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  1. #1
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    2009 Scalpel Front Derailleur

    I'm in the process of swapping parts from a Caffeine frame to an aluminum Scalpel. The Caffeine has a 34.9 seat tube vs. 31.8 for the Scalpel. I have to either get a shim or a new front derailleur. If I decide to get a new derailleur it seems I can get a better deal on a low clamp version as opposed to the high clamp mount found on the stock Scalpel.

    It appears a low clamp FD would fit without problems. Is there any reason not to use a low clamp FD on the Scalpel?


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    It will work fine. The stock specs use a high clamp because they're usually a tad lighter. But what derailleur are you looking to get? many are one size only and are provided with shims anyway...


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    Thanks for the confirmation. Since the current derailleur came with the Caffeine, I don't have the shim that's normally shipped with the derailleur when purchased separately. I'm loath to spend more on shipping than the shim so I may splurge and pickup a discounted X9 or XT.

    I thought a LBS would have some shims lying around from new bike setups but I was unable to source one locally.

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