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Clamp on or braze on(7 posts)

Clamp on or braze oncbruce
Apr 7, 2003 7:12 AM
Are there any advantages of a braze front derailleur as compared to a clamp on? I have a fram that does not have an attachment for a braze on front derailleur so I am either going to get a dura ace front derailleur with a 31.8 clamp or a braze on front derailleur with a clamp adaptor. Any benefits of one over the other?
re: Clamp on or braze oncdhbrad
Apr 7, 2003 7:18 AM
I have both styles on different bikes. The Derailleur mechanism itself is identical, so far I can tell, and both work great. Only difference is they way they are mounted.
Both!Spunout
Apr 7, 2003 7:35 AM
If you had a braze-on FD and a clamp that bolts the FD together, you don't have to get a new one if you change frames.

Braze-on is cool, but have heard stories of poorly aligned units. Also, wouldn't want to crash one off. OTOH, a must for shaped seat tubes.
Both!cbruce
Apr 7, 2003 10:40 AM
I'm sorry but what is OTOH
Both!cycleaddict
Apr 7, 2003 12:01 PM
OTOH=on the other hand.
re: Clamp on or braze onMR_GRUMPY
Apr 7, 2003 9:54 AM
The only advantages are that it looks cooler, and it saves about 5 grams over the clamp on type. I've got both kinds. A steel frame with a chrome, brazed on hanger, a steel frame with a clamp on hanger, and an aluminum frame with a screwed on hanger for a braze on derailleur.
It depends on the frame materialpurplepaul
Apr 7, 2003 1:02 PM
Steel, good.

Ti, bad. At least, that's what my Ti frame builder says.

Also, in an accident, I'd hate to have the thing snap off.