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    09 SX Trail front derailleur

    Can anyone tell me what kind and or size of front derailleur I will need for my 09 SX Trail? From looking at the frame it doesn't look like it would take to the normal clamp style too well, the seat tube has a strange shape and what would appear to be extra material to re-inforce the main susp. pivot where it would traditionaly clamp on. Thanks.

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    Yup...

    you'll need a "direct mount" front derailleur. The DMD mounts directly to the rear suspension swing arm. You'll have to shop around a bit to find one, they're not the common yet. But a few manufacturers are starting to spec this type of front d on their long travel AM, Freeride, and DH bikes. I think Universal Cycles has the Shimano SLX DMD available. Others may as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by letsgetit
    Can anyone tell me what kind and or size of front derailleur I will need for my 09 SX Trail? From looking at the frame it doesn't look like it would take to the normal clamp style too well, the seat tube has a strange shape and what would appear to be extra material to re-inforce the main susp. pivot where it would traditionaly clamp on. Thanks.
    Specialized uses their own "Direct Mount" design, one of at least 3 direct mount "standards."

    The good news is it uses a E-type FD with the BB mounting plate removed.
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