Carbon fiber construction makes this one of the lightest bike derailleurs available. The 11-speed design is smooth when shifting through many gears at once. Easy to install and connect to shift cables in a short amount of time.
Does not come in smaller speed configurations.
Extremely durable construction. Derailleur can survive common scrapes and dents when riding off road or in extreme weather conditions. Long case design provides a greater gear range for larger rear cassettes. Smooth action using rapid-fire shifters.
Heavier than other rear derailleurs.
Heavy-duty construction with an outside carbon fiber cage allows the derailleur to resist dents and scratches. Outer jockey wheel rides smoothly through gear changes without getting hung up on the chain. Comes in multiple speeds.
Heavier and more expensive than other rear bike derailleurs.
Installation is straightforward and takes about 30 minutes. Made of lightweight aluminum instead of heavy steel. Shifting is smooth. Works well on a variety of bikes and configurations.
When on the softest gear, it has a tendency to touch the spoke.
Comes with several different mounting options to increase its compatibility with different road bike frames. Offers noticeable improvement with 10-speed drivetrains in the budget category.
Making minute adjustments to the alignment can be difficult.
Derailleur is the French word for a bicycle gear mechanism that moves the bike chain from one cog or sprocket to another. The derailleur also has a mechanism for taking up the slack in the chain as it moves to smaller cogs.
When should you replace the derailleur on your bike? That’s a judgment call. Derailleur failures normally don’t happen in some kind of catastrophic event. Instead, they gradually get worse, becoming incrementally harder or slower to shift. Other common problems include the chain falling off the largest chainring or cog onto the spokes or falling off the smallest cog and getting stuck between the cassette and frame. If your chain is making noises when you’re shifting, that’s also an indication of trouble.
Many of these problems can be fixed by adjusting the derailleur. Eventually, though, there comes a point when further adjustments won’t be enough to keep things moving smoothly, and you need to install a new derailleur. But which one is best? That’s where is buying guide comes in handy. Read on to learn all the factors to consider and options available when choosing a bike derailleur to best suit your needs.
There are generally two derailleur mechanisms for any multi-speed bike’s gear shifting apparatus: one in the front and the other in the rear. When replacing either of them, it’s important to get compatible mechanisms that work with each other as well as with your model of bike.
The larger the cassettes on your bike and the greater the number of teeth on the rear cogs and front chainrings, the longer the chain you’ll need to accommodate them all. This will affect the derailleur you purchase for your bike. Alternately, you can use the bike chain tool listed in the accessories below to lengthen or shorten your chain.
Steel was the bike derailleur material of choice for many years, but advanced manufacturing methods such as cold forging, especially with aluminum, has reduced the cost and weight of the parts while increasing their strength. Today, derailleurs can be made with a combination of multiple materials, including carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, and steel.
There are three different cage lengths; short, medium, and long. Long cage lengths are used when there is a large range of teeth between the largest cog on a cassette and the smallest. The greater the range, the longer the cage length will need to be. However, a medium cage length will be sufficient for most bikes. Never change your cage length unless you have a specific reason to do so.
Inexpensive: Anything below $20 is considered the low price range for derailleurs. At this price, you will normally find rear derailleurs or inexpensive front derailleurs.
Mid-range: From $20 to $80 is the medium price for derailleurs. Most derailleurs, front and back, will be found in this range, from nine to eleven speeds in the rear and up to three in the front. You should expect long-lasting derailleurs of good quality in this price range.
Expensive: Over $80 is where you’ll find the high-end bicycle derailleurs. These will be the high-quality derailleurs for professionals made of the best materials and manufactured to the highest engineering standards.
We like the Shimano Tourney TY500 6/7-Speed Rear Derailleur w/ Hanger. It has zinc-plated adjustment screws to resist corrosion as well as a resin bracket and plate body to reduce the weight. It has a chain wrap capacity of 43 for long chains. The hanger is included and installation is simple.
We also like the RichBoo M390 27/9-Speed Rear-Derailleur. This black derailleur is made for mountain bikes with a gear range of 44T - 48T. It is made of stamped plastic and steel but it is a decent and inexpensive product for beginners. The installation is easy, but there aren't any instructions with it.
Q. What is a chainring?
A. That is the bicycling term for the toothed sprockets the chain wraps around at the front of the drivetrain on the crankset where the pedals are attached.
Q. What is the chain-wrap capacity of a derailleur, and how is it measured?
A. Chain-wrap capacity refers to the ability of the derailleur to take up the slack in the chain when it moves from one cog to another. Chain-wrap capacity is calculated by taking the number of teeth on the largest cog on the rear wheel and subtracting the number of teeth on the smallest cog of the rear wheel. Do the same thing for the chainrings on the pedals, and then add the two numbers together. The total is the chain-wrap capacity.
Q. Where should the front derailleur be positioned?
A. It should be positioned so the outer cage plate on the derailleur is in line with the outside chainring.
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