Front mech question

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  1. omarshaffi

    omarshaffi New Member

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    Hi,

    The front mech on my bike has jammed up. I think it's a bottom pull type? Please see link:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shimano-fd-2200-front-mech/rp-prod87388

    This one does not sell anymore so my question is can I get a replacement? I have 2 front cogs and I think the size is 31.8? Any help or direction much appreciated - my local bike shop was not helpful at all :(

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  2. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    Just what do you mean by "jammed up?" Before spending time looking and money on a new derailleur, break the chain, unhook the cable, and remove the old one. Does it pivot, and does the spring push it to the inside position, and are the side plates straight and unbent? If you can answer yes to all of these, then the derailleur is not the problem.

    Now that you have the cable unhooked, pull it through the housing. Does it slide freely or get stuck? Are housings undamaged and without kinks, and are the ends neat and trim or do they look like an exploding cigar? If there is any damage to the cable or housing, replace both. After replacing cable and before attaching it to the mech, test the shifters. Do they pull and release cable?

    Refer to this page for re-installing and adjusting your mech: http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/front-derailleur-adjustments

    Refer to this page for cutting and installing cable: http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/cutting-cable-housing

    And if you do need a new mech, Shimano's Claris, 2300, or 2200 unit should do the job. These are made for use with 8-speed chains. The models for narrower chains will work but will cause too much chain rub. Be sure to get the version for band attachment and double chainrings. The default diameter for the band is 31.8 mm, with a shim for smaller tubes.
     
  3. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Yes, agreed ... YOU need to be you sure that there is actually a problem with the front derailleur ...
    • Disconnect the front derailleur cable and see if you can manually move the front derailleur's cage ... See if the shifter will click through when you press on the lever and/or paddle.
    BTW. You can currently buy a replacement on eBay for
     
  4. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    FYI. You can substitute almost ANY bottom pull [COLOR=FF00AA]8-speed[/COLOR] Shimano front derailleur which has the correct clamp size (the information is generally on the INSIDE of the clamp on Shimano front derailleurs)
    But one made specifically for Shimano 2x8 road will work a lot better. And without having to purchase a Campagnolo front shifter.
     
  5. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    I did say to buy an 8-speed Shimano front derailleur. :big-smile:
     
  6. omarshaffi

    omarshaffi New Member

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    thanks for the info guys. yes the front mech is totally stiff i can barely even move it with a screwdriver as torque. thanks
     
  7. maydog

    maydog Well-Known Member

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    The front derailleur is a relatively cheap component to replace. However, you can probably salvage your existing one. There are a few bolts on the main pivots that can be removed to allow cleaning and regreasing of the bushings. You may get by with using a penetrating cleaner followed by some oil, if you don't want to disassemble it.
     
  8. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Yes ... I agree that there is a good chance that the front derailleur can be rejuvenated with some OIL. Anything from the fore mentioned penetrating oil to 3-in-1 type (which will probably take longer to cut through the rust) should work.
     
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