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FD replacement questionarctic hawk
Oct 2, 2003 6:21 AM
I have a quick question regarding front derailleurs.
I am presently running a RSX FD & was wondering if I went to a 105 or Ultegra unit, will there be any noticable difference?
I am running Ultegra just about everywhere else except the FD.

Thanks
Wait until it wears out...The Walrus
Oct 2, 2003 4:18 PM
I've used RSX on 3 or 4 bikes over the years, starting with my ancient touring rig (which
i still
has the original group), and it's always been dependable; in fact, I made a point of buying several RSX mechs from Nashbar when they were blowing them out a year or so ago because I was so pleased with 'em. I'm not sure how long RSX would hold up in a race environment, but for "real world" use, I've never seen a difference between RSX and 105 or Ultegra that would justify a change for the sake of change.
Wait until it wears out...arctic hawk
Oct 2, 2003 4:53 PM
Thanks for the advice! I was thinking the same but something in my mind was nagging me about getting a "properly" matched gruppo.

Arctic Hawk
Ignore that voice, sir!The Walrus
Oct 2, 2003 6:25 PM
After all, Frankenbiking is at the very soul of 'cross. Anyone can throw together a bike with a "pure" group, but it's more satisfying to kluge together a mongrel drivetrain and make it work well.
I agreexcmntgeek
Oct 2, 2003 7:10 PM
Sure, on my road bike it's nice to have matching parts. I even went as far as to match my bar stem and seat post (mmmmmmm, tasty). But my cross bike is a different story. LX rear mech, D/A cassette, XT front der, old XTR cranks (36-46), RSX STI shifers, some brakes that my coach lent me (thanks Dale!), and an RSX wheel set. All on an old Giant frame. The sad thing is that it shifts just as well as my full D/A group on my Orbea. Oh well, I can't wait till cross starts.