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Old 03-27-18, 04:40 PM
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Nice bike!
Thanks! I think the drop bars suit the look of the swift, better than I expected they would.
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Old 04-22-18, 08:25 PM
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Broken Rear Derailleur Hanger

So my beloved Xootr Swift has suffered a broken rear derailleur hanger. Tried to fix it but I'm out of luck- its not repairable.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is one of the few customized parts and Xootr dont seem to list them anymore (I wrote to them so hoping they have a few left over).

Does anyone have any suggestions on alternatives- I am hoping that there is a similar design somewhere out there I can use?

If I cant get a replacement hanger then I think my only alternatives are to switch to a single speed, go for an IGH or retire the bike- and I am really hoping that is not the case!
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Old 04-23-18, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by fatsomatso View Post
Broken Rear Derailleur Hanger

So my beloved Xootr Swift has suffered a broken rear derailleur hanger. Tried to fix it but I'm out of luck- its not repairable.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is one of the few customized parts and Xootr dont seem to list them anymore (I wrote to them so hoping they have a few left over).

Does anyone have any suggestions on alternatives- I am hoping that there is a similar design somewhere out there I can use?

If I cant get a replacement hanger then I think my only alternatives are to switch to a single speed, go for an IGH or retire the bike- and I am really hoping that is not the case!
I'd be looking at single speed hangers .. something like This One ..
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Old 04-23-18, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by fatsomatso View Post
Broken Rear Derailleur Hanger

So my beloved Xootr Swift has suffered a broken rear derailleur hanger. Tried to fix it but I'm out of luck- its not repairable.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is one of the few customized parts and Xootr dont seem to list them anymore (I wrote to them so hoping they have a few left over).

Does anyone have any suggestions on alternatives- I am hoping that there is a similar design somewhere out there I can use?

If I cant get a replacement hanger then I think my only alternatives are to switch to a single speed, go for an IGH or retire the bike- and I am really hoping that is not the case!
Please let us know what you find out. I was just thinking I should order a backup when I noticed Xootr no longer had them in the spare parts section.
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Old 04-23-18, 04:35 PM
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If by some chance Xootr doesn't have one you can also contact Swift Folders and see if they have something for you.

[email protected]

I have emailed Peter Reich about another matter and he responded quickly and was helpful.
Also if that doesn't work, check out this website and look for a match. It may take awhile.

https://derailleurhanger.com/shop/?pageloop=5000

Also possibly Xootr could recommend a match from that website.

Joseph

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Old 04-25-18, 03:41 AM
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Old 05-07-18, 08:05 AM
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To follow up on the derailleur hanger question - Xootr confirmed that they no longer have them and Peter Reich wrote to say he had a few spares which can be had for $9.50 (Design Mobility, Inc., 280 Nevins St., Brooklyn, NY 11217).
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Old 05-20-18, 07:44 AM
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New build for black aluminum frame

Here is the build Iím considering. I like James Blackís bikes and want a similar take but with the addition of three speeds.
Iíll be riding it around town and for light weekend trips.
Please weigh in if anything jumps out as problematic, or a missed opportunity.

Comes with frame:
Shimano cartridge BB
Aluminum seatpost
Aluminum steerer tube

To buy (through Peter if he can source it):
Sugino single crankset 170 mm
Sugino chain ring 42t
Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub
Sturmey Archer SLS30 index thumb shifter
Sun CR-18 36 hole rims, satin
DT stainless spokes
Deore front hub, silver
Sugino cantilever brakes, silver
Sugino mountain brake levers, black/silver
Aheadset, silver
Black cable housing
Panaracer HP406 20 x1.75 black/gum tires
MKS AR2 quick release pedals, black

Parts I have and might recycle:
Raleigh "North Road" or GB Maes bars both 25.4
(drops would require road levers)
GB 110mm or Nitto Technomic 130mm stem
Avocet touring saddle


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Old 05-20-18, 07:57 AM
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Questions for my new build

1. What do you do for a lighting generator?
Peter cautioned against a dynohub to maintain easy front wheel removal for packing.

2. How do I choose gearing for a new internal 3-speed hub and cog combinations on a bike Iíve never ridden? I have a Rudge w Sturmey Archer 3-speed and love the spread.
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Old 05-21-18, 07:57 AM
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I would use Sheldon Browns gear inch calculator. For example with a 52 tooth chainring, and a 13 tooth sprocket you get 56, 74.7 and 99.6 gear inches.plug in what you like and adjust the ride for your locale, i.e. hills, your strength, distance ridden and headwinds for example. I would stick with v-brakes because they are light and work very well. I like bullhorns because they are light and give me the the handshake position I find most confortable. I like to be able to rotate the bars, or bullhorns with the bar ends up so the bike rests on the saddle and bar tips when upside down because I have found it m!uch easier to remove and install the rear wheel when the bike is upside down. Drop bars are good too if that is your preference. Stturmey Archer makes a very nice bar end shifter, BTW. I replaced my QRs on seatpost and stem with bolts because I don't fold the bike very often. If you read the this thread you will find that with aluminum Swifts the chainstays and seatpost arrangement is where they can fail.
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Old 05-22-18, 07:30 PM
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I would use Sheldon Browns gear inch calculator... v brakes... drop bars... replace quick release with bolts...
^ helpful Ė TY

So V brakes are really that great? Iíve never used them. All my bikes are CV and they stop okay. But I believe you!

Anyone have a strong opinion about diacompe / tektro / cane creek drop bar levers for V brakes? Iíve read mediocre reviews.

Unfortunate, about the frame failure related to QR for folding.

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Old 05-23-18, 10:54 PM
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V brakes work well for me, and they're easy to set up and adjust. The nice thing about them is that they don't stick out far past the frame. If you're talking to Peter, I'd be curious to know what his experience with cantilevers has been.

I've had a set of the Tektro long pull road levers on a Xootr Swift I ride through the winter; I haven't had any problems, and they've held up well. I like the comfort of the SRAM levers on my other bike better, but the Tektro's aren't bad.
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Old 05-26-18, 02:47 PM
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I don't see how Trocadile got that much of an ergon grip on the right handlebar with the grip shift and brake. Are those cut down or are they the grip shift model?
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Old 05-26-18, 05:30 PM
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I don't see how Trocadile got that much of an ergon grip on the right handlebar with the grip shift and brake. Are those cut down or are they the grip shift model?
yes, a saw was involved (so it really doesn't matter if you use the grip shift model since either version would need to be cut with the stock shifter and handlebars)
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