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    XT 771Rear Dérailleur, no adjuster, what gives?

    Last week I trashed my XT 760 RD and my dérailleur hanger. I got the now parts (XT 771RD) yesterday and went to work on it today. I put on the new hanger and the RD and saw that I didn't have an adjuster. No problem, I thought, I'd take it off the old one. No way. I doesn't use one. What gives!? How do you fine tune your shifting with a new XT RD?

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    The same way you do a SRAM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    Last week I trashed my XT 760 RD and my dérailleur hanger. I got the now parts (XT 771RD) yesterday and went to work on it today. I put on the new hanger and the RD and saw that I didn't have an adjuster. No problem, I thought, I'd take it off the old one. No way. I doesn't use one. What gives!? How do you fine tune your shifting with a new XT RD?
    For better or worse Both Shimano and SRAM have stopped putting barrel adjusters on their mtb dérailleurs.
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    It's almost funny, in their blurb it says " thirty grams lighter than the previous model''. That's the weight of the adjuster. So seriously, what are you supposed to do; just put up with sloppy shifting. I'll tell you what I'm doing, I'm getting another 760 RD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    Last week I trashed my XT 760 RD and my dérailleur hanger. I got the now parts (XT 771RD) yesterday and went to work on it today. I put on the new hanger and the RD and saw that I didn't have an adjuster. No problem, I thought, I'd take it off the old one. No way. I doesn't use one. What gives!? How do you fine tune your shifting with a new XT RD?
    Fine tune the shifting with the adjuster coming off the shifter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    It's almost funny, in their blurb it says " thirty grams lighter than the previous model''. That's the weight of the adjuster. So seriously, what are you supposed to do; just put up with sloppy shifting. I'll tell you what I'm doing, I'm getting another 760 RD.
    The adjusters do not weigh that much.

    As others have implied, use the adjuster on the flatbar shifter.

    Since I use dropbars, I have to add an inline adjuster or use road RDs
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    The reason i believe they have removed them is, they used to bend easy and rust. If you need to adjust your gears alot with the barrel adjusters your gears are either not set up right or worn out.

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    I must admit that on my old Derailleur I used to like the barrel adjuster it was very easy to use. Since getting a shadow Derailleur and not having it I thought this is going to be a pain in the butt but soon got used to not worrying about it as I now use the barrel adjuster on the bars. However since changed over to Gore cable system for shifting I have found that once I set the limit screws I have never had to touch the barrel adjusters again. Is the Gore cables pre stretched or just don't stretch because I have no idea why I have had no need to touch the adjusters. Still I'm not complaining if it's been Gore's doing great or maybe I'm a better mechanic than I first thought I was.

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    '' If you need to adjust your gears alot with the barrel adjusters your gears are either not set up right or worn out. ''


    I don't remember saying that I have to adjust my cables a lot. I just want to set it and forget it. The adjuster on my shifter doesn't look as fine as I want . I just sent the XT771 dérailleur back and ordered a 760. The savings almost pays for the shipping and I have what I want. In the future, I guess I'll have to look at long cage Ulrtega RD's.

    By the way, I've never had a RD adjuster rust out or bend. Maybe I'm just lucky.

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    A buddy of mine uses one of these in his XTR RD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliott_MBR
    If you need to adjust your gears alot with the barrel adjusters your gears are either not set up right or worn out.
    You're kidding, right? You use the barrel adjusters to set up the gears correctly, then it might need a touch once and a while.

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    Shifter pods have adjuster barrels. Newer high end derailleurs don't have the any more to shave weight and to make the cable go in more direct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    '' If you need to adjust your gears alot with the barrel adjusters your gears are either not set up right or worn out. ''


    I don't remember saying that I have to adjust my cables a lot. I just want to set it and forget it. The adjuster on my shifter doesn't look as fine as I want . I just sent the XT771 dérailleur back and ordered a 760. The savings almost pays for the shipping and I have what I want. In the future, I guess I'll have to look at long cage Ulrtega RD's.

    By the way, I've never had a RD adjuster rust out or bend. Maybe I'm just lucky.
    i've always found the barrel adjuster on the shifters (at least with gripshift shifters) to more fine tuned than the barrel adjuster on the derailleur itself.

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    Barrel adjusters on derailleurs break. There is no way to avoid it, one good hit and they are done. Thankfully they are now gone on nicer units and now we just use the shifter ones to do the fine tuning.

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    I never understood the reason for barrel adjusters on both ends of the cable. Just seems redundant

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