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Old 07-31-15, 07:38 PM
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shimano m700 rear derailleur for touring?

Does anybody use these on a touring bike?

Im rebuilding my Bridgestone T500 to use for some over night camping and since i have 2 sets of these i wanted to try them out.

How do they shift under load?
Not too heavy of a load.

How do they compare to the cyclone?
I had a M II and it shfited fine. Never tried it under a load though.

Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks.
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Old 07-31-15, 07:52 PM
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One of these?
Shimano Deore XT derailleur (M700 1st style)

I can't see how you'd go wrong.

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Old 07-31-15, 08:20 PM
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Yes thats the one.

I know its suppose to be a good derailleur but wanted to know how it compared to the cyclone and peoples experience using it for touring
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My heart has always been in the Sun Tour camp, but its really an emotional thing. SunTour was the innovator, and the underdog smaller company. Shimano, at the time, was 10X bigger.

The Deerhead was, and is a fine derailleur. So is my Cyclone GT (1st generation). I had a M700 on a mountain bike, it shifted just fine, and the trails of Marin County and Mt. Diablo are at least as hard on shifting as loaded touring.

As a mechanic in a shop when both derailleurs came out, the touring crowd went with Cyclone, the mountain bike crowd with Shimano. If you flipped it around, I don't think it would matter much.

If you've got an M700, bolt it on, cable it up, adjust, and ride. Then you can come back and tell us your experience.
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I'm with gugie, I was a big suntour fan back in the day but I'd tour on that Shimano derailleur in a heartbeat. I'm building up a touring bike as we speak with suntour xc sport derailleurs.
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I know the best way to find out is to build it and find out but im going to be taking my time on this build due to money so i thought id ask for some opinions in the meantime.

It really is a nice derailleur. My diamondback apex had one and it shifted great but i always rode on smooth roads

Ive always wanted a first gen. Cyclone so i guess thats what is making it so hard to decide.
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I'm with gugie, I was a big suntour fan back in the day but I'd tour on that Shimano derailleur in a heartbeat. I'm building up a touring bike as we speak with suntour xc sport derailleurs.
Another fine and underated derailleur. 1st gen Cyclone and Deerhead Shimanos seem to go for a premium.
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