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    Choosing shifters and derailleur

    I need to purchase a front derailuer and shifter for my Raleigh Mojave 8.0. Reason why? i just do not have them. I do not need anything that beefy or top of the line. Looking for something reasonably priced but it needs to be able to handle jumps and drops. I broke my last front derailleur doing a 6 foot drop. I was pretty annoyed because of how small the drop was. my largest rotor on the front is 44T. hope i gave enough info.

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    How does a front deraileur get broken doing a drop? Did you land it or crash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasFerrer
    I broke my last front derailleur doing a 6 foot drop. I was pretty annoyed because of how small the drop was. my largest rotor on the front is 44T. hope i gave enough info.

    ehhh? are you doing road gaps on this?

    My solution to a rash of crash damaged shifters was a set of gripshifts. They're pretty beat up now, but still work and they've far outlasted the trigger shifters. Front derailleurs... eh, deore is fine, lx shifts marginally better, and xt shifts like lx but takes twice as long to slop out. As if you use the front derailleur to do anything besides hold the chain in place anyway.
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    I wouldn't consider 6 feet a "small" drop, especially if you weren't landing it on a transition. That's an XC bike, made to take drops under 3 feet.

    And, yeah, how did you break a front der on a drop?

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    it knocked out of place, and the mount had broken. not sure how i did it, but it happened. i didnt fall either.

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    That bike is not meant for anything near 6'. It's a wonder the frame hasn't come apart. But hey if you have nerves of steel then giv' 'er. Deore's or LX's should do you fine.
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