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Can use Shimano FD-6700 with top pull cable?

Old 12-31-17, 09:02 AM
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Can use Shimano FD-6700 with top pull cable?

I'm replacing a top pull front derailleur on a Cx bike. I purchased a Shimano Ultegra FD-6700; however, when routed the from the top, the cable tightens as the lever moves but the derailleur does not swing.

The top rated comment on the Jenson USA product page says that some guy has used the Ultegra derailleur with both top & bottom pull configurations on his road and cx bike. This makes me believe it's possible but I just don't see how I should route the cable differently than straight in from the top.

Is it my cable routing the problem or have I been misled by the Jenson USA product page?

If it's me then how should I be routing the cable?

Thanks!
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Old 12-31-17, 09:24 AM
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If this is the one you bought then yeah, it's bottom-pull and you will need a pulley to reverse the direction of the cable. That top comment seems to be talking about some other derailleur, and then he says that the pictured one "will be considered a 'downswing type' derailleur."
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I dont see anything on the jenson page that suggests its a top pull FD(because it isnt). Jenson didnt mislead ypu and neither did the comments(based on the linked page in the other response).

Return the 6700fd and get a cx70 which is 10speed specific and top pull.

4 days ago i bought a brand new cx70 fd on ebay for $16.
https://m.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-FD-cx...=1796693795007
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You'd need an adapter like this, if the cable comes from above:



Link to Problem Solvers site:

https://problemsolversbike.com/produ..._clamp_-_17312
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I'm seeing CX-70 in top and bottom pull:
https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...24&category=71
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Ok. Got it.

It's apparent I didn't read that top Jenson USA comment carefully enough. I think I added words which were not there.

Do any of you know options besides the cx-70? A buddy mentioned one of the local LBS's has had several bikes in with bent cages and cx-70's.

Thanks again.
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SEAtrain, Considering where most CX70 FDs are used, I would expect some to be damaged.

You will need either the pulley adapter or the CX70.

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Originally Posted by SEAtrain View Post
Ok. Got it.

It's apparent I didn't read that top Jenson USA comment carefully enough. I think I added words which were not there.

Do any of you know options besides the cx-70? A buddy mentioned one of the local LBS's has had several bikes in with bent cages and cx-70's.

Thanks again.

CX riding is well known for being hard on equipment and the likelihood of shifting in bad moments (during competition, maybe with your buddy riding up the course and you're not) is great. I would be willing to bet that each of the bent cages reflect the rider and not the equipment. Andy
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In the 80's one bike design ran housing down from above, stopped on the actuating arm ,
and had the cable anchored to the frame at BB..

so housing pushed the derailleur , which moved just like if cable was pulling it down.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
In the 80's one bike design ran housing down from above, stopped on the actuating arm ,
and had the cable anchored to the frame at BB..

so housing pushed the derailleur , which moved just like if cable was pulling it down.
My '93 Trek 7000 MTB used that same cable routing/derailleur actuating system.
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