Hi all - I recently purchased a 2009 GF HiFi Pro G2 26" frame from ebay. This is my first FS bike, I'm coming from a Kona Kula. My plan was to transfer what I can from the Kona to the GF as way to get into a good FS bike on a budget.
This is my first full build of a bike and things have been going pretty well up until now. I must thank many posts on this forum as I researched items, and you-tube has helped a lot too.
(sorry for the long post, but trying to answer ahead of time all questions that might come up.)
What I can't figure out or find current information on is the front dellailleur for this frame. The FD from the Kona is completely wrong, so I need find one.
Reading all the FD posts here gave me some info, but I've ended up pretty confused. The best post I found was for a 2007 HiFi where someone said "it takes a FD-M581". I couldn't find that FD though, so I instead bought the FD-M591. The shop said it's basically the same as the 581, so I figured it should work.
I've read all I can read about adjusting the FD and watched several you-tube videos on the subject. I'm rather certain I have it installed correctly and adjusted correctly, but it just isn't working right.
A few symptoms: Everything is smooth when in low-low, but as soon as I shift the rear a few gears up, the chain rubs along the bottom of the FD cage. I can shift the front to the middle sprocket and it cleans up. I can barely shift into the largest sprocket up front because the chain binds against the FD cage and the largest gear.
The former problems indicates to me I need to drop the entire FD, but the latter problem indicates I need to raise the entire FD. So now I'm wondering if the FD I got simply is not compatable.
1) Do I need a different FD? If so, any suggestions?
2) Can this problem be an adjustment problem that if I work at it long enough it'll dial in?
3) just bite the bullet and take it to LBS for them to figure out? (boring)
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