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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Front derailleur Help!!!

    Currently, my LBS is building my Mojo SL, but, they are having a difficult time finding a Shimano XTR FD M971 front Derailleur (FD). I am running a 2x9 (30/40) Rotor 3D 175mm cranks, w/ 11-32 rear cassette. Rear derailleur is a SRAM X.0 Medium Cage, w/ X.0 Grip shifts.

    Would you recommend using a Shimano Dura Ace FD? The FD-7900-B? How does this compare in smooth shifts, and reliability to the XTR? The SRAM XX is out, as a special modification is needed for it to fit on the Ibis Frame. I believe Ibis makes this modification at their factory. I wonder if Ibis would sell their Modified XX FD to my LBS?, and if it is better than the XTR or DA.

    Should I wait for the XTR, or get the DA? Your thoughts, recommendations, and insights are appreciated.

    Kevin

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    Are you considering X.9 SRAM? The front deraileur isnt as crucial a component as the rear. I picked up a Sram x9 on ebay a few weeks ago for $19 nib.

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    Sram FDs, last I checked, are heavy. There are plenty of XTRs around - I don't see why LBS can't get one. Just buy one and give it to your LBS to install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts
    Sram FDs, last I checked, are heavy. There are plenty of XTRs around - I don't see why LBS can't get one. Just buy one and give it to your LBS to install.

    SRAM X9 advertised as 154gm

    Shimano XTR advertised as 148gm

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    I ended up getting an XTR FD! LBS overlooked that component! Now, I just have to do the waiting game, and since it's raining, I don't mind!!! Thanks the_owl and noshortcuts!

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl
    SRAM X9 advertised as 154gm

    Shimano XTR advertised as 148gm
    The confirmed weight on the XO FD in my garage is 181 grams. My XTR FD is confirmed at 130grams after I cut off the downward pull arm that isn't needed. It was 140 something before cutting. Sram may be lighter since I bought mine?

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    Rain, rain, go away! Happy Mojo riding

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    I was actually looking at the SRAM XX FD. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit on my bike from the factory, Ibis modifies theses FD to work w/ their frames.

    Getting closer!!, to my first ride day!!! on the new Mojo SL!!!

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    My XTR FD weighed in at 152g.

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    Mine weighs in at exactly 0.00 grams....

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    Quote Originally Posted by avam
    My XTR FD weighed in at 152g.
    You got a heavy weight! - or maybe I weighed mine after replacing the bolt with titanium. Don't remember.

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