I've been upgrading my crankset on my Cake III Deluxe from the stock bontrager to a new, shiny SLX.
I'ts my first crankset upgrade, but I got it done.
Since they were both triples of the same ratios, I kept the stock FD which is a Shimano LX. I assume it's from the same year as the model of the bike (2006).
First thing I noticed, is FD cannot go far enough back to slip into the smallest cog on the crankset. Even if it's bumped up right against the frame, the outside rail doesn't push the chain far enough over.
I assume this probably means I need to pony up for a new SLX FD?
Lastly, in the GF Cake documentation it doesn't specify the width of the Bottom Bracket Shell. Being in the U.S., didn't have a metric measure available. But it looks to be a 73mm, so I used a single spacer on the cog side of the SLX as specified in the techdoc. I feel my suspicion that it's 73 is confirmed since that little spacer in the left crank arm just clicks closed.
Here's some pics of the derailleur up against the frame and the chain just touching the outside of the derailleur. Not enough to push it into the smallest cog.
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