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    New question here. Do I want the XT8000 bottom pull or side swing FD?

    Bike can be set up for both though side swing would be a little more work.

    Worth it for the side swing?

    Tire clearance isn't an issue. I was just wondering if someone here had an opinion on if the side swing worked smoother.

    Thanks.

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    I just switched, the side swing is definitely worth it. Coming off a 970 era bottom pull to the 9020 side swing. I didn't have clearance issue with either. It is possible that swapping from a triple to a double may be a part of it though.

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    The new side-swing is VERY cool. After 80 years of front derailleurs, Shimano came up with a better design. That's amazing.

    The side design is lighter but you now need to run cable housing all the way down to the derailleur.

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    Thanks guys. I gotta have that side swing.

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    Why anyone would ever need a front derailleur on a mountain bike is beyond me.

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    You're so edgy.

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    Update:

    After the groupset seller shipped me a bottom pull FD accidentally, I languished in the lands of the side pull deprived for almost a year. Finally got around to dremeling my carbon frame for internal routing and installed the side swing.

    Went for a ride.

    Verdict: Definitely worth it. The side swing shifts into the small chainring much faster than the other one. So if you hit a sharp uphill and hit the FD shifter, you can't even feel a hiccup in power transfer.

    I think it feels a little harder to shift into the big ring, but I don't care about that.

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