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Old 08-14-08, 11:20 PM
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rear derailleur adjustment nightmare

I bought a new touring bike a couple of months ago (surly LHT), and I love everything about the bike except the shifting of gears in the back. It's got bar end shifters, a Shimno Deore XT derailleur and XT rear hub, which, as I'm given to understand, are reasonably good, but not top-end, components. The problem is that it's touchy as hell: I have to fiddle with the barrel adjuster at least once a week, and even when I have it adjusted so that all the gears shift okay, there's still a lot more chain noise than what I'd consider normal, even when I have it set to friction shifting (which I actually prefer). I had a cheap hybrid, with low-end components, before this, and the drive train was virtually silent, and I only had to adjust the derailleur maybe once a year, so I'm naturally a little irritated with my new situation. Can anyone out there tell me what the problem(s) might be?
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Old 08-14-08, 11:27 PM
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I think you should take it to the LBS and have them check the derailleur hanger alignment.
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Old 08-15-08, 12:30 AM
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bragi: nice sig, and well biked is right. I had a few times where no matter what I did the RD was funky and both times it was the hanger
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XT stuff is top of the line. There's only one level higher and most of us don't want to take out a mortgage on the house to buy it or feel that the small weight gains are worth the bling.

All of which is to say that if your XT parts are not working well then there IS an outside reason. Take it back to the shop as mentioned for starters and let them have a look at it. If it keeps fussing around then it'll be time to figure this thing out or find a better shop.
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Old 08-15-08, 04:22 AM
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^^^^ Agree with that. There should be no problems with XT as you can't do better. Take it back.
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