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Updating/Replacing a Shimano C201 RD

Old 10-08-16, 08:18 AM
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Updating/Replacing a Shimano C201 RD


My pub/commuting bile is Kona Hoo-Ha that is around 16 years old and the rear Shimano C201 derailleur is getting to the point where it needs replacing (at least one spring has stopped springing).

I have an 8-speed Shimano cassette (about a year or two old) with the largest sprocket of 30 teeth.

The front crank/chainset has three chain rings but I removed the (corroded and non-functioning) FD a while back. I keep the chain on the middle chain-ring - though I occasionally have to manually move it back when it slips on to the small one. Yes, should have left the FD in place!

I currently have the original combined brake & grip-shift changer which is also C201.

I would like to fit a new rear derailleur and then, maybe, eventually upgrade other components on my bike but for now just change the old rear derailleur for a new one that works properly. I don't mind getting a new shifter though I may then need to think about new brake levers too and so on and so on...

What I don't know is what to buy. I don't know whether it matters whether I buy a road or a MTB derailleur or what would offer me a good price/quality balance.

The bike is used most days but I rarely travel more than a couple of miles on urban roads on it. Where I live is very flat.

Please could a kind person recommend me one or two rear derailleurs that would do the job and let me cycle again without crunching and slipping all over the place.

Thanks in advance.
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If you're picky about the index numbers on your shifter matching the rear gear that you're in, you'll probably be happiest with a rapid rise mountain bike rear derailleur.

Cheapest possible - hang a Tourney rear derailleur on it. It'll still be significantly more satisfying than what you're used to.
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Any Shimano 8 or 9 speed spec rear der, ATB versions will have more then enough chain wrap and max cog capacity, will work. I suggest not choosing a Rapid Rise, we see more shifting issues with them then top normal ones, given the few Rapid Rise that are still in the field. Andy
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This should work fine-
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Thanks all. Yes the Rapid Rise has been a pain when I have been trying to get them to shift smoothly. I'll take the plunge and see if I am able to change it without screwing things up more than they are already...
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