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Old 07-15-08, 09:10 PM
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front derailleur upgrade

I was wanting to upgrade the front derailleur on my Trek 1.2 and was hoping someone could give some input. I know the one on there is pretty low end, and I was looking for something to make it better until I buy a new bike.

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Old 07-15-08, 10:12 PM
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What's wrong with the existing one? Normally front derailleurs are the last thing that need upgrading. It might just need to be adjusted better if it is having trouble shifting.
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Old 07-16-08, 09:27 AM
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Ive taken it in twice to be adjusted, I guess Ill wait until I take the bike in for cable stretch, which is in the next 30 miles or so. It just seems like a low end component, Ive heard many bad things about them in the reviews. Thanks for the suggestion.
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About the only option that you have for that is a Sora. You will probably notice more of a change with a better chain. That being said I did both to mine within two weeks of getting a 1.2 I do like it better now.
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Originally Posted by MACTROUTER View Post
About the only option that you have for that is a Sora. You will probably notice more of a change with a better chain. That being said I did both to mine within two weeks of getting a 1.2 I do like it better now.
wrong.

i assume you have sora now. if you did, i had the same one on my bike, and no amount of adjusting could make it operate smoothly. i replaced mine with an ultegra unit and love it, big difference. was about 45 dollars shipped. excellent investment.
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Old 07-16-08, 12:07 PM
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wrong.

i assume you have sora now. if you did, i had the same one on my bike, and no amount of adjusting could make it operate smoothly. i replaced mine with an ultegra unit and love it, big difference. was about 45 dollars shipped. excellent investment.
If you have sora shifters you are screwed, but a sora FD isn't that hard to adjust, I just tuned my friends bike with full sora and there was no issue. The only issue is when it's at the extremes (big,big/small,small) since the Sora shifter doesn't have micro adjustments.
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Originally Posted by Szczuldo View Post
If you have sora shifters you are screwed, but a sora FD isn't that hard to adjust, I just tuned my friends bike with full sora and there was no issue. The only issue is when it's at the extremes (big,big/small,small) since the Sora shifter doesn't have micro adjustments.
i'm not sure why you said if he has sora shifters he's screwed. an inexpensive ultegra FD will work fine with sora shifters. i know, because thats the set-up i'm running.
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The 1.2 comes with 2203 8 speed shifters and a 2203 front derailleur. Does the ulterga still work with that set up? If so then the Sora is coming off.
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that will work perfectly. make sure to order either a triple or double FD though, as applicable to you
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Old 07-16-08, 12:48 PM
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would this work same for a trek 1000?
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sweet! I've been wanting to do some upgrading.
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Ris,
Some of the better Shamino chains(9spd) are a bit thinner and will clear your FD box with out rubbing.
Bring a small micro guage to the shop,there is a difference in all 9spd chain width.
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Ok err it isn't the FD that is the issue here but the front shifter...the FD is a pretty simple device and even a cheap one is fine. Front shifting issues are a result of the shifter design and changing the FD or the chain isn't going to help a hell of a lot. If you want it to shift better get better shifters...if you want it to be 20g lighter get the new FD.
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Originally Posted by DanielS View Post
What's wrong with the existing one? Normally front derailleurs are the last thing that need upgrading. It might just need to be adjusted better if it is having trouble shifting.
+1

It's hard to justify spending coin for a FD unless it is really not working.
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I had an 8 speed Ultegra/600 bike. 600 shifters fell apart within 2 years so I installed Sora in a pinch (signed up for organized ride). I was figuring shifting would be lousy. Worked better than the Ult/600 I had on. I planned to replace soon after the ride but worked so well I left it on for 1.5 years.

Never had a shifitng issue at all. Only reason I replaced them is cause I found DA 9 speed brifters for $199 and the rear derailleur for $64 no tax!....I miss Supergo!
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Originally Posted by spry View Post
Ris,
Some of the better Shamino chains(9spd) are a bit thinner and will clear your FD box with out rubbing.
Bring a small micro guage to the shop,there is a difference in all 9spd chain width.
So grab a 9 speed chain for my 8 speed bike?
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