front mech advice

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by piedwagtail91, 20 Aug 2007.

  1. does anyone know of a braze on front mech that will index with shimano xt mountain bike rapidfire levers?
    i'm trying to build a bike from spares for an off road tourist event and have all the bits except a front mech.
    i'll be using a deore 48,36 26 chainset. theers no room between the seat tube and mudguard to get a mtb mech on.
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    can't you take the mudguard off?!
  3. It likely is a case of adjusting and/or trimming the mudgourd to fit.
  4. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    my SKS mudguards have a cutout specifically to clear the mech
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    what about using a bottom bracket mounted front mech? click me
  6. OP

    piedwagtail91 Guest

    thanks, i gave up on the mtb shifters and got some down tube ones with a tiagra front mech. evrything is running well now .
  7. P.H

    P.H Über Member

    I know the fashion police will put me up against the wall and shoot me - But you don't need to have matching shifters!
    It seems a shame to me, not to use the better rear shifter just because of a problem with the front.
  8. OP

    piedwagtail91 Guest

    a mtb front shifter won't pull the correct amount of cable to index or move the front mech correctly.i'd tried to save a bit of cash but it didn't work!
    still managed to use all my other xt stuff least with dt gear levers i can eventually get rid of the drops for lo pro to match my fixed. that should upset a few clumbates.:ohmy:
    should be able to sell the xt rapidfire levers fo get bit of cash back now.
  9. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    South Beds.
    Are they 7, 8 or 9 speed shifters?
    I might be interested.
    I take it they aren't gear/brake combo units....:ohmy:


  10. OP

    piedwagtail91 Guest

    sorry they've gone .i swapped them for some bars this morning,
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