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Fitting a new cable to the front and rear derailleurs

Fitting a new cable to the front and rear derailleurs

Fit the new cable into your shifters first, using the instructions, then follow these steps to connect the cable to your front or rear derailleur. You’ll need to adjust the cable tension once you’ve fitted the cables. ...

Work the derailleur back and forth

Work the derailleur back and forth

Front derailleur cable tension pulls the cage outwards, shifting your chain onto larger chainrings, but when you release the tension, the derailleur relies on a spring to pull the cage back toward the frame and to pull your chain onto smaller sprockets. If your pivots are dirty or worn, the spring won’t be strong enough to pull back the change and shifts into lower gears will be slow. ...

Slave to the rhythm the derailleur

Derailleurs

Derailleurs are cunning bits of kit. The way they work is simple: they take advantage of your pedalling action to move the chain smoothly from one sprocket to another. The name comes from the French for ’derail’ (pronounced simply ’de-railer’ or ’de-rail-yer’). ...