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    '05 SJ120 Deraileur Question

    The specs for the 05 SJ Expert 120 say the rear deraileur is the M-952 XTR, long cage, standard spring.

    Is this the one that everyone complains about or is this the "good one"?

    High rise? Low rise? Long cage? What does it all mean

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    Let say that is the "old" one. Basically, the spring is set in such way that it "helps" to upshift, making that easier (or at least, a lower force is required to do it). You upshift either moving the brake lever down or using the thumb lever.

    Long cage refers to the pulley assembly containing the pulley and it's mainly used when your bike use big sprockets, such as 34 teeth.

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    slightly off topic but...

    is the 952 derailleur still being made by shimano? if its not then spesh must have bought themsevles about 50 bazillion (thats a real number, im an engineer ) of them, cause they've been speccing them on bikes for years now! like i said, slighlty off topic, sorry.

    as for is this the 'good' one, depends who u ask, rapid rise (the other sort) has a love/hate relationship it seems, but at the end of the day, its XTR so its gonna be nice

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    IMHO, the biggest difference, from a practical standpoint, is that you can either upshift or downshift (depending if you are using the M960 or M952 respectively) up to 3 speeds at a time, and it is up to your preferences what of those options (if any) you find more useful.

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    Just found out an interesting article regarding your question. Worth to read it.

    http://www.mbaction.com/detail.asp?id=795
    Last edited by Tavinho; 09-30-2005 at 02:13 AM. Reason: mispelled word

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