When changing my Riv from 3x9 to 2x11, with a New Albion 26/42/chainguard setup, instead of using my Suntour XC Pro FD (which probably would have worked just fine), that I've been using for ~25 years, I opted for an older "road" double. I found a really nicely cleaned up Campagnolo Croce d'Aune FD from c. 1990 on eBay from the UK, and it shifts just fine. It's also very shiny! I've always liked having a mix of manufacturers, so although a similar Dura Ace or Ultegra would be just as good, I wanted a Campy part because I didn't have any other Campy parts on this bike.
So, any good "road double" from the friction front shifter era would probably be great. On Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 4:24:02 PM UTC-7 Kurt Henry wrote: > So, I just found out that the few months I thought I had to firm up parts > for an upcoming Riv-inspired Inglis/Retrotec custom is a little shorter > than that. When I got a call last week, it was to inform me that I was #2 > on the build list, and #1 wasn't returning calls. Sounds like I need to > figure out a few things in short order! > > I want to run a Silver 42/28 crankset but not sure what to use for front > shifting duties. I've used a Suntour Cyclone to shift a 28/45/50 in the > past but am not sure that's the best option. Maybe a derailleur intended > for MTB use would be better? > > The key other criteria I can think of are that I would prefer at least > some shiny parts. Pure black modern components are a non-starter. I will > have either an XT or XTR on the rear, both with a mix of black and silver, > so a little mix on the front is OK. I'm going to be shifting with > Microshift thumbies. They use friction on the front, so no worries about > indexing. It's just a question of which derailleur is most likely to move > the chain in the smoothest way. Any suggestions? > > Thanks all! > Kurt Henry > Lancaster, PA > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "RBW Owners Bunch" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to rbw-owners-bunch+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/rbw-owners-bunch/857e60b6-41a8-45cd-89f8-4bce4be4a854n%40googlegroups.com.