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My rear derailer doesnt seem to be functioning anymore the way I want it to. What im looking for is a nice smooth shifting derailer. What do you guys suggest?
 

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i broke my old sram esp on a stump, so i went on ebay and got a sram x-5 for $40. works very well, and after shortening the chain, it shifts very smooth.
 

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My rear derailer doesnt seem to be functioning anymore the way I want it to. What im looking for is a nice smooth shifting derailer. What do you guys suggest?
Shifting problems are not necessarily derailleur related. You may have a worn chain and/or cassette & chainrings. Also, make sure that you rear derailleur is properly aligned. That requires a special tool, but your LBS can check that out.
 

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Shifting problems are not necessarily derailleur related. You may have a worn chain and/or cassette & chainrings. Also, make sure that you rear derailleur is properly aligned. That requires a special tool, but your LBS can check that out.
Yes, another old thread. Here's that 'special tool' :p

Unless you have e shift. If you do, you can afford to take it to the shop even to adjust TP
 

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I use my index finger and thumb.
 

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9 in 10 shifting problems we see at the shop are caused by dirty cables. Usually won't shift to smaller cogs and because the cable is dirty so won't let it.
Other 1 in 10 is either bent derailleur hanger (more often) or simply out of adjustment cable tension.
 

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9 in 10 shifting problems we see at the shop are caused by dirty cables. Usually won't shift to smaller cogs and because the cable is dirty so won't let it.
Other 1 in 10 is either bent derailleur hanger (more often) or simply out of adjustment cable tension.
I've noticed this myself fixing up junque bikes. 9 times out of 10 I just get the el cheapo, Wally World cable set for ten bucks. Believe it or not, they're OK. For dept store yard sale finds, they're fine.
My own bike gets one new shift and brake cable per year. I take the rears and put them on the front, install the new ones on the rears. A bit of spray silicone in the housings, done.
 
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