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    ETSX-50 - bent rear derailleur hanger

    Is there a quick fix for a bent rear derailleur hanger or do i have to buy a new one?

    can i just pound it flat? anyone do this before?

    thanks for any help for a fairly simple question..

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    Quote Originally Posted by garychanchan
    Is there a quick fix for a bent rear derailleur hanger or do i have to buy a new one?

    can i just pound it flat? anyone do this before?

    thanks for any help for a fairly simple question..
    Depends how bent it is. That derailleur hanger is made of aluminum and will only take so much bending before it is weakend to the point of breakage. You can try removing the derailler and use an adjustable wrench to slowly bend it back. Park also makes a tool that will help you straighten a bent hanger much more precisely.

    http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/DAG.shtml

    Karl

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    Bye a new one there cheap

    I would bye a new one but bend the old one back and keep it as a spare

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    Buy a new one, and chuck the stocker away. They are cheap, and the stock ones are known to be pretty weak. The wrench at the one LBS I use says they originals on the Rockies are too soft. The replacement ones are much stronger.

    I bent mine less than a month after I bought my bike. I straightened it a couple times but it just never quite worked properly again. Bought a new one a couple weeks later, and I have not bent it again since.....and I still manage to crash fairly regularily...

    Drek

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