SRAM Force front shifting probems

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Alex_Bath1598
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SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby Alex_Bath1598 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 17:08 pm

My SRAM Force front shifting seems to be slow, clunky and inconsistent, despite all the correct adjustments being made. I'm on the verge of ordering a Shimano Ultegra front derailleur, hoping that this will fix the problem, and was wondering whether any of you helpful people thought that this would be a good plan?! It's strange because the rear shifting is perfect!

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Monty Dog
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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby Monty Dog » Thu Dec 13, 2012 17:21 pm

Firstly, it's unlikely that an Ultegra mech will work due to different cable-pull ratios between makes. I'd suspect alignment first and then cabling - the most common reasons for front-mechs not working properly.
Are you sure you have the mech set-up correctly ie. outer cage 1-3mm clearance over big chainring and set parallel to chainrings?
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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby Welsh boy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 17:34 pm

A shimano front mech will work Ok (i have done exactly what you suggest) but the spring is much stronger and makes the shift very heavy. I used it for about 4 rides, found no difference so went back to the full SRAM setup

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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby racingcondor » Thu Dec 13, 2012 18:01 pm

There's nothing wrong with Force itself.

I suspect if you have the settings right the problem is that you have either -
1) too much tension in the cable (it should be almost loose when on the small ring),
2) A tight bend in the cable housing causing friction.

When it's done right Force is very quick and very precise. My experience of trying to set it up though ended in a bike shop visit and a great mechanic who fiddled for 30 seconds and as if by magic it was done.

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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby Alex_Bath1598 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 18:25 pm

Perhaps a Shimano chain would improve things?

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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby Sancho Panza » Thu Dec 13, 2012 18:59 pm

a great mechanic who fiddled for 30 seconds and as if by magic it was done.


Perhaps a Shimano chain would improve things?


my experiences exactly - DA chain and a good mechanic. And that mechanic said Force front mechs are prone to problems unless tuned perfectly.

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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby styxd » Thu Dec 13, 2012 23:40 pm

SRAM front mechs are shite.

Shimano 5600 or 6600 front mechs work well

Shifting is not heavy.

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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby rsands » Fri Dec 14, 2012 00:01 am

what exactly is it doing to be slow and clunky? missing teeth when chain is being lifted up? A video would help to see whats going wrong

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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby racingcondor » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Got to admit I run KMC or Shimano chains depending on which are most heavily discounted.

SRAM front mech's are fine. When Red first came out there was a problem with the Ti cage being too flexy which meant a lot of people ran a Force or 6600 cage but that's long gone.

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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby amaferanga » Fri Dec 14, 2012 13:00 pm

Have you got the mech angled correctly? If it's not in line with the chainrings you can get slow shifting.
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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby philthy3 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 08:06 am

styxd wrote:SRAM front mechs are shite.

Shimano 5600 or 6600 front mechs work well

Shifting is not heavy.


Based on what? There's nothing wrong at all with SRAM and comments such as yours are unhelpful. SRAM sell millions of units every year to professionals and amateurs alike and if there were any suggestion their components were mechanically flawed or built from inferior materials it'd be we'll known. You might have a personal preference for Shimano but it doesn't mean SRAM are shite.
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Re: SRAM Force front shifting probems

Postby smidsy » Sat Dec 15, 2012 08:26 am

Alex_Bath1598 wrote:Perhaps a Shimano chain would improve things?


I rather doubt it, worst chains I have ever used (and over priced)
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