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Old 01-29-17, 08:56 AM
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Derailleur adjustment question - no barrel adjuster in front

Any tips on setting up a front derailleur with no way of adjusting tension? There is no barrel adjuster that I can see. Derailleur is a Shimano Z-204GS on a 1986 Bridgestone MB-2. Also, I can't figure out for the life of me how to clamp the cable to the derailleur nut. (Pics to follow).
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Old 01-29-17, 09:04 AM
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I would get an inline cable adjuster.



Not sure what shifters you have but if they're friction you don't need to adjust the cable tension. Just set the limit screws and pull the cable so there is no slack in it.
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Is the front shifting friction? If so, there is no need for precise initial tension since the shifter lever can take up a small amount of slack. If you really need to be able to adjust the tension, there are in-line cable adjusters that work well. Here is one source:
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As to clamping the cable, it's usually very straightforward but I don't know your actual setup. Pictures will be needed.
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+1 on Facanh's reply. Andy
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Is the front shifting friction? If so, there is no need for precise initial tension since the shifter lever can take up a small amount of slack. If you really need to be able to adjust the tension, there are in-line cable adjusters that work well. Here is one source:
Nashbar - Welcome!

As to clamping the cable, it's usually very straightforward but I don't know your actual setup. Pictures will be needed.
+2
This FDER is designed for friction shifting.
If you are trying to use indexed shifting, get the correct FDER.
Here's a similar model
VeloBase.com - Component: Shimano FD-Z202-HS, Z-Series
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The purpose of a barrel adjuster for a front derailleur such as this one (non-indexed) is only to remove slack while the derailleur is in its resting position. That slack is harmless. If it bothers you, detach the cable, screw in the inner limit screw slightly, reattach the cable, and then back out the limit screw to where it was. This will use the return spring to take up the slack. But it works only if you succeed in getting the front derailleur in the proper resting position, so it may take trial and error.
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