How to adjust a front derailleur

Tuning the front of your mountain bike transmission

Badly adjusted gears are frustrating, will slow you down and can even be dangerous. So if your front derailleur isn't capable of climbing the cogs like it used to be it's about time you gave it some loving. 

Thankfully, adjusting your gears isn't a particularly difficult or time consuming task. Allow Mountain Biking UK's in-house bike surgeon, Andrew Dodd, to guide you through the necessary steps in this clear and informative video.

How to adjust a front derailleur
Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK
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