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    Default 2x and 3x front derailleurs

    Is there any reason a 3x front derailleur (I'm sure there are some people left on this forum who remember those things!) wouldn't work with a 2x crankset?

    The cages look to be a little bit longer (on the 3x) to suit the larger front chainring spread. Is there anything else that is different that would hamper the shifting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Is there any reason a 3x front derailleur (I'm sure there are some people left on this forum who remember those things!) wouldn't work with a 2x crankset?

    The cages look to be a little bit longer (on the 3x) to suit the larger front chainring spread. Is there anything else that is different that would hamper the shifting?
    Maybe alighment but you wouldn't think so. Test and see?

    I use a hand derailleur ;)

    hand front derailleur.jpg

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    ^^^ LMFAO


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    Now I'm waiting for a foot brake.

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    Inner cage plate of a 3x FD is deeper and more convoluted than a 2x, so tuning can be a bit messy, but not impossible.
    Just ride the bloody thing and enjoy yourself!

    I build wheels... :wink:

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    I still have nightmares from my days as a young teen working in bikeshops trying to tune FD's. Steep learning curve.
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    I rode Newtown, before it was cool.

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