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Why cant I get this Rival FD perfect?

Old 06-21-09, 08:53 PM
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Why cant I get this Rival FD perfect?

Been trying to adjust my girlfriends 07 Rival FD for the past month and just cant get it right.

Mongoose Bosberg bike, 09 Rival crankset (compact)

When I adjust the outer throw just so it doesnt rub in the big ring, it wont smoothly shift up from small to big rings.... you have to be at least halfway through the cassette for the front derailleur to even get the chain up on the big ring.

However, if I try to loosen up that outer throw just a little bit, shifting from small to big works fine.... but then it will start throwing the chain right off the big ring.

I thought maybe it was cable tension, but increasing the tension didnt seem to help any with the shifting (from small up to big chainrings).... I didnt change the cables, but they dont seem kinked or gunked up.

Am I just destined to hear her tell me I need to work on it again until I can buy her some duraace? (never a shifting problem)
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have you checked the alignment of the fd relative to the chainrings? is it toed inboard or outboard at all, is it too high or too low?

those are what I'd check next.
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have you checked the alignment of the fd relative to the chainrings? is it toed inboard or outboard at all, is it too high or too low?

those are what I'd check first.
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Did set the high/low.... so there is about 3mm clearance between the top of the ring and the bottom lip of the derailler. Ill have to double check the toe in/toe out though.
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Originally Posted by milnerpt View Post
Did set the high/low.... so there is about 3mm clearance between the top of the ring and the bottom lip of the derailler. Ill have to double check the toe in/toe out though.
Errm... you should have a MAXIMUM of 2 mm and a minimum of about 0.5mm clearance between the bottom edge of the outer limb on your FD cage and the outer edge of the teeth on your large chainring when your FD is in the innermost position.
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As most professional bike-mechanics will tell you: The simplest and easiest way to adjust the FD is to start over. Reinstall the FD from start to finish. Trying to adjust a FD that's already been in use simply will fix one thing - then create another string of other problems. And this will drive you mad!

So follow the directions exactly from these two links:

https://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=75

and...

https://bicycletutor.com/adjust-front-derailer/

This should solve the problem.
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