Shimano Sora FD-3303-B/F Front Derailleur

3.6/5 (5 Reviews)

Product Description

  • 8-Speed
  • Steel Chain Guide
  • Triple Ring Compatible

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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by soraok a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Cheap but still good quality for the price . Cheap !!! If it brakes like the expensive dura ace and ultgra does some times . hey , you dont break the bank to change it for new ! I've been on rides where brand new ultegra parts striped , leaving the owners mad . My sora sailed along NP.

    Weaknesses:    Rear derailleur is not the quality part of the rest of the groupo . Change it and you got a good group .I real do like the thumb shifter . As I can sit more up right then reaching down for the shifter so much .As tiagra,105,etc...

    Bottom Line:   
    Hey . It's the cheap of the cheap when it comes down to it. But for the price it works wonders compaired to old tech down tube friction shifting .I did trade my rear derailleur for a deore LX . this combinnation has kept up with the best riders around here . Upshifts are great downshifts have too be gental when you go to the granny gear . I hardly ever use it anyways.

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    Favorite Ride:   trek 1000

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   rebek and kroes

    Similar Products Used:   stem shifts , downtubes etc..

    Bike Setup:   trek 1000c , Deore lx rear derailleur, touring rack , conti sport tires ,

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by gord888 a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

    Strengths:    Cheap (but all derailleurs are cheap), simple, works on triple cranks

    Weaknesses:    Lamer sticker, kinda flexy (causes a lag in shifting)

    Bottom Line:   
    I really can't tell the difference between road derailleurs... They are all super simple in design, and go through very similar manufacturing. though the sora i'm using is a little flexier than my friends campy mirage. It shifts well if it's tuned right, and everything else is working well. (3/5 for value since it's really not worth buying.. spend the extra $20 and get the 105)

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    Favorite Ride:   Gatineau Park up Fortune Rd.

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   shimano lx

    Bike Setup:   mostly stock schwinn fastback 2001

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by tigger62 a Road Racer from Granbury, Tx.

    Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001

    Strengths:    Price. 4 of 5

    Weaknesses:    first to second ring and vice versa.
    Can't shift under load.
    Definitely recreational.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought a Trek 1000 01' model year and the Sora was stock. It is sloppy and has popped off several times. Of course for the price you can't whine too much. I'm going to upgrade before too long.

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    Favorite Ride:   All of them

    Purchased At:   Fort Worth Cycle and

    Similar Products Used:   shimano suntour on old Univega Alpina Sport

    Bike Setup:   Trek 1000 01' with shimano clipless,
    Specialized saddle.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Phil from Rockville, MD

    Date Reviewed: August 7, 2001

    Strengths:    Cheap, upshifts real nice

    Weaknesses:    Downshifting

    Bottom Line:   
    There is a serious problem with the downshifting that cought me and a few others unawares. When Going from the largest to the middle ring, it leapfrogs to the bottom, losing all pedal resistance. This is usually a problem at higher cadences, but fairly dangerous in certain situations. I cant say that I have never missed a shift

    Otherwise, it is what you expect for your money, and shifts quite nicely.

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    Favorite Ride:   Outside

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Trek 1000, clipless pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jake a Recreational Rider from amherst MA

    Date Reviewed: June 26, 2001

    Strengths:    this deraillur came with the bike,and except for it,s weight,it functions faultlessly!.

    Weaknesses:    only i,ts weight.

    Bottom Line:   
    the Sora component series(shifters,deraillurs,and cranks)are all really decent pieces of equipment,they all work well for their intended purpose(recreational road riding)unfortunatly,people try to win races with this stuff,and then it,s shortcomings are revealed,and then they complain about it!.lets face it,If you are going to race you NEED Ultegra(or dura Ace). this component series is on the heavy side,but when kept clean and lubed(and used for what it is intended for)these components work as well as anything out there.

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    Favorite Ride:   all of them

    Similar Products Used:   every kind of front changer you can imagine!.

    Bike Setup:   Giant OCR all stock except for Selle AtaliaTurbomatic saddle and Shimano clipless pedals.

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