Strengths: - Exceptionally easy to setup
- Holds it's tune well
- Very easy to disassemble the pulley cage for cleaning, quality hardware so the little bolts don't wear out
- Quality bearings on both pulleys, after cleaning they spin freely good as new
Weaknesses: If you're coming to a stop from a high rate of speed (i.e. traffic light changes in front of you on the flats or on a downhill) and you're in a very small cog, you can't safely dump gears as quickly as with Shimano deraiullers.
If you try to downshift about 6 gears very quickly the chain will jump off the top pulley and jam. As long as you stop pedaling instantly it's OK, but it requires coasting to a stop and fixing the chain. I did this 2-3 times when I first bought the Rival group and my pulley cage is quite gouged as a result, but the deraiuller did not break. Now I have adjusted my shifting style and this never happens, I make sure to downshift 2-3 gears, pedal, and then downshift another 2-3 gears.
It appears the cause of this is trimming the cage a little excessively, possibly a foolish weight saving measure.
Overall I'm fairly happy with this deraiuller. It basically only has one weakness.
I bought a Redline Conquest Team frame, but am having major problems with the rear shifting. When I get to the big cogs, the effort needed to shift ramps up way too high. The front is fine though. I am running old 10 speed Sram Rival that worked perfectly on my old bike.
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For sale is my Specialized Crux. I bought this on Ebay in 2011 and it was pristine then. I raced one season and have used it for fair weather commuting ever since. Here are the specs:
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