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    Problem with my rear wheel rubbing on the front derailleur

    I have a 2008 Gary Fisher X-Cal, recently upgraded all the components, and now I'm having problems with my front derailleur. I have a x9 front derailleur, It's a bottom clamp top pull, it should fit, yet my rear wheel rubs against it. Any suggestions? Should I get a high clamp and just use spacers for my water bottle cage, would that help?

    **11/18 update, PROBLEM SOLVED HOORAY went with a shimano deore XT and I guess it fits, hopefully if anyone else with a gary fisher xcal has the same problem they'll find this thread to avoid the annoyance I went through.
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    what kind of derailleur did you have on it before ?

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    I had a shimano deore, I'm wishing I had never gotten rid of it, but a friend of mine needed one and I figured I'd just buy a new one which is now becoming a real pain in the AS$

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    Keep riding it, and you'll eventually have more clearance as the tire wears.
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    I just got Gary Fisher X-Caliber 2010 and I could not fit SLX front derailleur. I decided to stick to x.9 top clamp. My bike came with it. The problem is that GF/Trek decided to keep seat tube straight instead of bending it. My Scott Scale 29 does not have this problem.


    This is what you need.

    SRAM X-9 Front Derailleur High Clamp Top Pull | eBay
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    Use any type of highclamp mounting style,sram or shimano, or a chainstay mount (shimano). I had the same problem with my On One Scandal used a highclamp XT and the problem was sollved.

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    Got it thank you for the reply, so basically the top pull's mechanical parts are just slightly hire and more towards the cranks set instead of being bunched behind the clamp, is that why it fits?

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    Can you send me a picture of your bike set up with the front derailleur? you said you switched to a high clamp top pull and it solved your problem, can I see how much clearance you have now?

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    High Clamp top pull should solve the problem for sure. The low clamp top pull derailleurs fit only a small percentage of the bike market...nearly all are full suspension. My girlfriend's (SM) Intense Spider XVP is one of them..and its a PITA to adjust...I originally tried to get a high clamp to work w/o success.
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    It HAS to be top pull. Please do not say high clamp is enough.
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    My Spot has the same sort of problem. I figure that's why the Longboards were sold as 1x9s. I was able to get a derailleur on it but it's still way too tight for my liking so I gave up and singlespeeded the thing.
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    Was this a 10s setup or for 9s? Looking to swap to 2x10 SRAM on my X-Cal and need to make sure the front der fits.

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    go to a 1x 10...

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    Another solution is to use a direct mount derailleur with Problem Solvers clamp.
    I used it on a Kona Honzo and enough space for the tyre despite the short stays 420mm and Kona say not possible to use with front derailleur but ... "Yes We Can !"




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    Quote Originally Posted by CROPCIRCLE View Post
    Another solution is to use a direct mount derailleur with Problem Solvers clamp.
    I used it on a Kona Honzo and enough space for the tyre despite the short stays 420mm and Kona say not possible to use with front derailleur but ... "Yes We Can !"
    Awesome. Thanks for the info. Ordered a clamp and high direct mount!

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