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  1. #1
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    May 2007

    What front mech for SB95?

    I'm going to be running an SLX with 26 and 36 rings along with a Saint plastic bashring.
    Shifters are X7 2x10.
    I'm searching the listings on Chainreaction trying to find a derailleur that will fit.

    This one?
    Shimano XT M785 E2-type 2x10 Front Mech | Buy Online |
    I don't mind mixing manufacturers. I like Shimano on the front and Sram on the back.

  2. #2
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    I haven't reviewed current stuff, but last summer when I was setting mine up for 2x10 with 24/36 rings the only real option was the SRAM X0. It comes (came?) in a proper direct-mount type for the 24/36 combo. It WILL NOT fit a 26 granny though as the cage is too big, at least without some Dremel application.

    My bike came 3x10 with XT, and since the bike has no vertical adjustment on the front-d possible your front-d really needs to match well to the rings you are using or the shifting is iffy. My 3x front-d *almost* worked okay with a 38t front ring, but not well enough, the spec on the XT 3x front-d is for 42/44t rings.

    The front-d you linked will NOT work well with your intended gearing.

    The SRAM "S3 (DM)" types will mount to the '95 - check this page for X0 options

    Universal Cycles -- SRAM X0 Front Derailleur - 10 Speed

    or this page for X7 options

    Universal Cycles -- Sram X7 Front Derailleur - 10 Speed

    SRAM doesn't apparently make an X9 option.

    One of the Shimano E-Type 2x front-d's may have the correct range too, but I'm too lazy to research that right now.

    Universal Cycles -- Derailleurs and Parts > Mountain Derailleurs > Front Derailleurs

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    For the small bit of time I used a front D, the Shimano XT worked pretty nice. I used it with X7 shifters too.

    I think the XT I used is the one you listed but honestly, I just asked the LBS to order the correct one.
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