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    Idea! Need suggestion for new front and rear derailers

    Look for some pointers and suggestions!

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    What kind of bike do you have now? What derailleurs are you looking to replace?

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    it's a downhill mountain bike no branding from when i bought it i am looking for front and rear derailers the one on the bike are shot.

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    You'll need to post some pictures. It's impossible to answer your question with the amount of info you gave. Also, if it's a downhill bike, it wouldn't have a front derailleur.

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    I don't know honestly i will post some pics in a few.

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    Derailleur shot? What does that mean? What are you experiencing?

    Chain not staying in cog? Not shifting at all or it's shifting vaguely?

    Many times, if you buy a used bike, bad shifting can be attributed to old cable housing. Over time, grit can get in there and the cables don't slide back and forth smoothly. This can hinder when you go from larger cog to smaller cog.

    Another reason why you might be able to dial in the rear derailleur is if the hanger is bent.

    I would check these before buying a new set of derailleurs. Plus, your shifters have more impact on the way it shifts AND you have to match the actuation ratios.
    Just get out and ride!

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