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2013-02-22 1:53 PM

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Subject: derailluer size
Having some issues on what size rear derailluer to use on my road bike setup. I tried to google this subject, but there is no real clear info on this. I am running a 12-27 cassette in the rear with a compact crank 50/34 up front. Will i need a short or medium cage RD? my LBS was even unsure telling me to possibly use the med cage as the small cage would not work. Figure i would ask the experts here. Thanks, Andy

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2013-02-22 2:00 PM
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Subject: RE: derailluer size

Sheldon Brown seems to say that a medium is the way to go, but that a "small/SS" should work as well, though he notes that there's no real reason to use one.

 

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/derailers-rear.html

 

2013-02-22 2:02 PM
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Subject: RE: derailluer size

According to United Bicycle Institute:

  1. Determine Maximum Chainring Difference by subracting the number of teeth in the smallest chainring from the number of teeth in the largest chainring

  2. Determine Maximum Cassette Cog Difference by subtracting the number of teeth on the smallest cassette cog from the number of teeth on the largest cassette cog

  3. Determine Total Drivetrain Capacity by adding Maximum Chainring Difference to theMaximum Cassette Cog Difference

  4. Record the Maximum Cassette Cog (the number of teeth on the largest Cassette Cog)

For Shimano:

SS - Short Cage Road Double - Maximum Cassette Cog is 27 and Total Capacity is 29

GS - Medium Cage MTB/Road Triple - Maximum Cassette Cog is 34(MTB)/27(Road) and Total Capacity is 33(MTB)/37(Road)

SGS - Long MTB - Maximum Cassette Cog is 34 and Total Capacity is 45

For SRAM:

Short - Maximum Cassette Cog is 34(MTB)/28(Road) and Total Capacity is 32(MTB)/31(Road)

Medium - Maximum Cassette Cog is 34 and Total Capacity is 37

Long - Maximum Cassette Cog is 34 and Total Capacity is 45

For Campagnolo:

Short - Maximum Cassette Cog is 26 and Total Capacity is 27

Medium - Maximum Cassette Cog is 29 and Total Capacity is 36

Long - Maximum Cassette Cog is 29 and Total Capacity is 39

2013-02-22 2:54 PM
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Subject: RE: derailluer size
I would just go with the medium to be safe.  The small may work, but it's going to be stretched to its limit in the 27.  There's no harm going with the medium.
2013-02-22 3:30 PM
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Subject: RE: derailluer size

Capacity comes into play when you are running small / small so in the OP the 34-12 combination. With the 34-12 combination there is a lot of excess chain that need to be accounted for. The cage picks up the chain.

50-27 combination is controlled by chain length. Cage has nothing to do with it

The maximum rear cog size is controlled the size of the parrallogram and a lesser degree the B screw.



Edited by Sidney Porter 2013-02-22 3:32 PM
2013-02-22 5:47 PM
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Subject: RE: derailluer size
Thanks everyone for the advice. I think I will go with the medium to be safe.


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