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Old 10-30-10, 05:15 PM
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Derailleur help (update) please forgive me

Well, I went down to the LBS and as I thought the derailleur got bent

Now this is where I need to be forgiven.... They had a new Shimano Tiagra derailleur in stock for $25.00 so I bought it and drove home and put in on No more skipping and it shifts better than ever I know it's not vintage but I really want to ride and the way it shifts I'm glad I bought it. Did I do a bd thing?



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Old 10-30-10, 05:18 PM
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I have a very similar derailleur on my Bianchi Project 7, and I concur, the shifting is great. As to looks, it's silver and pretty understated so I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 10-30-10, 05:58 PM
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Looks fine to me - I use a Sora (similar style mech) on builds until I can find another Suntour VX-GT
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Old 10-31-10, 05:47 AM
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If you take some metal polish to the logo on the derailleur, it will disappear and just look shiny, and relatively C&V.
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Old 10-31-10, 06:43 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it. I used to run a new Ultegra on my Franklin. Shifted so much better than any of the older second hand stuff I used. The more important thing is that it shifts great and you'll have fun riding it.
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Old 10-31-10, 06:51 AM
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Stuff I ride a lot usually gets newer stuff. Somehow I have managed to collect a bunch of 105 derailleurs and use them on my riders. Its nice to beable to use period correct stuff but all show sometimes means no go.

Polish off the logos and go ride the tires off it.

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Old 10-31-10, 12:24 PM
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Did you do a bad thing?

Nope, you're riding aren't you?
Tiagra's are good quality, all's well.
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Old 10-31-10, 01:43 PM
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It looks fine. Its not some black fake-carbon fiber look monstrosity.
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Old 10-31-10, 06:36 PM
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That looks real nice. Educate me a bit please is that a 9 speed derailler that will work with my traditional 6 speed freewheel if so I will be looking for one. Thanks
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Any modern derailleur will work with a friction shifter. Many will work with a index shifter that was correct for the cluster as long as you are sticking with like brands. So that 9speed Tiagra with a 7 speed index down tube shifter would work more that likely. The reason being is Shimano stayed with pretty well the same fulcrum point on the derailleur through all those years. The exception is Durace. some of those there were differences in the needed cable travel for the throw.
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That looks real nice. Educate me a bit please is that a 9 speed derailler that will work with my traditional 6 speed freewheel if so I will be looking for one. Thanks
It should. Derailleurs don't care how many cogs are on the freewheel- it's the shift lever that does the indexing.

If your shifters are friction, you'll be fine. If the shifters and freewheel are Shimano, you'll be fine. If it's Suntour indexing, someone else will tell you if a Shimano derailleur will work.

The only possible issue is that a 9-speed derailleur's cage my be slightly narrower than the original 6-speed derailleur. You may experience some rubbing on the derailleur's side plates.
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Looks good to me, even with the black lettering. 25 dollars is a great price, especially considering that is what some battered C&V components are fetching.
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Originally Posted by skyrider View Post
That looks real nice. Educate me a bit please is that a 9 speed derailler that will work with my traditional 6 speed freewheel if so I will be looking for one. Thanks
Yes, this a 9 speed derailleur, and it will work with your 6 speed, and there is no chain rub in the cage area. I'm using an 8 speed Sram PC830 chain and all is well. I adjust the limit screws with the shift cable diconnected then hook up the cable, adjust cable and your good to go. The shifting is sooooooo much smoother and responsive than before.
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