manor has past by some of the Claris products in our shop's opinion. Still if properly matched up spec wise and well adjusted then used with the skill usually lacking in a new bike buyer (yes, that's not the OP's situation...) it will shift well enough. But when any of these aspect are not present that Claris suffers far more then many of the other levels. Andy.
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