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    New question here. Anybody ever "Shorten" a front derailleur...!?

    In short I change to 2x9 and now the front derailleur is much to high for my linking, in fact I even change to a direct mount so I can move it 5mm lower but now the bottom of the derailleur is hitting on the chainstay and can not go any lower..


    My idea is to take the rivet out and re-bend it about 8mm shorter or more, I did this before but it was kind of a hack job and this time I want to do it "as right" as possible.

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    Apparently the steel is really hard to weld for some reason.

    I'm even thinking of taking out the bashring and more the derailleur 20mm in search of better shifting.

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    Anybody ever "Shorten" a front derailleur...!?

    You still need to have the bulge on the inner cage plate high enough to shift..
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    You still need to have the bulge on the inner cage plate high enough to shift..
    Thanks Shiggy I always appreciate your sound advice, sure I only want to make it shorter by a little, i'm one of does "2mm gap" nazi's, it already shifts quite well as is..

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    Anybody ever "Shorten" a front derailleur...!?

    Quote Originally Posted by patineto View Post
    Thanks Shiggy I always appreciate your sound advice, sure I only want to make it shorter by a little, i'm one of does "2mm gap" nazi's, it already shifts quite well as is..
    If it shifts well now, do not mess with it.

    If you insist on that 2mm gap put a larger bash on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    If it shifts well now, do not mess with it.
    I like my bikes "just so" but maybe you are right and is better to leave it alone..

    If you insist on that 2mm gap put a larger bash on it.
    Larger.. ??, Smaller bash ring is what I need or not..?? so the derailleur can set closer to the "Middle" ring..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    You still need to have the bulge on the inner cage plate high enough to shift..
    You know what Shiggy looking at this picture you are totally right, I'm almost out of "bulge" as it is..

    Anybody ever "Shorten" a front derailleur...!?-img_4513-m.jpg

    Thanks you save me a lot of pain..

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    I did the same went 2x10 and same bash ring too, I bought a 2x10 front dérailleur made life very easy.
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    Doh'

    Thanks for pointing the evident, I have always been a 3xsomething (well single speeds too) but never deal with a 2x until now...

    Now for more shopping..

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