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Old 06-17-07, 07:01 PM
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Durable Front Derailleur

The front Tiagra derailleur is dying on my Surly Cross Check commuter. I'm looking to buy a new one. I'm willing to pay significantly more for durability, easy adjustments, and reliably smooth shifting, but I'm not willing to pay a penny more to save weight.

I ride rear-round, including 0F and snow and ice conditions in winter and 90+ heat in summer. I have a 9 spd/dual crank with a bar end friction shifter for the front.

What do you suggest?

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Old 06-17-07, 07:34 PM
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How does a FD die? Is the cage getting eaten up? But for the price the 105 level is a good one, or whatever you can find on sale. I stole an almost new Record 10 FD on ebay for $15.
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Old 06-18-07, 02:36 AM
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One of the limit screws barely adjusts at all anymore.
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Originally Posted by Daily Commute
One of the limit screws barely adjusts at all anymore.
Unless you change the crank or bb length, limit screws tend to be set-once-and-forget. Why is it necessary to adjust them?
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Old 06-18-07, 06:45 AM
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+1, especially on a friction shift double? I have trouble with my triple, but I'm having a hard time envisioning why you would have any issues with a non-indexing double. I would think you could slap anything on there and it would work fairly well.
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Unless you change the crank or bb length, limit screws tend to be set-once-and-forget. Why is it necessary to adjust them?
Because after working just fine for weeks or months, the chain starts to fall off the gears when I shift. This is part of why I think my derailleur is dying.

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+1, especially on a friction shift double? I have trouble with my triple, but I'm having a hard time envisioning why you would have any issues with a non-indexing double. I would think you could slap anything on there and it would work fairly well.
That's part of my question. What's worth paying for.

One thing I should have put in the original post, is that easy-lubing/cleaning of the parts would be helpful. Current ones tend to get stuck a lot in winter, even more than my rear indexed derailleur. I understand that you can take Campy stuff apart, clean it, and put it back together.

I've taken apart and cleaned a lot of things on my bike, but I've never thought I could do anything with the front derailleur.
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Originally Posted by Daily Commute
I understand that you can take Campy stuff apart, clean it, and put it back together.
Maybe at one time and many years ago but current Campy front derailleurs are riveted together and non-maintainable just like Shimanos. My Chorus 10-speed fd doesn't look any more repairable than my 105.
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The 105 is an excellent choice for a FD, and it's not expensive.
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I've never ever had a FD go on me. I've got some that I've been using 10 yrs +

You could just put new screws in for the limit adjustments.
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