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I'm looking to replace my 2006 Record 10 rear derailleur and was just going to pick up another similar one (Prices on eBay range from $100 used to $250 new) but it's 10 year old technology.

Should I consider a current Centaur 10 speed rear derailleur (prices $119 new).

I am running pre-2011 Centaur 10 Speed Ultrashift levers.

Any advantages to the more modern Centaur? Does it shift better or is it lighter?

As always, thanks in advance for any thoughts!

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The redesign of the RD's that occurred in 2009 was an improvement, and I suspect some running changes since to improve spring tension. The current 10-speed offering is Veloce since Centaur was discontinued a couple of years ago. I have a 2015 Veloce setup and was most impressed. Cable pull and actuation ratio remains the same through the whole 10-speed line.

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I run both the old (Centaur, Veloce) and new style (Veloce) on different bikes. And to be honest I don't think I can tell the difference. The new style may have a stronger spring making for slightly heavier shifts? But that may be because the bike I run it on has less than ideal cable routing? Or placebo effect?

I suspect the new style Veloce is just as good as all the others and cheap as chips.

I doubt you'll tell the difference whichever you go for. Shifting is great with all.
 
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