Bought a Ridley X-Fire. I have it all together, but am confused about installing the front derailleur. and how to use the pulley system. It has a Rival group on it. Is the pulley system need to be tight and loose?
The pulley is just so that you can use a standard "bottom pull" front road derailleur with the Ridley top tube cable routing. The pulley should turn easily. Just run the front derailleur cable down the seat tube, around the pulley, and then to the front derailleur.
I helped a buddy put together his X-Fire the other night. The pulley does not turn. Its more like a nylon 'slider' for the cable to slide around. I was pretty surprised by that...
I'm tempted to drill the pulley out for him and install a bushing so it can spin.
We also found that the cable rubs the der spring if you bring the cable up to the der on the near side. Instead, we ran it around to the non-drive side and then to the der. It shifted really clean when set up this way, so we'll try it that way for a while.
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