shifting frewhheel gears

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  1. dandirt

    dandirt New Member

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    I have two bikes that I use regularly. One is a GT Idrive full suspension, the other is a Specialized Epic full suspension. The shifting pattern on the freewheel gears are opposite on the two bikes. How can I get the GT to shift like the specialized. Is it just the shifter, or the whole rear derailer? What would need to be replaced?
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  2. Greg-O

    Greg-O New Member

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    most likely one of the derailleurs is rapid rise, and the other is not.

    you would have to replace the derailleur.
     
  3. dandirt

    dandirt New Member

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    Would that mean I would need to replace the front derailleur, and shifter(s) also? How about the freewheel?
     
  4. Juba

    Juba New Member

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    You would have to replace your rear derailleur and rear shifter. But since it can be tricky to find one shifter for sale rather then the pair, you might be looking at having to replace both shifters, especially if you are planning on sticking with Shimano. Cassette, front derailleur and chainrings should be standard fair, so no need to replace anything else.

    Rapid Rise was an interesting idea, but it does not seem like it ever really caught on.

    Cheers,
    Juba
     
  5. dandirt

    dandirt New Member

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    Thank you very much for the input. This is going to be a winter project for me, and I've never done much more than change tires and set limits on the front derailleur.
    Dan
     
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