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short or medium rear derailleur

ianjayteeianjaytee Posts: 46
edited August 2009 in Road beginners
Gear change is not very quick or positive on my centaur group set with 13-29 rear cassette. I have the medium rear derailleur will it improve if I change to the short one.


  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    It will depend on what chainrings you have up front to be able to say whether a short cage derallieur is feasible in the first place. :wink:
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  • Gav2000Gav2000 Posts: 408
    I thought the medium was recommended for the 13-29 by Campagnolo themselves? At least that was the info I had for my bike build which included Centaur 13-29 at the back and 34/50 at the front. My changes aren't a problem with the medium mech I have although I don't go into the 29 sprocket very often and am usually down to about 7mph and panting hard when I do.


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  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,786
    If you're running 34-50 on the front you have 32 teeth difference and should have a medium whereas with 39-53 it's only 30 difference and you should get away with a short, if I remember rightly.
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Either will work, but first off I'd look at gear adjustment and frame rear mech hanger alignment - it's surprising how many frames aren't quite straight. The mech might be bent / twisted also.
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