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A few conundrums

PrintsPrints Posts: 86
edited March 2008 in MTB workshop & tech
The first of which being how the hell do i decide if i need a top swing or bottom swing front mech??
The second being does anybody know if when i order some Ex721's on hope pro11's from merlin, whether they will be 32 or 36 hole as i cannot spot any info from their site letting me know
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    what bike is it going on? and ask Merlin.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • PrintsPrints Posts: 86
    going to require a phone call is it?

    24seven darkangel
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    Prints wrote:
    going to require a phone call is it?

    24seven darkangel
    Or an Email.
    So the mech what bike and what is there already as you will need the same type.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • PrintsPrints Posts: 86
    its a 24 sevel darkangel

    no previous mech on there as i purchased it as a frame
    thats why i asked here, all other advice was get the same as what was already fitted
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    Ok does it have a cable stop for a front mech? what is the seat TUBE diameter? TBH any as there is nothing in the way. cable routing will be the main governing issue.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • PrintsPrints Posts: 86
    so does the swing on the mech govern the direction from which the cable comes, eg, under the downtube or down the seat tube?
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    no the cable routing does that. does the frame have a mech hanger for a rear mech?
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • PrintsPrints Posts: 86
    not part of the frame
    its horizontal dropouts so its hung from a chain tensioner device so that it moves with the wheel

    has cable routing for gears though
  • If you take the frame to a decent bike shop they would sort the correct mech out for you-it would take away the guess work. It may cost you a couple of quid more but would also support your LBS
    Magic

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  • PrintsPrints Posts: 86
    i would do but they are all shutting down around here
    my favourite went a month or so ago :(
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,920
    Multifit front mech is your saviour. they fit all 3 sizes of seat tube and swing both ways :oops:
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • skylinerskyliner Posts: 613
    They don't swing both ways, they pull both ways.
    Dual release shifters "swing both ways".
    Front mechs are divided into conventional( downswing) or topswing. Both can be obtained in Multipull.
    On a Darkangel it doesn't matter too much as long as you get multifit, or the correct shims for seattube sizing on the band.
    It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
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