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How much cable pull for an STI front derailleur?

Old 06-03-15, 02:19 PM
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How much cable pull for an STI front derailleur?

Mixing and matching stuff is harder than I expected. I bought a used Tiagra 3x9 drivetrain (just shifters and derailleurs). The seat tube clamp diameter was too big, so rather than shim it, I used an Ultegra front derailleur I had on hand. The shifter doesn't pull nearly enough cable. It can't even shift from one chainring to the next when I go from the loosest setting to the tightest setting on the shifter.

Is there a chart of how much cable each shifter pulls and how much each derailleur requires for each shift?

For the time being, I'm using a downtube shifter for the front derailleur. I'll also try shimming the Tiagra front derailleur, but to do that, I'll have to find where I tossed it. Somewhere dumb, apparently.


@Dan Burkhart, I know you built a cable pull measuring machine, but I don't suppose you've measured many shifters or derailleurs with it.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Mixing and matching stuff is harder than I expected. I bought a used Tiagra 3x9 drivetrain (just shifters and derailleurs). The seat tube clamp diameter was too big, so rather than shim it, I used an Ultegra front derailleur I had on hand. The shifter doesn't pull nearly enough cable. It can't even shift from one chainring to the next when I go from the loosest setting to the tightest setting on the shifter.

Is there a chart of how much cable each shifter pulls and how much each derailleur requires for each shift?

For the time being, I'm using a downtube shifter for the front derailleur. I'll also try shimming the Tiagra front derailleur, but to do that, I'll have to find where I tossed it. Somewhere dumb, apparently.


@Dan Burkhart, I know you built a cable pull measuring machine, but I don't suppose you've measured many shifters or derailleurs with it.
Hi Tom.
The main reason I built it was to answer questions about mixing and matching shifters for gearhubs. Mostly, it's just served to prove mixing and matching rarely if ever works.
some day, when I run out of other stuff to do, I'll get serious about using it to create a database,
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8,9 or 10 Ultegra should work with your 9 Tiagra. Do you have the cable routed correctly over the retaining bolt?
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8,9 or 10 Ultegra should work with your 9 Tiagra. Do you have the cable routed correctly over the retaining bolt?
I'll check. Thank you, and thank you, [MENTION=19437]Dan Burkhart[/MENTION].
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Originally Posted by noglider
Mixing and matching stuff is harder than I expected. I bought a used Tiagra 3x9 drivetrain (just shifters and derailleurs). The seat tube clamp diameter was too big, so rather than shim it, I used an Ultegra front derailleur I had on hand. The shifter doesn't pull nearly enough cable. It can't even shift from one chainring to the next when I go from the loosest setting to the tightest setting on the shifter.
One guess is that the Ultegra derailleur is for doubles only. What's the part number on it?
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Can you measure the distance the cable anchor bolt swings as it moves from the 2 limits of the stroke as the screws settings allow,

on the actuating arm of the FD itself?

sharpie marks on the seat tube...
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One guess is that the Ultegra derailleur is for doubles only. What's the part number on it?
Another good question. I'll be able to look on Saturday morning.
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Can you measure the distance the cable anchor bolt swings as it moves from the 2 limits of the stroke as the screws settings allow,

on the actuating arm of the FD itself?

sharpie marks on the seat tube...
That might be worth pursuing. But I think the best solution might be to find the FD and shim it onto the seat tube.
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Oversize seat tube band clamps on a standard Diameter seat tube would let the FD swing further inward, as the FD itself

is able to be mounted further outboard , relative to the frame.
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Now, I'm not qualified to offer much advice, except to say that I'd be very much surprised if 4500 Tiagra had a different pull ratio than 6500 Ultegra. I have 9-speed ST-R600 shifters (these replaced ST-6503 on my bike) combined with a 9-speed 105 triple (FD-5603) front changer and the combination works as though intended that way. I guess, my uneducated hunch, I'd have to say, "It should work."
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